Video: “Walking Dead” getting closer to having something interesting happen

posted at 8:41 pm on March 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

Look on the bright side. Even though nothing interesting happened last night, the ethical dilemma for Rick over whether to hand Michonne over to the Governor is potentially interesting. And now that we know the two sides are going to war, we’re all but guaranteed that one or more major characters will be liquidated in the season finale. That’s interesting, right? But wait: Apart from Rick, who’s assuredly not being killed off, is there anyone else at this point who qualifies as a “major character”? He’s the only one whose death would feel like a major, show-changing blow. Normally Darryl would qualify but I feel like he’s had three lines total over the last five episodes and the plot hasn’t suffered much for it. Now that he’s reunited with Merle, what’s left for him to do? His journey from grimy hardboiled yokel to sensitive hero-protector was completed long ago. Come to think of it, Glenn doesn’t seem to do much of anything anymore either. Prediction: One of them will end up taking a bullet for his respective love interest and end up dying as she weeps over him in the season finale.

Actually, Carl’s death would be a major blow but I don’t think the writers are willing to go there. He’s more interesting alive, as a coming-of-age story in the zombie End Times, than as another dead relative to haunt Rick. Now, a question: Granting that the question of whether to hand over Michonne is potentially interesting, since Rick knows and we know and everyone else knows that the Governor fully intends to kill everyone in the prison no matter what happens with her, where exactly is the moral complexity here? You gain nothing by paying the danegeld in giving up Michonne. On the contrary, you lose a fearless warrior and you sow paranoia in the rest of the group that you’ll sell them out next. The only compelling solution to the problem under the circumstances would be for Rick to sell her out whereupon someone else in the group, probably Hershel, shoots him in the back because he’s no longer trustworthy. But that won’t happen. When you paint yourself in the corner by making the story of the zombie apocalypse a soap opera about a small bunch of characters, some of whom are bound to end up as indispensable, you have to accept your limitations.


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Lanceman on March 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

alchemist19 on March 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Thanky, guys!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Piss off, haters. This show is 10x better than Keeping Up with the (Long name family) and all the rest of the garbage out there. The last 3 episodes Glenn was very poorly dealing with Maggie’s being violated by the Gov; the sex scene was the closure on that.

Thank you! I was thinking – wow, this thread is oddly obtuse for HA bloggers…

exliberal on March 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Hannibal on March 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I’ll take mongo over maudlin any day.;-)
Randy

williars on March 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Allah, there is almost no chance that Daryl gets killed off. He is probably the most popular character on the show. Glenn and/or Maggie? Not so much. Their gratuitous sex scene on this week’s ep was certainly to get us to believe that their love is “deep”, although it also may have been a chance to show off good their P90X programs were working…

Remember that in this show, we rarely see major characters killed off unless they are total bastards such as Shane, Lori, or Carol’s husband, the wife beater (if he even was a major character). They killed of Dale, but the actor playing him wanted off the show. I highly doubt any of the remaining actors/actresses do. The other characters were liked but “throw away”: T-Dog? Brother never got a break, or any lines (although he was well liked). Do we even remember the names of anyone else? No, because they were throw away characters.

So, who is likely to die?

Maggie–because she would cause Glenn to go into a “Rick-like psychotic rage, which will be fodder for a few shows. And this will also prove that in Zombieland, whoever you love…dies. (a recurring theme espoused by Morgan)

Carol–She was kind of whiney, has a bad hairdo, and despite having a crush on Daryl, what is the point to her character? Perhaps she has a chance as the “Woman who overcame abuse by having her Husband eaten”, but since her daughter is dead, not much else.

Blonde Granddaughter–The fact that Carl has a crush on her means her death would be an effective plot point to induce him to become even more cold and robotic. I do think she will bite it pretty soon.

Hershel–A bit less likely, but only because he replaced Dale as the “Moral heart of the group”. But he only has one foot, so he might get killed.

Characters likely to survive:

Daryl–badass “Country boy will survive character” who, even with few lines, is a testament to survival.

Merle–more likely to die than Daryl, but also an interesting character whose lines are never PC, but often somewhat truthful. The fact he seems to be getting nicer might be a bad sign, though. Being a bad guy is what Merle does.

