'Walking Dead' Recap: A Bunch of New Faces (& One Blast From the Past)

The Walking DeadIt's the Sunday before Halloween, and I think you know what that means: the inexorable downward spiral has begun, and it's only a matter of time until you wake up from a drooling chocolate coma, surrounded by a staggering pile of colorful wrappers, while your children sit nearby weeping brokenly over the mysterious decimation of their coveted candy stash. Also, The Walking Dead was on tonight! Man, you gotta love October.

When last we left our hardy gang of survivors, we learned Hershel's fate, discovered what happens when Rick gets pissed, and got an inkling that someone -- friend or foe? -- was keeping an eye on their not-so-idyllic prison life.

As for what went down tonight, let's recap some of the (SPOILERY!) top Walking Dead moments:


Finally, an explanation for that mysterious helicopter from season one. Remember the 'copter that Rick saw two seasons ago, right before his horse got turned into walker chow in downtown Atlanta? Now we know it belonged to a military squad, who had the bad luck to crash within the Governor's reach. (Actually, did the Governor's guys take it down by shooting the rotors? I'm thinking yes.)

Merle! He's baaaaaaaaaaack. Turns out Merle made it off that roof after all, and he's made himself a nice little stump-weapon. Granted, it's no Ash's Chainsaw from Evil Dead 2, but it's still pretty badass. I'm kind of glad Merle's back in the show, because in addition to delivering the awesome line, "Now, how’s a bout a big hug for your old pal Merle?" I suspect there's going to be something interesting down the line involving him turning against the Governor in order to save his brother Daryl.

Michonne is hardcore. Not only did she come up with the ingenious idea of using the walkers as camouflage, she wasted no time in hacking their heads right the hell off when she needed them to STFU. Plus, she pretty much held the exact same expression for the entire episode, which was, like, a seriously impressive amount of suspicious glowering. While Andrea seems to be developing something of a little crush on the Governor, Michonne's isn't buying any of it -- she's lurking in the background, glowering at everything, visibly twitching to get her hands back on her katana sword.

The Governor isn't what he seems. Well, duh. Even if you haven't read the comics, the show creators have been pretty up front about the fact that the Governor's character isn't really the benevolent, reluctant leader of a peaceful little town. Now that we've seen him slaughter the remaining army guys (viciously bludgeoning one guy to death while gleeking all over the place, clue numero uno this guy's a few beers short of a six pack), pillage their supplies, and lie to the town about what happened, we know he's a ruthless killer -- and while it's clear Merle is his slightly clueless go-to guy for violence, it's less obvious what's going on with Milton the scientist. Is Milton trying to figure out how to control the zombies for the Governor? Is he working on a cure? Do the severed heads of walkers floating in a wall of fish tanks have anything to do with Milton's work, and Milton's questions about whether the walkers remember anything about who they once were, and possibly the family photo that the Governor looked at? Or are they just there for his twisted viewing enjoyment? What part of this particular storyline is going to be like the comics? So many questions, so few answers.

Speaking of questions, what was in the tea that Milton gave Andrea? Is he just proud of his tea-brewing technique, or what?
What did you think of tonight's episode? Also, if you don't mind weighing in, I'd love to know if you're more interested in a full recap like I did for the last couple episodes, or more of a just-the-highlights post like this one?

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