Andrea and Michonne are brought to a walled community run by a man called The Governor.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Grimes (credit only)
Lori Grimes (credit only)
Daryl Dixon (credit only)
Glenn Rhee (credit only)
Maggie Greene (credit only)
Carl Grimes (credit only)
Carol Peletier (credit only)


Andrea and Michonne see a helicopter crash and they head to the spot to seek out survivors to help them. However a group of armed men arrives together and they hide in the wood. The men take the pilot from the helicopter and the women are surprised by Merle. The group takes Andrea and Michonne to their community in Woodbury where the women are welcomed with food, medicine, hot shower and clothes. They are introduced to the Governor, a man that rules Woodbury, protecting and giving quality of life to the people in the community. Andrea believes that Woodbury is the perfect place in the chaos, but Michonne does not trust on the Governor and wants to leave the place. Meanwhike, the helicopter pilot tells the location of the National Guard convoy with his friends and the Governor promises to rescue them with his men. But when they arrive in the location, something happens. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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28 October 2012 (USA)  »

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Without Rick Grimes This Episode Falls Flat
3 March 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode was the first in the series to leave me wanting the end to come quickly.

I found myself bored and disinterested by the simplistic plot and two dimensional characters introduced.

The female samurai has one mode : baleful glare. Besides her ability to use a katana appealing to the geek in me, I don't find her a sympathetic character with any emotional depth for me to connect with.

The Governor is your typical tortured soul seeking redemption through leadership which based on lies. His character arc will likely be as cliché as they come.

You have the sexually repressed scientist with a perverse fascination for the unnatural and occult who will likely find some manner to torment Andrea and her samurai companion with some deviant act, a cruel scientific experiment, or both.

Without Rick Grimes being the heart and soul of the show, all the other characters feel flat and uninteresting, as two dimensional as the comic pages from which they were pulled.

That said, even Rick Grimes is becoming increasingly uninteresting, as he sinks deeper into becoming an emotionless shell, operating on instinct, detached from the morals and ethics which made him a shining star amidst the bleak landscape.

Hopefully Rick Grimes will rediscover his best nature, and Woodbury will turn out to be more than just the creepy small town with dark secrets, soon to be destroyed from within.

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