…or, more appropriately, “A Toolbox Full of Hammers.”
Merle Dixon has returned, which means more of the fantastic Michael Rooker this season. He seems to have mellowed a bit, despite losing his hand, and doesn’t seem like he’s going anywhere this time. You can credit the presence of the Governor, who seems to be the only one capable of keeping everyone’s favorite racist redneck psychopath in check.
The Governor runs his own little kingdom in Woodbury, Georgia, and the sight of people walking the streets in daylight, toting shopping bags and generally behaving like civilized Americans, is jarring. It becomes apparent that the burden of leadership is a heavy one, as the Governor refuses to offer his actual name and has a lot of fishtanks with walker heads in them for an entertainment system.
The resident scientist—his qualifications are pretty vague at this point—points out that even though every toolbox needs a hammer, it isn’t always the best tool for the job. Unfortunate if true, because it seems that the Governor has filled his inner circle with cold blooded killers and one tea-making dweeb to make things interesting.
Even though Andrea is fooled by the appearance of sanctuary in Woodbury, her new bestie Michonne isn’t so easily convinced. Although, as viewers, we haven’t known Michonne long, the apparent contradictions in her character are intriguing. She is protective of Andrea, gentle even, but refuses to answer any personal questions after months of helping her to survive. There is a connection to her two pet walkers (now fishtank inhabitants), which she beheads without a moment’s hesitation.
The logic in having armless, jawless walkers hanging around is laid out for us in plain terms by Mr. Theoretical Degree. Too bad the smell is so upsetting to the residents of Woodbury. The Governor seems to have everyone fooled into thinking that he’s not a murderer, and the steely silence of his henchmen is as chilling as the image of the man sitting with his bourbon, admiring the most recent additions to his head collection.
The population of Woodbury has a notably high ratio of women, and it’s safe to assume that this isn’t a fun place to be female. I’m sure there will be lots more reasons to wish a slow, unpleasant death on the Governor when the rubber meets the road and Rick’s group comes up against him.
Until then, enjoy the tea.
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