In Episode 6, “Live Bait,” we saw “Brian” teach young Meghan how to play chess. “You can lose a lot of soldiers but still win the game,” he tells her, adding that the king is the guy you want to capture.
Foreshadowing for Rick?
In Episode 7, “Dead Weight,” The Gov. reluctantly resumed a leadership position of his new group (after killing Martinez and Pete) and now he has his sights set on the prison. The old Gov. would definitely try and take the prison down (as he’s tried before), but will that be what he does this time too? In the promo we see him and his group coming at Rick's abode with a tank, so we'd say he's ready for a war.
“Everyone is learning lessons about survival,” David Morrissey told The Hollywood Reporter. “Where does trust lie among these people? This season, we see a new threat happening to everybody: Are we stronger together or apart? The Governor is there and maybe he's got a different plan about that prison and how he gets in there. Maybe he's there to flush something out. We don't know really. The real fine line is can there be trust from Michonne and the Governor? Rick and the Governor? What's to be negotiated? We've seen in real life — in our life — that you have to negotiate with your fiercest enemy for the greater good. Revenge is generations and generations of misery. There's a point where some generations get together and say, ‘Enough of this. We're not going to negotiate with the enemy.’ That might very well be played out on The Walking Dead.”
Interesting. The title of Episode 8, the mid-season finale, is “Too Far Gone” and that does suggest things are past the point of agreement.
In Episode 5, we saw The Governor staring down the prison from outside the fence. Vulture asked why Rick’s group wouldn’t just kill him on sight, if they do eventually see him.
“I don't think we can assume why he's there,” David said. “We don't know why he's there. He might be there to negotiate, he might be there to cause havoc, he might be there to offer up other people instead of himself. He might not be there asking them to take him in personally. He's a changed man. And there are new people in that prison too, it's not just Rick’s group. [...] Maybe he walks up to the prison and he has 50 children with him — what's Rick going to do then?”
If the Gov. does try a negotiating tactic, it would be similar to what he did in the comic books … and that did not end well for someone in Team Prison. It didn’t end too well for anyone, really, since it launched the big final Woodbury vs. Prison battle. There were many casualties (including, sadly, the very young) and Rick’s survivors hit the road for a new safe place to stay.
The TV show rarely sticks closely to the comics, but we’re guessing our crew does hit the road sometime in the back half of the season, which will start with Episode 9 in February 2014.
Do you think Rick will kill The Gov.? Will anyone? Will there be a negotiation or all-out war? Something else? Tell us your thoughts below!
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