'The Walking Dead': Children of the apocalypse
Rick's team must raise a baby among walkers, while Andrea and Michonne disagree about Woodbury
During last week's episode of "The Walking Dead," the group of survivors loses T-Dog, Lori dies while giving birth to her baby, and Carol is missing. In Woodbury, Michonne and Andrea learn a bit more about the Governor, and Andrea has them stay a bit longer than planned.
This week's episode opens to a lively scene on the streets of Woodbury – Andrea is marveling at the simplicity of a cold drink and we learn that the Governor is planning a big festivity for the town. Inside his home, the Governor is brushing the hair of a young girl and rips off part of her scalp – she's actually a child walker who attempts to attack him. As he restrains her, he tells her, "Daddy still loves you."
Speaking of children, the survivors at the jail have cleaned Rick's baby and Hershel examines her, telling the group that she needs formula in order to survive. Rick, however, is in somewhat of a catatonic state. (Who can blame him?) Daryl decides to go out on a run for formula, Maggie and Glenn offer to help. Before leaving, Daryl asks Beth to keep an eye on Carl, who has just shot his mother and also seems to be in shock by the whole ordeal. Without a word, Rick picks up an ax and heads back into the prison.
Daryl and Maggie set off on his bike to a nearby shopping center – Maggie insists on going "for Lori." Meanwhile, an angry Rick sets off on a walker-killing spree in the prison.
Back in Woodbury, the Governor is giving a speech on how far the town has come, and raises a glass to his citizens. Meanwhile, Michonne has snuck back into the Governor's house and retrieves her katanas from a cabinet. She examines a notebook and stops at a page with a list of names. At the bottom is "Penny" (the Governor's walker daughter) and then a long streak of lines. As she flips the pages, she notices the remainder of the notebook is filled with lines.
Hearing a noise in the adjoining room, Michonne goes to investigate, but stops and hides when the Governor, Merle and Milton (the Governor's science guy) enter the house. Milton is upset the Governor is using up so many resources to throw a party. Milton's been working on an experiment and wants them to postpone the party so he can finish it. The Governor asks him to continue his experiment in the morning and he acquiesces.
Outside, Michonne continues snooping around and comes across a number of walkers caged up. She releases them and kills of them, relishing the moment. A man approaches with a bloody bucket, and drops it in surprise.
Clearly, the Governor has been told of this incident as he has taken Michonne in to interrogate her. He says he has "nothing to hide," and Michonne asks him about "Penny." He tells her she has the wrong idea about him. Because Michonne has broken the rules at Woodbury, the Governor believes this will invite anarchy. Before he can offer a compromise, Michonne wields her katana at him for a few seconds, and walks out the door.
Merle walks into the room and asks the Governor how it went. He wants to know if they have "a problem," and the Governor says no.
In the prison yard, Glenn is digging a grave. Axel and Oscar approach and ask if he needs help. They are sorry for the losses of Glenn's "family," and help him dig. Hershel walks over and tells Glenn that Rick is still in the prison – Glenn remembers T-Dog picking up him up during the evacuation and how he was a "good guy." He says he'd trade any number of people for one of theirs any day.
The Governor has asked Andrea to see him because he is concerned about Michonne's behavior. He says that some of his people are nervous about Michonne and want her to leave. In response, Andrea goes to see Michonne and they argue about staying in Woodbury. Michonne ominously says, "This place is NOT what they say it is."
Glenn bravely enters the prison looking for Rick. He finds him completely blood splattered and attempts to coax him outside. Instead, Rick violently pushes Glenn aside and walks deeper into the prison.
Outside of Woodbury, Merle, Milton and a couple men have pulled a few walkers out of a well. As Merle taunts them, he kills one and then pulls a tooth off another.
Maggie and Daryl have made their way to a day care and park by a playground. They break in and begin scavenging for baby supplies. After carefully making their way through, Maggie successfully finds baby formula in a cabinet.
Andrea and Michonne are walking through the streets of Woodbury with their belongings. Merle yells after them, he says it's almost curfew and they will need an escort. Andrea reminds him they are free to come and go, per the Governor's orders. Merle has the gates open and suggests they find shelter before nightfall. The women argue again about leaving – Andrea is tired of escaping walkers and fighting to survive. Michonne asks her if she's coming or not, Andrea doesn't say a word. Michonne walks out and says, "You just slow me down anyway." The gates are shut behind Michonne and Andrea watches in distraught.
The Governor sits next to a tearful Andrea, and asks her if she would like a drink. She takes his arm and walks off with him.
As Maggie and Daryl approach the prison, Glenn has Axel and Oscar distract some walkers so they can open the gate. Maggie rushes into the prison cell with her supplies. Carl hands the baby to Daryl, who begins to feed her with a bottle. When asked if she has a name yet, Carl first suggests "Sophia" or "Carol," then lists the names of other women they've lost. Daryl calls the baby a "little ass kicker" and they all share a laugh.
Alone, Rick has found the site of Lori's demise. He comes across a bloated walker – probably full of Lori's remains. Rick shoots it in the head and repeatedly stabs its swollen belly.
The Governor and Andrea walk arm and arm through Woodbury where an arena is set up UFC-style. Walkers are chained around the perimeter of the stage while Merle and another man fight. Disgusted, Andrea gets up and says, "What the hell is this?" The Governor says, "It's a way to blow off steam." Andrea says, "It's barbaric." The Governor reveals that the whole thing is staged – they remove the teeth of the walkers and this is purely for entertainment.
It's a new day at the prison and Daryl visits a grave, setting down a flower. Inside, Rick hears a baby cry, then a phone ringing. He gets up to answer it.
"The Walking Dead" airs on Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.