The Walking Dead S03E13 Recap: "Arrow on the Doorpost"


Rick and The Governor finally come face to face in this oddball of an episode. It isn’t because they’re at each other’s gates for war, but rather because they’re meeting face to face in a meeting setup by Andrea. At the end of the day, both of these men want each other dead, so to have them sit and talk and then get up and go their separate ways was a bit odd. I mean they sat there and discussed ways to avert a war between the two groups, but Rick knew that putting down The Governor would have accomplished that right then and there.

So Andrea sets this meeting up in the hopes that Rick and The Governor will hug it out and they can all live happily together. Maybe they could even end the series and do a sitcom spinoff. Immediately it doesn’t go as Andrea had planned when Rick and The Governor kick her out of the abandoned house they’ve agreed to meet in.

Outside, Hershel and Daryl wait for Rick while Caesar and Milton wait for The Governor. Andrea waits alone in between it all. Daryl and Caesar go back and forth with verbal jabs and eventually get into a pissing match by measuring who’s the most awesome at taking down walkers. For the record, it was Daryl. Milton and Hershel on the other hand got along just fine with Milton even interviewing Hershel for the history book he’s working on. Maybe Milton is actually Max Brooks?

Back at the prison, Merle wants to take off to Rick’s meetup and take down The Governor, but Glenn won’t allow it. The two of them get into it, but Beth fires a gun in the air and that seems to settle everything. Merle even tries to get Michonne, (the person he hunted and tried to kill) on his side, but she’s having none of it.

At the meeting location, Andrea has a few words with Hershel. Hershel lets her know about what The Governor tried to do to Maggie. Andrea is disgusted and tells Hershel that she can’t go back to Woodbury with him. Hershel welcomes her back with them and tells her that she’s family.

Inside, Rick and The Governor go back and forth. Rick seems like he’s genuinely interested in a resolution, while The Governor just wants to play mind games and have whisky. At least Rick is able to see through his bullshit. Rick’s at a huge disadvantage though. The Governor doesn’t actually care about his people the same way that Rick does. He’s out for revenge and war. If The Governor could slaughter those soldiers the way he did, imagine what he has planned for Rick’s group after their attack on Woodbury.

Finally, The Governor presents Rick with an ultimatum. The Governor proposes that there will be no war and that Rick and his group can keep the prison and live there peacefully under one condition. Rick must turn over Michonne to him and the rest is history. He gives Rick two days to decide. The two of them then get up and make their way outside to their own respective vehicles. Oddly enough, Andrea gets in The Governor’s truck despite telling Hershel that she couldn’t go back.

Back in Woodbury, The Governor is smiling. He tells Milton his real plan; to take Michonne alive and kill the rest of them. Milton is disgusted by this as he was actually interested in a resolution. When Andrea asks what went on inside, The Governor tells her only that he gave Rick an ultimatum. When she asks for the details, he smiles and she just tells him that she doesn’t want to know.

At the prison, Rick tells a lie of his own. He tells the group that there is no resolution; The Governor is coming to kill them. Outside on the bridge, Rick tells Hershel the truth about The Governor’s proposal. Even though Rick sees right through the plan; that The Governor will kill them anyways, part of him wants to believe he’s being truthful. When Hershel asks why he lied to the rest of the group, Rick tells him that he wants everyone to be scared so that when they turn over Michonne for their own safety, everyone will feel better about the decision.

Sounds like Rick took on some of The Governor’s traits in that meeting. I just want to know how Rick plans to walk Michonne over to The Governor like she’s just going to be cool with it as if they’re going over a friend’s place for dinner.

Only three episodes left in the season, things have to pick up next week....right?

The Walking Dead Survival Index:

1. Rick Grimes - no change
Current: 95%
Note: Good thing for his survival instincts because he’s not much of a negotiator.

2. Daryl Dixon - no change
Current: 90%
Note: Is indeed the most badass zombie slayer.

3. Carl Grimes - no change
Current: 90%
Note: He didn’t get to attend the big boy meeting.

4. Glenn -(+5%)
Current: 75%
Note: He doesn’t instill fear as one of the leader’s of the group like Shane used to, but he’s not afraid to go toe to toe when necessary.

5. Michonne - (-15%)
Current: 70%
Note: The Governor wants her, alive apparently. Rick just might be willing to give her up. Good thing she can fend for herself.

6. Maggie Greene - no change.
Current: 70%
Note: She’s always so sad, but at least she makes Glenn happy.

7. Tyreese - no change
Current: 65%
Note: Did not appear in this episode.

8. Hershel Greene - no change.
Current: 60%
Note: Looks like Hershel is going to be in the history books if they ever make it out of this.

9. Merle Dixon - (-10%)
Current: 55%
Note: Sometimes he shows flashes of intelligence, but his inability to keep his cool with his own group is going to get him killed.

10. The Governor - (-10%)
Current: 55%
Note: He wants a war no matter what. People like him tend to die in those wars.

11. Andrea - (-10%)
Current: 50%
Note: She’s been given chance after chance to rejoin the main group. In the end she rejoins The Governor despite telling Hershel she wouldn’t.

12 Judith Grimes - no change
Current: 55%
Note: How is a baby going to survive a war? But will they really kill a baby?

13. Sasha - no change
Current: 40%
Note: Did not appear in this episode.

14. Carol Peletier - no change
Current: 40%
Note: She’s one of the smart ones that wants to hit the road instead of staying back to fight. She’ll stay at Rick’s command and probably die to teach him a lesson.

15. Milton - (+10%)
Current: 40%
Note: Has a soul after all. There’s potential for him to join Rick’s group when all is said and done.

16. Beth Greene - no change
Current: 15%
Note: She fired a gun...in the air. She’s so dead.

17. Caesar - (+15%)
Current: 15%
Note: He’s assumed Merle’s role as The Governor’s main henchman. Getting into a pissing match with Daryl probably wasn’t a great idea. Minimal chance that this guy makes it.

18. Ben - no change
Current: 10%
Note: Did not appear in this episode.

19. Allen - no change
Current: 10%
Note: Did not appear in this episode.