Monday, October 29, 2012

The Walking Dead 3.3 meets Meadowland

The Walking Dead is off to a fine start this third season, and hit a high chilling note in last night's episode 3.3, as we catch up with Andrea and meet a new character, the "Governor," who runs a seemingly idyllic - by Walking Dead standards - human community, Woodbury.

The actor, David Morissey, has experience with such communities.  In the short-lived but excellent Meadowlands of a few years ago, he played a victim of a such a place.  Last night, as the person in charge, he's the perpetrator of the strangeness in store for us.

Merle - Daryl's brother - is also on hand, without the hand that he cut off to escape from the cuffing and walkers that Rick left him in and to in Atlanta season before last.  He seems to have gotten over his racism - I didn't catch any nastiness from him about Michonne - and may be  the only ally Andrea and Michonne end up having against the Gov.

Michonne's already suspicious - as she is of almost everything.  And this time, as in most times, it's justified.  Andrea so far seems nothing but charmed by the handsome, articulate Governor.

His truth: he kills humans outside of Woodbury as quickly as walkers.  Or, at least, human males in the military.  Why he does this is not yet clear.   Because he doesn't want any men with guns other than his in Woodbury?  Or maybe doesn't want any men at all, because he wants to keep the women all to himself and the other male residents.

Whatever the reason, we're bound to see more the Governor and what he's really up to.   The last scene has him looking at heads - mostly walker - in bottles of formaldehyde.  As trophies?  Or something more functional?   There should be some good times ahead as Merle and Daryl are finally reunited.

"As a genre-bending blend of police procedural and science fiction, The Silk Code delivers on its promises." -- Gerald Jonas, The New York Times Book Review

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