The Walking Dead Episode 5: Rick Is Depraved and So Is Woodbury
After we were all sufficiently traumatized by last week's graphic Lori-killing-baby-arriving episode, this week's installment commences with a street party in Woodbury, with Andrea enjoying all of the luxuries that regular town-living affords -- like ice in drinks. Then we see the Governor brushing the hair of his zombified child, who subsequently tries to eat him (zombies will do that, y'know). Yay! It's The Walking Dead!
Shoot straight to Rick, clutching his blood-covered newborn baby (which actually might not be his, but whatever). Hershel suggests finding formula immediately so the infant doesn't die and Daryl and Maggie pledge to "go for a run" to find it. Glenn objects, but Maggie says she must do it for Lori. Rick goes on a crazed zombie-killing revenge spree for his dead wife. As you do.
Meanwhile, the Governor is making a grand speech, like a true (lying) politician, to the subjects of Woodbury. Andrea looks on adoringly, while Michonne raids the files of the Gov: a book containing a list of names and a whole bunch of unreadable writing. She's interrupted by the Governor, the lab geek, and Merle, and hides. She hears the Governor ask the lab geek to postpone an experiment of some kind, so goes hunting.
Michonne subsequently finds a warehouse full of the undead on Woodbury grounds, frees them, and swiftly slaughters them with her recently retrieved Samurai sword. She is immediately discovered and taken to the Governor's office. He questions her motives and says he's "got nothing to hide." He says he's just "trying to do right" by the people he "cares about." He also says that Michonne fits in at Woodbury. He offers to keep the fact that Michonne just went on an unauthorized killing spree in exchange for her joining his research team. So she points her sword at his neck and promptly leaves. Nice one, lady.
Glenn is back at the prison and digging graves for T, Lori, and Carol, who expired most dramatically last week. Axel and Oscar, the prisoners, come to talk to him and offer some comfort for his losses. They start digging while Glenn retreats to talk to Hershel and, still bitter about last week's deaths, says that part of him "wishes [the group] killed all the prisoners on sight." Glenn's getting tough! And Hershel sympathizes! Woop!
The Governor tells Andrea that Michonne reclaimed her sword and killed his "captive biters." She's understandably curious as to why he would have those, but he refuses to elaborate. He says Michonne threatened him; Andrea defends her. The Governor says he doesn't want Michonne to have to leave but her behavior is unacceptable. When Andrea catches up with Michonne, Michonne is packing her bags, desperate to go and telling Andrea that no one ever gets to leave Woodbury. Andrea continues to say she wants to stay. Because she's still a blinkered idiot apparently.
Glenn heads back into the prison quarters and finds Rick hacking the undead to (re)death. Glenn suggests they just close off all the doors and leave the zombies there. So Rick pins him against the wall in an unnecessarily aggressive way and pulls all manner of crazy-man faces. Glenn craps his pants a little bit. But only a little bit. Because he's hella tough these days.
Next thing we know, Merle and other Woodbury manfolk are retrieving the undead from traps they've set. Some are killed on sight. What they do with the zombies resembles crazy animal cruelty that actually makes us sympathize with the undead for a second. Gross.
Maggie and Daryl break into an old nursery, eerily empty, in the hunt for formula. Maggie takes diapers, baby bottles, a little formula and whatever other supplies she can find. Daryl saunters around the place with his crossbow, flashlight in mouth, looking depressed about the whole thing. Then he kills a ferret. Which kind of sucks.
Michonne and Andrea are finally trying to leave Woodbury, but Merle stops them at one of the blockades at town's end and tells them to "find shelter before nightfall." "See?" Michonne points out again to Andrea. "There's always a reason why we can't leave yet." Andrea finally (finally!) looks worried for a second, but defends Merle and Woodbury anyway, saying she's too tired to go on outside of the safe walls of the town. "Are you coming or not?" Michonne asks. Andrea begs Michonne not to give her an ultimatum and ultimately stays, as Michonne heads out beyond the barricades alone. Andrea gets teary eyed. Andrea sits sadly on a bench and the Governor approaches her and tries to give her comfort, false as ever. He offers her a drink and she walks off hand in hand with him.
Daryl and Maggie head back to the prison and Lori's screaming baby, cradled in Carl's arms. Daryl feeds the baby some formula. Carl wants to name his new sister Sophia or Lori. After his dead friend or dead mom (so many dead people!). Daryl decides to call her "Lil ass kicker" instead. Which works too. Meanwhile, Rick is still off killing things in another part of the prison, ignoring his new child and generally being a lunatic. Talk about grieving!
Andrea and the Governor rejoin the street party that's been going on all day in Woodbury and all settle in to watch Merle and another town resident murder a group of undead prisoners who are all chained up and captive. Andrea is disturbed, but the other town residents whoop and holler -- even when Merle and one of the other residents fight each other to get to their prisoners. Andrea is disgusted, telling the Gov: "You go for a jog to blow off steam -- this is sick. It's barbaric." The Governor points out that it's all staged and that the walkers' teeth have all been removed. "We're teaching [the townspeople] not to be afraid," he says. Andrea looks worried (natch).
In the final scene, we see Daryl putting a lone flower on one of the graves of the recently departed (probably Carol's), while Rick sits sweaty and bloody in the prison. All of a sudden, a phone in there rings. A sound we've learned not to expect in this show. He picks up the phone... "Hello?"... and the show ends. What the b'Jesus?
We can't wait to see just how depraved Woodbury gets next week. And we can't wait to see who's on the other end of the line of Rick's (possible-imagined) phone call. This show just continues to get more awesome. Tune in next week.