The Walking Dead: Recap of Episode 3.13 - Arrow on the Doorpost
After last week's successful weapons run on "The Walking Dead", we know both groups are gearing for an epic all-out war. But before then, Rick and the Governor are trying to reach for a peace agreement.
This episode entitled "Arrow on the Doorpost" is written by Ryan C. Coleman and directed by David Boyd.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you haven’t watched the episode yet. This is a recap with specific details from this episode. Continue only if you have already watched it.
Rick, Hershel and Daryl arrived in their car and on motorbike, respectively, at an abandoned farm, and after navigating through the farm with their weapons at hand, Rick and the Governor met face-to-face inside a barn at what looked like a pre-arranged meeting. "We have a lot to talk about," said the Governor while Rick just stared. At least Rick didn't aim his gun at the Governor like all his other interactions with strangers.
Actually, Rick did point his gun at the Governor after the opening credits, but the Governor volunteered to remove his weapon and sat at the table. Sneaky Governor had a gun taped to under the table!
Outside, Daryl scoped out the area on foot and met up with Hershel, right before Andrea, Milton and henchman Martinez drove up. Andrea joined Rick and the Governor inside. She was the one who arranged the meeting, but both men were still suspicious of each other. "We're here to move forward," said the Governor, smiling suspiciously. Wouldn't he have made a great slimy used car salesman if the zombie apocalypse didn't happen?
Back at the prison, the group was preparing for a firefight. Merle suggested a siege to kill the minimally-protected Governor since they have all that firepower. Of course, no one would agree to put Rick, Hershel and Daryl in a crossfire.
Andrea tried to preface that she knew both men as honorable, but the impatient Governor cut her off. Rick suggested that they draw a boundary at the river, with Woodbury taking the east side and the prison group taking the west. The Governor was amused. He was there only for Rick's surrender and got a rise out of Rick then. When Andrea tried to mediate, she was shushed and asked to leave, which she did dejectedly.
Returning from commercial break, Rick, acting all lawyerly, conversed with the Governor about his responsibilities and Merle's actions. The Governor shot back with Rick's own mistakes and baby Judith. All of a sudden, the Governor announced that he had whiskey. Rick just looked incredulous.
Milton tried engage the folks outside in their own negotiations. He had recorded all their past encounters as history and Hershel appreciated the idea. Before Milton could show Hershel more, they heard some walker noises and Andrea, Daryl and henchman Martinez went to investigate. Before the two men could start one upping each other killing walkers in a funny bit, Andrea worked off her frustrations by dispatching one close with only a small knife. During their post killing smoking break, the two men shared their disappointed expectations that nothing would be resolved that day.
Meanwhile, Milton was fascinated by Hershel's leg amputation experience. They bonded over scientific experiment and Hershel's stump.
Back inside, the negotiations weren't moving along much. The Governor suggested that if they both follow their current path, total annihilation on both sides is imminent. The Governor even regaled Rick with a story of when he lost his wife, causing Rick to choke up and take a sip of his whiskey. Do you have a feeling that story wasn't real?
Back at the prison, Merle packed a bag of weapons and tried to go attack the Governor but Glenn refused to allow it. They ended in a scuffle with Maggie and Michonne joining in to try to subdue Merle. All of a sudden, Beth shot a gun in the air that ended the fight. Maybe now we can start seeing Beth fighting instead of singing?