Rick–Lead character, would not be killed unless it happens in Season 6 or something, and he gets bored with the character.

Carl–We all want to see him become the living terminator.

Michonne–She is already a living terminator (cool) and does much of it with a boss Samurai sword. Chances of death? Almost 0

Andrea–Yeah, the Gov could kill her, but since she is tentatively on the outs with the group, would they miss her much? Nope.

darkmetal on March 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I think Andrea is going to try to kill the Governor, and he gets her instead. They could kill off Carol or Hershel’s blond daughter, but there’s no great audience investment in those characters. Killing off anyone else would piss off a major portion of the audience, but Andrea has never been a favorite character. Killing her would pay off, because she’s the one everyone loves to hate, and who’s going to take her place?

Isn’t it rather disturbing that we can all blithely discuss murder, even though it’s only of fictional characters?

RebeccaH on March 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Andrew Lincoln was signed to a 7 year contract last year. He’s not going anywhere.

Shane was popular but they killed him off. sob

I liked season 2 more than season 3. I thought they built up the tension well and the last episode when you see the zombies coming over the horizon. There were a number of memorial scenes in season 2 – not so much for season 3. But to each their own.

One thing that bugs me about this season is the obligatory musical interlude. I’m just not a fan of mood music. Also, this last episode they did a lot of musical sound effects. It was too distracting for me.

Blake on March 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I was hoping Rick would take the Governor out as soon as the door closed. Problem solved … because the Gov’s obviously a bat sh*t crazy terrorist who will never stop and anyone can see that. What was the point of having a powwow and listening to his terms when they already know he’s raving mad? Rick would have been exonerated in the eyes of his people when the weapon the Gov had duct-taped to the table was discovered in the aftermath.

I like Rick’s sense of fairness/justice but sometimes it’s frustrating because it seems a relic from a different world with an obsolete culture. Michonne, Merle, and Carl seem more adapted to their world as it actually is.

Based on the 40-second preview at show’s end, it looks as if Andrea and Milton may neutralize the Gov. Maybe, after bonding with Daryl, Martinez will abstain from protecting the Governor.

jix on March 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM

I figure they reunited us with Morgan for a reason. I figure he will play a significant roll before this season ends.

And I would love to see Andrea killed off! That would make a two-fer for me after watching them kill off the annoying Claudia Joy Holden from Army Wives.

Die 8itches, die!

csdeven on March 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Based on the 40-second preview at show’s end, it looks as if Andrea and Milton may neutralize the Gov. Maybe, after bonding with Daryl, Martinez will abstain from protecting the Governor.

jix on March 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Then why didn’t they do it then and there? Andrea is always packing heat. She could have gotten a few shots off.

Blake on March 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

it looks as if Andrea and Milton may neutralize the Gov. Maybe, after bonding with Daryl, Martinez will abstain from protecting the Governor.

jix on March 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM

One detail that most discussions have overlooked is “the tea” thing that Milton keeps providing to the Governor (and himself and others).

This isn’t an incidental detail or the writers wouldn’t continue to reintroduce Milton serving his “tea” to people with such focus…

…and the Governor remarking about how Milton’s “tea” “keeps him goin’” and similar.

So I think Milton has some concoction developed there that is keeping-the-Walker-Change-at-bay.

Maybe the Governor will just go Full-Walker and then that’ll be both satisfaction for the revenge-seekers and something special for Michonne, Rick, Carl, Daryl and Merle to deal with.

It would be a fitting end, the Governor, gone Walker.

Lourdes on March 13, 2013 at 2:47 AM

I figure they reunited us with Morgan for a reason. I figure he will play a significant roll before this season ends.

csdeven on March 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I have that sense, too.

The actor, Lennie James, playing Morgan
is just too great to easily dismiss him from the story, the Series in general. I strongly doubt that we’ve seen the last of “Morgan.”

Actor Lennie James (“Morgan”) is British, too, like several of the others in the cast. To my ear, they’re the only actors who successfully imitate a Southern accent.

Lourdes on March 13, 2013 at 2:51 AM

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