Season three of AMC’s ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead has one real purpose: to set the stage for the inevitable collision between the group of survivors led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), and the Governor and his enclave at Woodbury. All the side stories, violent deaths, and crying newborns are just window dressing. To that end, the season has largely been successful, inching forward towards that clash, ratcheting up the tension notch by notch with each successive episode.
At the end of last week’s episode, “Hounded,” the vision of this conflict has never been clearer. Check out this sneak peak at the next episode, “When the Dead Come Knocking,” and we’ll talk more afterwards.
With Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) arrival at the prison, and Glenn (Steven Yue) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) being kidnapped by Merle (Michael Rooker), the two groups are finally coming together. From here things are only going to get more complicated, intense, and violent.
Never one to shy away from conflict, when Rick finds out about Glenn and Maggie, as well as the news that Andrea (Laurie Holden) is still alive, you can be sure he’s going to go confront the Governor. Daryl (Norman Reedus) is sure to have strong feelings when he learns that his long-lost brother is still among the living. Things are nearing the boiling point, and the rest of the season is shaping up to get nuts.
That is assuming that Rick lets Michonne into the prison, instead of letting her get torn to pieces by walkers. In this clip it certainly looks like he’s walking away, leaving the sword-wielding stranger to fend for herself. We all know that won’t happen, but wouldn’t that be a kick in the head, to spend all of this time building up to Michonne’s arrival, to go through all of the effort to introduce her, only to let her get eaten a few episodes in? That would be like waving a big middle finger at fans of Robert Kirkman’s comics, but it would also be really damn funny.