10 Things We Learned From Last Night’s Eye-Popping ‘The Walking Dead’

By: 12.03.12

8. The Zombie Kill Of The Season — Michonne. Boom. RIP PENNY.

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9. Wise Up, Andrea — Andrea, of course, walked in on Michonne before she could dispatch with The Governor, which led to a epic showdown between THE SCOWL and CAPTAIN OBLIVIOUS.

Naturally, it came to nothing, and afterwards, Andrea was entirely too amenable to The Governor’s explanation for The Governor’s Fish Tank Pleasure Town. “It prepares me for the horrors outside.” Uh huh. I don’t get it, Andrea. What’s the allure of The Governor? Maybe she just has a thing for men who love their children. Awwwwwwwww.

10. Merle vs. Daryl — I’m not entirely sure about the success of big midseason finale cliffhanger. The Governor scapegoats Merle, brings out the capture Daryl, and works the crowd into a “KILL THEM” frenzy.

The best part about the sequence, really, was Andrea’s “OH SH*T” face.

The biggest problem I had with the cliffhanger was AMC’s decision to air “Next on” scenes for the second half of the season, which diffused any of the tension we might have felt with Merle and Daryl facing death and Andrea looking on in horror. The “next on” scenes basically spoiled the outcome of that match.

Overall, however, it was a strong mid-season finale. The Governor lost an eye, which gave us some satisfaction. The Prison Gang added some new members, rescued Glenn and Maggie, solidified their alliance with Michonne, and most likely, set it up so that Merle will rejoin them in the second half of the season. There were no major character deaths (poor Oscar; he never lived long enough to rise to the level of major character) and there were no hugely shocking events. However, it was a very solid cap to the end of a ridiculously amazing first half of season three. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait until February for any resolution.

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