Sunday night’s Walking Dead episode “Walk With Me” definitely slowed the pace down, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t pack a pretty hard punch. New characters were introduced and a pretty familiar face pops back up to say hello. REMINDER: Spoilers are ahead!
“Walk with Me” puts Rick and the gang in the backseat and gives the wheel to Andrea and Michonne. While making their way along the highway Andrea and Michonne witness a helicopter crash off in the distance. While checking out the wreckage the girls are taken to the town of Woodbury, a small town upheld like civilization used to be. At the lead is The Governor, a kind and gentle man whom the town looks to for safety and guidance and his left hand man – wink, wink – just happens to be good old Merle Dixon. As Andrea starts to fall under the influence of the town, Michonne is still hesitant about the whole operation.
I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this episode because the focus is completely off of Rick and his group on put directly on Andrea and Michonne. Not that I’m complaining too much because we finally get a larger look into Michonne, but to quote a friend of mine, The Walking Dead without Rick and company is like Christmas without the tree or Thanksgiving without the turkey. It just isn’t the same. Something else that I didn’t personally like is Andrea’s character seems to almost be taking a step back. I know she seems weak from being sick, but by the end of the second season she had become a very strong character. She was ready to do what needed to be done. She wasn’t the whiny, whoa as me, person as she was before. In “Walk with Me” she seems to be so quick to trust the Governor and the town, much to Michonne’s chagrin. I would think that after almost being blown up in the CDC and being played a little by Shane, Andrea would know that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. My fingers are crossed that she comes to her senses pretty quickly.
Another problem I think a lot of people may have with this episode was the pace. It was a big tempo change from “Seed” and “Sick” and very reminiscent of the much complained about pacing from season two. While it was a little jarring, I think this episode needed to have a slower pace. The Governor is such a huge character in the books and he needs to be handled with care. Personally, I think the ending to the episode more than made up for the slow start. This show continues to find moments that drop my jaw and when The Governor and his group viciously slaughtered the group of soldiers I was speechless. David Morrissey may not be a perfect visual representation of his comic counterpart, but he does a brilliant job of embodying the true nature of that character. I was disappointed that we didn’t get a glimpse of his daughter, but I was a giddy fan boy when the Governor’s wall of zombie heads made the leap to the small screen.
Another aspect that really piqued my interest is the return of Merle Dixon because he doesn’t seem the same person. For one, he was in a room with Michonne without any racial comments and he actually showed some sympathy towards Andrea and Amy’s death. His return poses some very interesting questions. If he was found by the Governor wandering around on the brink of death, who took the moving truck that went missing back in season one? Will Merle and Daryl have a happy reunion or will lines be drawn? When Merle and Rick meet will Merle want a little hand for a hand retribution?
I have so many questions and I can’t wait for Sunday night. The Walking Dead is probably one of the best dramas on television to date and so far it’s living up to its tagline; Fight the Dead. Fear the Living.