This penultimate episode, "This Sorrowful Life," was written by Scott Gimple and directed by Greg Nicotero.
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Rick, Daryl and Hershel conferred outside on a plan to avoid fighting which Rick alone would implement. Inside, Rick confronted Merle about the plan to give up Michonne and Merle explained what the Governor would do to her, calling Rick cold-blooded. Even Merle, knowing his own sociopathic leanings, didn't think Rick would go through with that plan.
The group laid some obstacles