Have you read the Walking Dead comic books? I don't want to spoil anything [spoiler alert] but just so you know, I have. Up to #32. And a lot of things are happening that I'm into for that very reason. Just so you know. Just saying. [end of spoiler alert] Now, when was the last time we saw Merle...
"Walk With Me" begins with a helicopter (comic book!) crashing into a field near Michonne and Andrea. Andrea's sick with throw-up sickness, lots of "sore throats" if you know what I mean or are in my immediate family (I used to claim a sore throat when I was in fact about to throw up). So she's got a sore throat and it is the EXACT wrong time because a few men are investigating her same helicopter crash and those girls have got some hiding to do!!!
Michonne has removed the arms and jaws of her zombie buddies. They carry her bags, and as we learn later on, they've lost the will to eat (since they can't). Their smell repels other zombies, giving Michonne and Andrea great camouflage. I think the comic book [spoiler alert] explains that they're Michonne's brother and boyfriend or something, but I didn't catch their story in the episode. *update: I was wrong about this [end of spoiler alert] Doesn't matter; they're dead in two seconds flat if it will keep the girls from being discovered by these new investigators.
But after those two seconds, MERLE FREAKING DIXON finds them. And he's got a Terminator arm attachment. I believe his first line back is "Ohhhh holy shiiiiit!" followed closely by "How's about a big hug for your old pal Merle?" Fuhhhh, we all hoped you were dead from wrist-based blood loss. Please...don't...turn Daryl shitty.
I suppose the main plot point of this episode lies in the girls seeing these new men head-stab the dead passengers of the helicopter crash. They haven't stuck around any dead bodies long enough to realize that all corpses reanimate, bitten or not. It gives Michonne the hate-glares. She thinks they're sadists.
The girls ride blindfolded into Woodbury, an idyllic little 73- (soon to be 74-) person oasis built around the antique storefronts of a little old downtown area. It's run by a charming Bill Compton-type who calls himself The Governor, and it seems to have a pretty solid defense system. Andrea kinda likes it. Michonne is PISSED. She will stink-eye the Governor for episodes to come. At least it's better than last year's broken record faces (Carol's forlorn about her lost daughter, Dale side-eyes Shane all the time, etc etc blah blah blah). Otherwise, life in Woodbury seems as perfect as Hill Valley in 1955.
The Governor speaks with the ailing helicopter pilot (the only survivor of the crash) to find out where the rest of his platoon is camped out. Up until now, we've had no solid reason to think the Governor's a bad guy. Sure, Michonne hates him, and sure, his devotion to utopia is a little too-too, but he hasn't done anything distinctly bad. Until he marches up to the troops and ambushes them to loot their military-issue supplies.
Andrea and the Governor flirt a little bit when he gets back to camp. CUT TO HIM LEAVING HIS PROSTITUTE ON THE BED TO UNLOCK A SECRET ROOM FULL OF ZOMBIE HEADS IN TANKS THAT HE LIKES TO LOOK AT WHILE SITTING IN A BEAUTIFUL LEATHER EASY CHAIR. This dude's a freak!!!!!!!!!!
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