In the return of The Walking Dead, "The Suicide King", we find everyone exactly where we left them - fighting.
After the Governor orders Daryl and Merle to "fight to the death", they escape, and all hell breaks loose at Woodbury, Rick and the group are forced to say goodbye when the Dixon brothers hit the road on their own. That's right, the band is breaking up. But what good can come of Daryl out in the big bad world with Merle? I'm betting none.
Seems like Daryl knows this as well, but Merle has an almost supernatural hold over his brother that leaves him nothing more than a puppet for Merle control. It's sorta a bummer that such a strong character can be so easily manipulated, and if Daryl is to ever grow and move forward as a person, he's gonna have to ditch Merle and start making his own decisions.
Merle is a great villain but he's definitely got to go, and for me the ultimate exit would be for Daryl to take him out and silence the puppet-master once and for all. There's no way he'll ever be able to be at peace unless he pulls the trigger himself.
Does he have the balls for it?
Elsewhere there's not really so much going on. Tyrese and his gang aren't really part of anything just yet and we still don't know much about them. It's obvious they'll be hanging out at the prison for a while yet though, and I suspect so will Michonne. Team Rick is gonna need some tough people if they want to stay alive. Especially with Rick being off his rocker still...
So that's why Sarah Wayne Callies was still in the opening credits! She's a ghost! Spooky!
Ok, so she's probably not a real ghost (real ghost?) but she's hanging out in Rick's head making his life a misery - much like she did in life. I totally thought Rick's 'break' was over after the telephone thing, but looks like there's still more to come. Will this jeopardize his ability to keep control of the group and maintain his role as leader? Definitely!
And finally, Woodbuy. I hate that place. I'll likely receive hate-mail for saying that, but I really do. I just don't care about anyone there and the quicker Andrea finds her panties and gets her remaining brain-cells together and gets the hell out the better. Let the walkers tear it apart. Now that we've seen what the Governor is about and just how much of a psycho is really is, the danger factor is gone. There's no real sense of importance to any of the scenes there now, so the quicker the dank and dirty prison tombs become the main focus the better!
Our Score: 8/10
Ratings Note: 12.26 Million Viewers / 6.1 18-49 (↑ 0.7 on last new episode)