Another great AMC show, The Walking Dead, is still going strong in season 3.
As this season concludes, we see Daryl’s brother Merle perform the ultimate sacrifice by trying to take down the evil Governor. Unfortunately the Governor overpowers him and kills him and because of the new change in the zombie virus, everyone that dies becomes a zombie at death.
This all came about when Rick was given an ultimatum by the Governor to hand over Michonne in exchange for “peace” between the two groups. Seeing the difficulty Rick had with making the decision, Merle took matters into his own hands and knocks out Michonne, ties her up and attempts to deliver her to the Governor himself.
Halfway there, Merle changes his mind, partly due to Michonne’s reasoning and partly due to his own conscience and decides to face out the Governor alone.
Discovering Michonne’s and his brother’s disappearance, Daryl sets out to find them both, finding Michonne first who tells him what his brother did. Poor Daryl then finds his brother eating the flesh of another human and heartbreakingly brings himself to end the life of the zombie, his brother for good.
Meanwhile the Governor is like a cockroach, surviving like no other villain has. Poor Andrea is still held hostage by him, unbeknown to her friends back at the prison.
While we thoroughly enjoy the challenges these characters face on The Walking Dead, sometimes it feels the writing lets the viewers down by ignoring authenticity to create more drama where it’s needed. For instance, the audience has known Rick’s character from the beginning, we trust him (apart from his moment of mental weakness after his wife’s death). But the way he even considered giving up Michonne and relying on the Governor to keep his word was ridiculous. Rick should have known better than that and we all know it.
Also, the way Andrea kept “believing in” the Governor and how long she continued to be infatuated with him, even though she had witnessed his evil nature at work and heard about his dark ways through many of her own friends like Michonne and Glenn, was also preposterous. It continued to drag out until an episode or two ago when she FINALLY decides it’s time she kill the Governor (after missing plenty of golden opportunities beforehand).
Anyway, it’s still an enjoyable watch and we look forward to season 4!
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