So, for all you haters of Episode 9 of AMC’s The Walking Dead – are you happy now? While last week may have been a little slow, there was certainly a LOT of set up towards this episode. And this is what went down this week in Episode 10 of AMC’s The Walking Dead, entitled Home.
Firstly, Carol (Melissa McBride) and Axle (Lew Temple) are now besties. And that always makes me uncomfortable, when a secondary character suddenly gets serious play time. I just knew it was coming…
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) – as Glenn (Steven Yeun) so eloquently put it – is wandering around Crazy Town. His spiral downhill into insanity is actually a refreshing sight to see. Normally, in the zombie apocalypse genre, people die, the survivors move on. Not this time, oh no sir-ee! We get to see inside Rick’s head and the bat shit sort of crazy that is going on in there. While I don’t want every character to morn like this over the loss of their loved ones, it sure is nice to see the effect the apocalypse has on a person.
So Rick is seeing Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) everywhere after freaking out theTyreese gang last week. As a result he ends up wandering around OUTSIDE the prison for most of this episode. Not even Hershel (Scott Wilson) can help him. Of course it places the Rick-pawn in exactly the right position on the chess board for later on…
The Governor (David Morrissey) seems to be reclaiming his usual evilness. Firstly he is telling Andrea (Laurie Holden) that she needs to be his step-in leader ofWoodbury and then he is telling Milton (Dallas Roberts) to keep an eye on her because he doesn’t want her going all ‘Merle’ on them. On a side note, can I just say thatMilton is CRAP at lying and why the hell can’t Andrea work out why the Governor andMartinez (Jose Pablo Cantillo) are missing? Hello Andrea? Anyone home upstairs?
And now we get to see Merle (Michael Rooker) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in their natural habitat. And, yeah, Merle’s an arse! So glad Daryl works this out though when they save a family being attacked by walkers. Merle keeps his sorry arse right out of the mix until the very end and then RANSACKS THE CAR like the family owe him a living! I fist pumped the air when Daryl pulled his crossbow on him and told him to get the fuck away from the car.
Quote of the night goes to Daryl, who after his brother discovers the scars on his back and realises that his father beat Daryl after Merle left, decides to return to the prison. But not before he says:
“I may be the one walking away, but you’re the one leaving – again.”
And, Daryl, four words: car boot zombie kill. Nice work Daryl, nice work.
Glenn appears to be suffering from PTSD and is determined to step up to the leadership plate for the Ricktatorship while Rick is chasing the Lori-mirage across a field.Hershel tries to reason with him, but to no avail. If anything, it makes Glenn worse. By the way, is there anything scarier than Carl (Chandler Riggs) on Team Glenn?Needless to say, Glenn leaves the compound to check for compromises to the prison walls and another pawn is laid…
And now we enter the epic battle scene.
Oh yes, the Governor is intent on getting his foothold in the relative safety of the prison. So he arrives quietly (once again, Andrea why can’t you work out where the Governorand Martinez have gone?) and kills Axle with a sniper rifle – didn’t I tell you he was a goner? A high five to Carol here. She doesn’t freak out like a typical girl in a horror movie, but USES AXLE’S BODY AS A SHIELD. You go girl!
All hell break loose after this.
Hershel is stuck out in the field since he was trying to talk Rick down from the Crazy Town tower, so things don’t look too good for him. Rick goes into automatic damage control (he is a copper after all) and takes shelter down low and tries to take out the Gov.and Martinez.
A spectacular gun battles ensues.
And then the Governor sends in the van-o-zombies.
This seems to attract more zombies outside and Rick is surrounded. Thankfully, Daryldecides to make his grand entrance and (along with Merle, who finally decides to pitch in and pull his weight) helps bring down all the rampaging zombies.
Glenn arrives just as the Governor decides to pack up shop and head home. Luckily he manages to jump in and save Hershel, otherwise we probably would have seen a super sullen Glenn in Episode 11.
Now, did anyone notice the recurring zombie this week? He managed to get killed twice – once by the Governor and then again by Merle. Personally, I hope he starts turning up in every episode!
So what do you think is in store for next week? How soon do you think the Governor will return? Or will he wait for the Ricktatorship to come to him? Speaking of Rick, do you think he’ll recover any time soon?
And just a quick reminder, Zombie Apocalypse Now! Part 6 will hit the shelves on the 20th February 2013 through Sanitarium Magazine, so make sure you pick up your copy from Sanitarium or, alternatively, via Amazon.com.