The Walking Dead (2010– )
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Arrow on the Doorpost 

Rick and The Governor meet face-to-face, ostensibly to make a peaceful resolution to prevent further bloodshed. Back at the prison, tensions arise between Merle and the rest of the group.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Rick Grimes
... Lori Grimes (credit only)
... Andrea Harrison
... Daryl Dixon
... Glenn Rhee
... Maggie Greene
... Carl Grimes
... Michonne
... Merle Dixon
... Philip 'The Governor' Blake
... Carol Peletier
... Beth Greene
... Milton Mamet
... Caesar Martinez
... Hershel Greene


Andrea arranges for Rick and the Governor to meet at a neutral site. They no sooner arrive than the Governor makes it clear he's not there to negotiate but to tell Rick he and his people have to clear out. When Andrea interjects, the Governor tells her to leave. He decides to offer Rick a deal: give him Michonne and he will leave Rick and his group alone. While the two are talking, those that accompanied them wait patiently outside and find that they have more in common than they might have thought. Back at the prison, Merle tries to convince those still there that they should seize the opportunity and attack the Governor. With their negotiations complete, Rick and the Governor agree to meet again in two days time. The Governor has no intention of making a deal however and Rick sees through him and knows they will soon be going to war. Written by garykmcd

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Daryl has a new crossbow in this episode See more »


Glenn is shown cutting a metal grid with a household propane torch. This type of torch does not get hot enough to cut metal in the manner shown - an acetylene and oxygen torch would be required to do that. See more »


Milton Mamet: What about the deal?
The Governor: Well, they'll bring Rick, Merle's brother, maybe Glenn, Merle himself. We can take care of the whole crew. Best way to avoid a slaughter.
Milton Mamet: That is a slaughter.
The Governor: Not at our end. We're gonna have to eliminate Rick soon or later. No way we can live side by side.
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A solid episode.
12 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

I disagree heavily with the negative reviews about this episode, I thought it was an interesting insight into the relationships that could have formed the characters from both Woodbury and the Prison. Both parties exhibiting striking similarities.

Whilst many of these reviews have banged on about the 'impending war' that has been formulating since the mid-season break, this is an episode that levels the field, and makes you feel some strings of attachment to both parties.

The ending montage acted out to the song 'Warm Shadows' by Fink is one of my favourite scenes to date, not only on TWD but across all shows. The directors attention to creating parallels between Rick and The Governor is fantastic, not only in the motions they take but also their general demeanour and choice of actions.

I assure all of you negative reviewers that come the end of this season you will be begging for more TWD, so don't wish it away.

A solid episode.

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