Walk with Me (The Walking Dead)

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"Walk with Me"
The Walking Dead episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 3
Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by Evan Reilly
Original air date October 28, 2012 (2012-10-28)
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"Walk with Me" is the third episode of the third season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead, which aired on AMC in the United States on October 28, 2012. In this episode, Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) delivers Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) to The Governor (David Morrissey), and some of The Governor's dark secrets are revealed. Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), who was previously seen in the flesh in season 1 and as an hallucination in season 2, makes his return in this episode.

Plot[edit]

The episode opens with a military helicopter flying over the countryside. However, the helicopter suffers mechanical problems and crashes into the forest. Michonne (Danai Gurira) and an ailing Andrea (Laurie Holden) witness the crash and investigate, finding two of the crew dead and the pilot, Welles, badly injured. They then hear vehicles approaching and hide. A small caravan of survivors arrives to inspect the wreckage. They rescue Welles and execute the dead crew, who are beginning to reanimate, while their leader mirrors Rick's philosophy of conserving ammunition against the walkers drawn to the crash. Michonne's walkers begin making noise, which attracts the survivors' attention, forcing Michonne to decapitate her walkers to keep them from exposing their presence. However, they are then apprehended by one of the survivors, who reveals himself to be Merle, who managed to escape from Atlanta. Merle has a bayonet strapped to a crude prosthetic in place of the hand he had to cut off to escape the rooftop where he was left handcuffed in the first season. A feverish Andrea then faints from shock.

Andrea and Michonne are taken to the town of Woodbury, where Merle interrogates them. Merle tells them how he managed to escape from Atlanta and made his way to Woodbury, where he has become The Governor's right-hand man. Andrea recounts her escape from Hershel's farm and how she was left behind, similar to Merle. Merle still shows resentment over being trapped and left for dead. The women are then introduced to The Governor, who shows the women how Woodbury is a secure sanctuary, with high walls and heavily armed guards. They also have plenty of supplies including food, water, and electricity. The Governor also reveals that people turn into walkers regardless of how they die and asks that they stay in town in order to recover. Michonne, however, is not impressed and wants her weapons returned so she can leave as soon as possible. However, Andrea convinces her to stay a little longer in order to learn more about the town. Meanwhile, The Governor interrogates Welles, who reveals that he was a part of a National Guard refugee camp. While they were well-supplied and protected, someone inside the camp turned into a walker and created a panic, causing the camp's defenses to fall from within; only a small squad of guardsmen survived this ordeal. Welles tells the Governor of their last known position and The Governor promises that if the men are still alive, he will find and rescue them.

The next morning, The Governor and his chief advisor, Milton Mamet, join Andrea and Michonne for breakfast with the intention of prying more information from them. Andrea is receptive to The Governor's charisma, but Michonne remains aloof during the conversation. Michonne expresses her distrust of The Governor and her intentions of leaving the community to Andrea, who is otherwise convinced that Woodbury is the perfect sanctuary. Outside Woodbury, The Governor tracks down the surviving National Guardsmen. However, instead of helping them, The Governor has his men ambush and kill all of the guardsmen, and then take their vehicles and supplies for themselves. Upon his return, The Governor tells the townspeople the guardsmen had already fallen to the walkers, and stresses how essential Woodbury is to their survival.

That night, unable to sleep, The Governor opens a locked room in his house and goes inside, where he sits in an armchair and stares at aquarium tanks filled with decapitated walker heads, two of them the heads of Michonne's "pet" walkers, and another the head of Welles.

Production[edit]

Rooker (left) made his return to the series after his absence in previous seasons while Morrissey (right) made his first appearance as The Governor.

David Morrissey (The Governor) makes his first appearance in the series and is added to the opening credits. Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon) is also added to the opening credits after having a recurring role in season one and guest starring in season two.

The episode focuses entirely on the new location of Woodbury, in contrast to the previous episode dedicated to the prison group.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The episode was generally well received. Zack Handlen, writing for The A.V. Club, gave the episode an A- on a scale from A to F.[1] Eric Goldman at IGN gave the episode an 8.6 out of 10.[2]

Ratings[edit]

Upon its initial broadcast on October 28, 2012, "Walk with Me" was watched by an estimated 10.51 million viewers,[3] an increase of a million viewers from the previous episode.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Handlen, Zack (October 28, 2012). "Walk with Me". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Goldman, Eric (October 28, 2012). "'Walk with Me' Review". IGN. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 30, 2012). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Wins Night, 'Breaking Amish', 'Dexter', 'Homeland','Long Island Medium', 'Boardwalk Empire' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 23, 2012). "Sunday Cable Ratings:'Walking Dead' Kills it Again, + 'Breaking Amish', 'Dexter', 'Long Island Medium', 'NFL Countdown', & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 

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