‘Walk with Me’ finally introduces The Governor (David Morrissey) to ‘The Walking Dead’ (AMC, Sundays 9:00 p.m.). In this third episode of the third season we get none of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group at the prison. Instead we find Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) walking towards a helicopter crash and that is where we meet The Governor and his (pun absolutely intended) right hand man, Merle Dixon (John Rooker).
After Andrea and Michonne are taken by the Governor and his men, we see them wake up inside a new world. This world is Woodbury, an apparent safe haven in the middle of nothing but chaos. The Governor is the ruler of this world and makes sure everyone does their part in order to be able to stay there. There is a doctor, landscaping crews and the small oasis is even surrounded by armed guards around the clock so that no “biters” can break though their big walls. In looking at this town of Woodbury and the man in charge of it, we can’t help but feel like this is the life that Rick would want for his group of survivors.
Were we to compare Rick and the Governor a season ago, there would be little to write about, however the events leading to the end of season two remind us just how easily someone can change in this post apocalyptic world. Could the parallels between Rick and the Governor be an indication of where the show is headed in this third season? Rick has already claimed that it is no longer a democracy and in order for the Governor to get people to follow him the way they have; you have to think it all started by saying something similar.
Similarities aside, David Morrissey’s understated portrayal of the Governor is so good in this episode that he might already be the most interesting character on the show. As fans of the comic books know, this is a bad man. He’s certainly one of the best comic villains of all time, and it was hard not to like him in this episode. That was of course until we saw the fish tanks full of “alive” zombie heads.
It was a brave move for the producers of the show to have such faith in this new storyline that they focused on it for the entire episode, but it worked. The build up in the coming episodes of a Rick versus Governor showdown is well worth the wait. With the focus now on two separate surviving groups the show has more room to breathe, while the audience holds their breath.
‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC can be seen in Portland, ME on Comcast channel 47. Also on Time Warner Cable channels 47 (reg. def.) and 577 (hi-def).