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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Walking Dead, Episode 7: Torture for Glenn and Maggie, New Friends For Michonne

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Back in experiments-ville, Milton is explaining to Andrea what they're doing with Mr. Coleman, who is dying of prostate cancer. They're waiting for him to die, so they can restrain him and ask his undead self the same family-related questions that he answered a few moments ago, to see if there's a difference in his responses. (We're going to go ahead and presume a massive "yes" on that one.) Coleman apparently volunteered for the experiment, the goal of which is to establish if zombies have an unconscious mind with memories of their life.

"I need you to end the subject's reanimated state," Milton tells Andrea. "Alright," she replies calmly, before adding: "There is no unconscious mind, Milton. When they turn, they become monsters, that's all. Whoever they once were is gone." Let's hope for her sake that that's true. Otherwise, she's gonna feel real bad about shooting her undead sister in the head in Season 1. Milton reveals he's never seen a person become undead before, which seems kind of impossible under the circumstances, but hey -- we'll probably get the details on that later.

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One of the Governor's thugs tells Merle that they'll need Glenn for leverage in case the others come looking, so Merle should quit throwing zombies at him. The Governor then pays Maggie a visit. He unties her, says he'll take her back to the others and that he'll drive her there. She says she wants to see Glenn. Gov refuses and Maggie refuses to reveal where the others are.

"Fine," says the Gov. "We'll try something else. Stand up." Then, in the most abhorrent thing we've seen him do yet, he demands: "Take off your shirt, or I'll bring Glenn's hand in here." Maggie cooperates reluctantly, also removing her bra when instructed to. The governor takes off his belt and approaches her, gently touching her hair (creep) before slamming her head down on the table. "Do whatever you're gonna do," Maggie says, steely eyed. "You can go to hell." The Governor (we kind of just want to refer to him as The Bastard from now on) steps away.

On route to Woodbury, led by Michonne, Rick thanks Daryl for taking care of his baby while he was in crazy-pants mode. "That's what we do," Daryl replies nonchalantly. And, as usual, the group is then set upon by a large herd of walkers. They kill a few, then barricade themselves into a nearby cabin, that contains a dead dog and a crazy hermit hiding under a blanket. "I'm gonna call the cops!" the insane guy says before attacking Rick. So Michonne kills the dude. (She's handy that way.) The gang throws the now-dead crazy hermit guy out the front door to the walkers (who feast on his intestines as graphically as possible) and escape out the back door undetected.

In Woodbury, the very restrained, very dead Mr. Coleman has just become undead. When Milton is unsure of whether the zombie gent is trying to respond to his stupid questions, he takes off one wrist restraint, ignoring Andrea's warnings not to do so. Predictably, Undead Coleman tries to bite Milton's face off, so Andrea stabs the zombie in the skull. This Milton dude should not be in charge of the science.

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The Governor hauls half-naked Maggie into the same room as very beaten Glenn and though neither of them blab at first, Maggie blurts out "prison" the second a gun is held to Glenn's head. She also tells the Gov that there's 10 people there. Gov gets all creepy all over Maggie again, faux-comforting her, as Glenn seethes quietly. Finally he, Merle, and another goon leave the young couple alone in a desperate embrace.

Moments later, the Governor is doubting Maggie's story. "If she's lying, that means a pretty sizeable force has moved in to our back yard," he says to Merle. "But if she's not, this group -- with your brother at its core -- has done something you told me couldn't be done." Merle squirms, unaware that Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Axel, and Oscar have reached Woodbury's perimeter.

The Gov tells his goons to put together a small group to "scout" the prison. After they leave, Andrea enters, greets him with a kiss, pours herself a drink, explains that Milton didn't "find what he was looking for" and folds into the Governor's arms for comfort. Man, we hate this guy. And we're pretty sure next week, an all out war between him and our gang is going to erupt. The question is, which side will Merle choose once he lays eyes on Daryl?

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