There’s something about AMC’s The Walking Dead that keeps us coming back for more. This season seems to trump previous seasons with the tension between characters and the knowledge that a war is coming. We recognize this but it seems to loom in the distance as we tune in week after week for the smaller stories of relationships and survival.
Relationships are tough to begin with, but when they are taking place during a Zombie Apocalypse their tedious and mundane details seem forgotten as we watch the face-to-face between the Governor and Rick and the escape from Woodbury by Andrea. These characters click and we continue to tune in to their lives.
From her escape, Andrea has her goal set on making it to the prison with the Walker she’s transformed into her body-guard, like Michonne did. Of course when she arrives Rick has lost trust in Andrea and Andrea blames Michonne for the lies she has told the gang about her.
Merle Dixon. From that first episode back in Season One he didn’t sit well with me. He always seems to be such a wild card to me. As we tuned in Sunday we watched as Merle abandons Michonne alongside the highway for some whiskey to build courage to take out the Governor His past comes through when he seeks the “fix” and shreds the beds apart in the jail looking for drugs.
He decides a peace offering will get him back on the Governor’s good side and binds Michonme and shares his plan to hand her over to the Governor. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
We already knew Merle was human. In this episode we see compassion perhaps for the first time in Merle. He unties Michonne and sends her off. He is going to kill the Governor on his own and make it right with the Grimes clan.
Driving with the radio blasting, attracting zombies until they arrive at Verlin’s Feed & Seed where the Governor and his soldiers wait for what they believe will be the hand off of Rick and Michonne, Merle comes close to pulling it off. The zombies distract the Governor’s soldiers while Merle hides in the barn and takes potshots. It goes downhill in a split second when Ben steps in front of the bullet Merle set free from the gun to claim the Governor.
Merle is found later beaten. Inflicted by the Governor who bites off fingers and pulls out his Beretta taking aim at Merle, whose last words are, “I ain’t gonna beg you”. The Governor shoots, but not in the head.
Sadly, Merle’s brother Daryl arrives and finds Merle feeding on Ben’s corpse. Daryl is left with only the option to kill the brother who has above all else love him.
At least he went out with a bang.
The Walking Dead perhaps is a show we love because all of the characters have good, bad and a little evil in them. They all face the same problems and are trying to keep everyone alive.
Next week is The Walking Dead finale, and we’ve been promised a war. Who will win, the Governor with his abundant army and unlimited ammunition or will it be the Grimes gang we have come to love, and sometimes hate. Tune-in on Sunday to AMC to watch “Walking to the Tombs” and learn their fate.