45 min., 2013
Written by Ryan C. Coleman
Directed by David Boyd
My rating: ★★★★
Let’s talk truce.
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The following review is rated SIN (Sincerely Intrigued Negro), it contains several rants that appear at random. The views here do not reflect the thoughts of a completely sane person. They are being presented by a person of African-American descent who has grown up in a rather unseemly portion of town, taken recreational narcotics and has been molested by a clown. Feel free to skip certain paragraphs, if you simply want a recap and continued review of the episode. Hipster, child, feline and vegan discretion is advised.
Ready to waste some time kiddies? This time around, thanks to Andrea, they are sitting down to negotiate. Rick thinks it’s a talk to decide how to share this ramshackle world in peace, but the Governor wants surrender plain and simple. They talk in circles trading war stories, insults, and threats while tensions run high back at the prison.
Merle wants to break up this little peace summit and put a slug in the Governor’s head, but Glenn is laying down the law in Rick’s absence. Merle tests him anyway and tries to leave, but between Michonne, Glenn and Maggie it’s decided he isn’t going anywhere.
Meanwhile at “The Leaders of Zombie Land Meeting”, Milton and Martinez size up and chat with Hershel and Daryl while the others talk inside. Eventually Hershel has a few words with Andrea, who now knows the monster she’s been defending for the dark character he has always been. It dawns on her she has to leave him and Woodbury, but that will likely mean all-out war.
Inside, The Governor cuts the shit and finally tells Rick he will leave him and his people be while meeting any conditions he may have, and all for the low low price of Michonne delivered to his doorstep. The meeting concluded, they part ways and talk to their respective people. The Governor then prepares for a double-cross since he intends to kill them all except Michonne. It’s implied that this is so he can have a few tender moments alone with her to teach her a lesson. Rick tries to find a way out of turning her over by asking Hershel to play devil’s advocate, but this time with his girls safety on the line, Hershel has nothing to say.
The episode is honestly a lot of posturing and conversations that in my opinion are filler, but it still causes tension, and you wonder all episode if one will just say fuck it and jump up and kill the other. It was entertaining, but not the usual impressive cinematic romp one expects from this series given its reputation. I truly hope you liked the review, if not the episode and are willing to wait for episode 14: Prey. Until next time folks, may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?