Brotherhood, Betrayal & the Buildup: The Walking Dead Episode 307 Review
Every week for the rest of the existence of The Walking Dead, I will be reviewing each episode with comparisons to Robert Kirkman‘s graphic novels of the same name. I will tackle both major and minor conflicts, themes, and execution of the show’s production; I will do this all while adding my self-proclaimed expertise in both the show and comics.
This week in “When the Dead Come Knocking,” fans got a bundle of material to sit on until the midseason finale which, unfortunately, will air next Sunday. Between Glenn and Maggie’s hostage debacle, Michonne showing up at the prison, and Grimes’ finest badasses making way to Woodbury, viewers of the hit AMC drama are in for one helluva treat come Sunday.
The Good Ol’ Merle returns with a vengeance.
We know Merle. We have seen him on nine episodes, about half of which he was a hugely unlikable racist bastard from the Georgian backwoods. But season two has shown him as nothing more than a pawn of the Governor. I had a hard time really wrapping my head around his intentions at Woodbury. Was it solely for refuge? Because he doesn’t spark me as the type of guy who needs a comfy place to rest his head. So what gives? Where has tough guy Merle been this half of the season? Merle, as he called the Grimes group, has been a pussy. He has let the Governor walk all over him. Since when did he start letting someone dictate his actions? There’s a rhyme to his reason and we will understand what the hell has been his deal next episode.
Luckily for viewers, the Merle we all knew and despised in season one is finally back. Not only did he call T-Dog a “spear-chucker,” but he wished him a slow death; understandably on the latter statement. On that note, there will be no joyous reunion between him and his baby brother. Daryl has new loyalties now, and when was his older brother ever there for him in life? We’ve heard it all before in season 2, episode 5, “Chupacabra,” Merle was never there for him. They say blood is thicker than water, but this brotherly bond has been watered down since the start.
Sequence Rating: A-
Why we will never look at chairs, Glenn, the same way
Holy character development! Well, not only would there be no Rick Grimes without the young pizza delivery-boy by way of Michigan (remember season 1, episode 2 tank rescue?), but the show would also be less compelling without a character who has heart in the midst of chaos; a young man who still knows right from wrong. This episode, like that fateful rescue in season one, was Glenn’s time to shine. The dude took down a walker while he was duck-tapped to a friggen’ chair. His will to survive, save Maggie, and his allegiance to his group makes Glenn, hands down, the sole most developed character in the show’s history. He is a lover and a fighter, he is smart and he will prove to stun fans with his passion for being an integral role in keeping the group safe. He will be everything and more Kirkman’s comics portrayed him as.
Sequence Rating: A+
Take it away, Michonne!
Hershel should take a lesson in hobbling around from Michonne. Girlfriend gets shot in the leg and still manages to make it the prison with that jackpot of powered baby formula in tow. She always says just enough, and sometimes it is frustrating that should does not just come out with all the things we’re ourselves are screaming at the television (like: Andrea is in the prison, Merle took Glenn and Maggie!) And although her loyalty to the Grimes group starts differently in the comic, right here and now it is all about the show. When Rick, Daryl, Oscar and Michonne are in the woods and the walkers come humming along, she lies back to observe the killing-style and patterns of her new comrades. When the group gets to the hermit’s cabin, she makes a statement by sticking that katana straight through the strung out old fellas chest, leaving a look of satisfying shock on Rick’s face. Her role in next week’s episode will be epic for the mere fact that once the Governor sees her face, Merle will be in deep shit. After all, he did “kill” her. Michonne will be soon become a staple in the Grimes group, and thus, a new beginning of The Walking Dead will bloom.
Sequence Rating: B+
Irk of the week
As horrible as this sounds, the Governor should have raped Maggie. In the grand scheme of things, Maggie has not been through nearly as much pain and suffering as the rest of the group. This would harden her as a character.