The Walking Dead 303: ‘Walk With Me’
Drinking Game Alert: Every time Michonne Makes Squinty-Grr Face, Take a Shot
Talk about the flashback of a fucking lifetime this week. We opened with scenes way back from Season One to show us what happened to Merle Dixon. Then we got another look at that fucking helicopter – the one that caused the herd to overrun the farm. I think this helicopter must operate outside of the bounds of the space time continuum. First season it’s in the air hovering around Rick in Atlanta. Second season it’s in the air hovering around Atlanta inciting a herd before flying off. Third season it’s STILL in the air, but this time something hinky happens and they finally go down, which means they won’t be inspiring any more weird sound driven zombie massacre’s anytime soon… and they must have had enough fuel in that thing to last a lifetime.
There weren’t any shots of a bunch of zombies tearing these guys apart. But there were a few awesome shots of a guy that got cut in half by the propeller before turning into a Walker. The smoke billowing up that we see from a distance makes the “Sneak Peek” earlier this week a little clearer. I’ll give you a second to absorb how ridiculous that article is and then another minute to realize just how much of a Walking Dead freak I am when you consider that I didn’t have to look at any notes or recaps to recall all of that info. Yeah… sorry guys… or not, I’m not really ashamed to be this big of a horror nerd.
So the ladies head for the crash site, Andrea puking up a lung in the process. Gross. Michonne chains her zombies to a nearby tree, as any responsible pet owner would do. I love every close up we get of these guys. She’s about to confirm if there are any survivors when we get our first glimpse of the much awaited Governor.
Much like my gay bestie Dirk Carrington constantly reminds me, in the event of a zombie apocalypse we wouldn’t be able to take my little Fauntleroy along when we ran for safety. Even though I argue that he’d be a great watch dog and could help us hunt (for posh accommodations) he always puts the kibosh on that by telling me dogs would only give us away. That holds true for pet zombies as well, as the site of all those yumyum humans causes them to go a little bananas and almost gives our girls’ position away. Anyone else surprised when Michonne didn’t hesitate to cut them down? If you’re a comics fan, you most definitely were.
Just when we think they have narrowly escaped inciting anyone’s attention, who shows up to get the jump on them but Merle Dixon?! And he’s got a sick solution to the whole “missing hand” thing!
We FINALLY get our first good look at Woodbury, and there is a part of me that thinks Andrea’s maneuvering to hook up with The Governor. Since this is “show rules” and not “comics rules” who knows what this Governor is going to be like. So I’m just going to go ahead and throw that out there. Also, if you DVR’d the show I highly recommend pausing it to read Robert Kirkman’s five favorite things the series changed about the comics – they’re pretty much everybody’s five favorite changes (although my fingers are still crossed the show won’t get “rapey”).
Not only does the Governor have Merle at his disposal, he’s got a nerdly doctor as well who is utterly fascinated with Michonne’s pets. That doctor would be “Milton” – the guy that Mazzara told me he was really excited for all of us to meet. Am I going to keep referencing that I get to talk to Glen Mazzara? You’re fucking right I am. You would too if you could so just pipe down and let my good fortune benefit all of us, okay? You’ll actually get to read more of our convo in the next issue of Stiff Magazine. Shameless plug alert (okay, more shameless plugging): that won’t appear until December but it’s AWESOME – we talk about the creative process and how he adapts the books to the screen. BUT – the October issue is out now, and you can read my featured story about the 25th anniversary of Hellraiser. Okay, am I done? Yeah, I think I’m done…
There are so many fantastic effects shots in this episode but the highlight was seeing her pets’ still animated heads looking around on Milton’s slab. He discovers that by removing the arms and jaws and basically starving them the Walkers turn into something else. Deprived of the ability to feed they grow uninterested in it, and by keeping them around in that fairly harmless state they serve as camouflage from other Walkers. The Governor dubs these guys “Lurkers” and I think it’s got a nice sound to it.
Milton’s eager to speak with Michonne and find out how she learned to harness these Lurkers to her advantage but when he and The Governor attempt to share breakfast with her and Andrea it’s all glares and angry eyes from her. Actually that’s about all we get out of her this episode. Dirk likened it to “B.A. Baracus with lady bits.” Andrea’s a bit more talkative. She is skeptical of how The Governor has managed to keep this town safe and doubtful he will be able to keep it that way.
One factor might be the way he mows down everyone he finds! Damn. Cristina (shout out, Gorgeous) called me cold blooded after I said I’d do the same last week, looks like The Governor might be my kind of guy, even with that totally nutzo wall of heads. (Minus the “rapey” stuff – just saying. More on that later. But hopefully not.)
All Photos by Gene Page/AMC