Walking Dead Recap: Sympathy for the Devil

The Walking Dead Season 3 Merle DiesIn this week’s The Walking Dead, it isn’t exactly a shock when Merle takes it upon himself to execute Rick’s “agreement” with the Governor by delivering him Michonne. What is a shock, however, is that, by the end of the episode, we actually feel (almost, kinda-sorta) sorry for the bastard. Here’s how it all plays out.

DEBATE CLUB | As the hour kicks off, Rick informs Daryl and Merle of the Governor’s offer. Daryl, natch, is wholeheartedly against handing over Michonne. “It just ain’t us,” he argues. Even Merle is taken aback that Rick would consider it, much less go through with it. “You’re cold as ice, Officer Friendly,” he cracks. But, of course, Rick isn’t cold, much less ice cold, and, after seeing a vision of Lori, he decides, “I can’t. I won’t.” Well, duh!

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FOR BETTER OR WORSE | Meanwhile, Carol suggests to Merle that maybe, like her, he’s a “late bloomer.” And maybe, in some twisted way, he actually is, because, realizing that Rick could never give the Governor Michonne, he kidnaps her himself. That, in his mind, can, should be and is his role in the group – to do the dirty work so that everyone else’s consciences (and hands) can remain clean. But, before Merle and his hostage reach Woodbury, Michonne manages to get in his head, so much so that – whaaat?! – he sets her free.

TILL DEATH DOES THEM PART | Back at the prison, while Daryl sets off after Merle and Michonne, Glenn asks Hershel for Maggie’s hand in marriage. Once he’s gotten his future father-in-law’s blessing, he steals an engagement ring off a walker’s finger (and, technically, steals the finger, too) and presents it to Maggie. The ring, that is. By then, the finger is (thankfully) gone. So, as you’d hope, she happily agrees to tie the knot.

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED | Now on a suicide mission to eliminate the Governor, Merle leads a pack of walkers to the outskirts of Woodbury, then, in the ensuing shootout, discreetly guns down as many of the pistol-packing townsfolk as he can. (Good scheme!) Only after the redneck has accidentally killed Ben instead of his intended victim (oops) is he caught. And what an ugly scene that is. The Governor doesn’t just open a can of whoop-ass on Merle; before putting a bullet in his former henchman, he goes so far as to bite off a coupla his fingers! (Yikes!) By the time Daryl arrives on the scene, a zombified Merle is eating what’s left of Ben. So, horrifically, Daryl is forced to stab out the brains of his own brother.

Okay, your turn. What did you think of the episode? Now that Rick has confessed to everyone about the Governor’s offer – and what he almost did about it – do you think his new plan (everybody gets a vote) will work? Sound off below!

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  1. LaTarsha Burton says:

    I knew someone had to go but merle…..really….I thought it would that crazy bastard..(the governor)

  2. I was quite surprised how it all went down, but thoroughly enjoyed it! Though I really wish we would have seen Merle bite off a chunk of the Governor’s ear. It would have been poetic justice. ‘see no, hear no…’

  3. jacktar says:

    I think they’re going to make a run for it. The governor and his crew are just too many and too well armed. They could just wait them out and pick them off from the tree line. What was a good defensive position against zombies is a death trap against a band of determined humans.

  4. Andrew says:

    Thanks TV line/Andy Patrick, for being completely inconsiderate and blatantly writing “Merle Dies” in the google link/headline, and completely ruining the most important part of this weeks episode. Not everyone gets to watch the episode the moment it is released, so a bit of consideration for those people would be appreciated. Now you’ve gone and f***ed up this weeks episode for me.

  5. Ban says:

    Robs my cuz rick kills him hahahahahahahanahah suck it

  6. Karl says:

    The last 2 episodes have been a little weak, nice to see an exiting one before the big finale!! can’t wait now, here’s hoping the govener gets one in the other eye!!

  7. DENNIS says:

    Great episode! Sorry to see Merle go but he did redeem himself at the end.My predictions-they leave the prison -the Governor lives but is kicked out of Woodbury and spends season 4 being a dangerous thorn in their side. He recruits more dead enders like the ones Rick took out in the bar during season 2. He becomes even more erratic and evil and even more of a threat to them then the walkers . He has nothing left to live for but hate and revenge .Daryl saves Andrea but both are separated from the group and spend season 4 trying to find them. The group hits the road looking for another safe haven but doesn’t find it next season. Maybe they will return to Herschel’s farm and take it back from the walkers? Will Rick’s friend return even though he has given up on living ?

  8. Jeff says:

    They should have never wrote Merle out of the series…Out of all the characters , he was the most interesting…Big mistake.

  9. Dixon says:

    I really don´t get why everybody seemed to hate merle i mean what did he do wrong exactly, beat up t-dog, well i dont know dude was on drugs and really needed to blow somw steam and rick had allready rang the dinner bell, then everybody was getting in his face and provoking him so he (again on drugs) beat up a dude and called them some names (btw t-dog threw the first blood). Then assholes cuffed him with no intention to let him loose and called him some names. Then he hunted michonne and captured the lovebirds oh well how i see it michonne was an unknown threat and merle was just protecting his group (like rick did with the convicts) and then he was all apologetic and glad seeing glenn (glenn threw his gun and made a stupid call in my mind (its not red zone for nothing)) so merle made quick thinking and did what he thought he needed to do in order to get to his family=badman yeah well then i think all of the prison survivors are bad. Merle was my favorite character and i think all of his actions were justified and righteous and brought on to the people by themselves.

    • Cristina says:

      Totally agree. Isn’t all really Glenn’s fault?. Why didn’t he just take Merle to his brother?. Merle was with them before, and he ended up with them later anyway. He couldn’t just let Glenn leave, he couldn’t know whether he would even tell Daryl he had seen him. And all Glenn keeps soing is playing the victim… get over it already. Can’t stand that character now. Plus boooring love story.

  10. vA says:

    I felt like crying. Because he did turn, from an asshole to an utter good person. The last thing he did in his life is a good deed, and eventually he turned to zombie. Even after being zombiefied he still had an expression and walking gesture that are so Merle-like.

  11. yamomma says:

    Too bad it was michonne that killed him

  12. Cain says:

    Merle was a dumb red neck but he went out like a man