Arrow in the Doorpost continued to mix things up this week with the majority of action taking place away from the prison. The episode gathers various members of Woodbury and the prison in an abandoned barn so their two leaders can discuss a potential peace treaty. War has been on the cards ever since Glen and Maggie were taken prisoner so I think it is safe to say that this episode was the calm before the storm.
The Governor was playing mind games from the word go. While Rick arrived with his sidekicks, Herschel and Daryl, the Governor turned up alone giving him enough time to strap a gun to the table. This came as a surprise to everyone, not least Andrea who doesn’t have as much of a hold over her bf as she first thought. Things go from bad to worse for Andrea as she finally learns what happened to Maggie while she imprisoned in Woodbury. After this startling revelation she’s given the boot for acting above her station and setting out negotiations with Rick. With her gone we see the meeting for what it really is a power struggle between two men who both know that war is inevitable.
As they wait for the Governor and Rick their cronies figure out they have a lot in common. Daryl and Caesar bond over some walker bashing while Milton and Herschel discuss more intellectual matters. Milton demonstrates that you don’t need to be an experienced fighter to be of use rebuilding the world. Instead he has busied himself recording events after the apocalypse. Having fallen victim to the Governor’s propaganda for too long Milton seems shocked to learn how decent and resourceful the prison folk are. It’s clear Andrea wants to be over at the prison, so Milton may well join her. He would certainly be handy to have around, as the Governor right hand man I’m sure there are all sorts of juicy secrets he could spill.
Back at the prison Merle is getting restless. This is understandable. As the Governor’s former lieutenant he knows more than most what awful things this man is capable of. His idea to sneak in and kill the Governor seemed to me like a very good one. Glen (who in Rick and Daryl’s absence is man of the house) refuses to let him go, what if the Governor is armed? What if he has more men there? What if one of their own got caught in the crossfire? There have been so many deaths that it’s understandable why Glen doesn’t want this burden. However it’s always been clear that war is inevitable, so this one death could have saved the prison a whole lot of hassle. Merle is of course unhappy with the decision, he has always been a wild card so should the two go to war it’s unlikely he will follow Ricks instructions. While his brutality will prove useful him being such a loose cannon could well put others in danger.
Rick and the Governor’s discussion is long-winded and fairly dull. Since it was so obvious what was going to happen a lot of it seems pointless. We do however get a nice juicy shot of the Governor’s missing eye. This is followed by the revelation that all this could go away, Rick must do just one thing: hand over Michonne. The man is an egomaniac so it is possible that he would risk the life’s of his own for revenge. But he is also untrustworthy, I just hope Rick isn’t stupid enough to think he will stick to his word.
Between Arrow on the Doorpost and last weeks episode Clear we have finally got away rom the relentless discussions concerning the groups new members. Now however the series is moving in a very obvious direction. That being war with Woodbury, I only hope there isn’t too much blood shed, as it seems very unlikely many people will pull through unscathed.