Last week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” was a perfect lead up to the blood bath that will ensue tonight. While the gang prepares
the prison for battle with Woodbury, Rick and his inner circle are quietly plotting to capture Michonne. Rick eventually shows his true colors by deciding against this course of action, of course. I personally like to think that Rick never would have been able to
go through with this. Unfortunately, he included Merle in these plans. As we all know, Merle has no problem doing dirty work. In fact, Merle himself doubts Rick’s commitment to selling Michonne out, which leads him to take matters into his own hands. This leads us to classic by the books zombie slaying. Giving us enough action to hold us over until tonight’s episode.
Through a handful of conversations throughout the episode, Daryl desperately wants Merle to join the group and put his gritty personality to rest. I personally think that he wants to do this, but the things he did at Woodbury haunt him. This leads him to turn Michonne’s capture into a “suicide” mission. Letting Michonne go and then collecting a herd of walkers to follow him, he rolls into the rendezvous point where the governor and his cronies lay in wait, ready for a massacre. Merle’s plan works like a charm allowing him to hide and pick off a sizable chunk of Woodbury’s army. However, it’s not enough. He is found out, killed by the Governor, and left to turn. All of this leads up to, in my opinion, the second best scene in the series just behind Rick and Shane’s showdown. Daryl tracks down Merle to find him feeding on a corpse. The emotion and rage that Norman Reedus shows is spectacular. It was sad to see Merle go, but I can’t think of a more fitting end to his story. Daryl and Merle are really what we are meant to watch. Their brotherly love is more than put to the test.
Merle’s death is just a tip of the iceberg though. Tonight, I’m afraid we are going to be seeing the deaths of some of the more beloved characters as well as the Governor. Of course, this is all speculation and we will have to wait to see. It should be thrilling.
Watch the season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” tonight at 9/8 central.