The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 3 “Walk with Me” (B+)
This was an excellent episode, atypical because it featured none of the regular cast aside from Andrea, exploring her story only in a way reminiscent of the Tailies on “Lost.” This show always has superb opening sequences, and watching the helicopter go down not too far from Andrea and Michonne was terrific. The return of Merle isn’t entirely shocking given that AMC didn’t keep it a secret, but it’s good to see that the crotchety racist is just as moody as ever. The governor is a fascinating character, giving others a sense of security and friendliness as he runs his 73-person camp. Not allowing people to have weapons and not disclosing his real name are sensible peacekeeping strategies, but something felt off right up until the Governor walked towards the military men and exterminated all of them with the help of his henchmen. His huge tank of severed heads is by far the most disconcerting part, and let’s hope that Andrea and Michonne survive long enough not to join them. I’m excited to see Dallas Roberts, often see on “The Good Wife” and “The L Word,” as Milton, and I think he’s a very interesting character, so intrigued by Michonne’s dismembered walker prisoners, interpreting them as repellants and attributing a former personal relationship between them and Michonne, who had no trouble taking off their heads to ensure that they weren’t found. It may not come for a while, but I’m eager to see how Rick and the Governor interact when they inevitably cross paths.