This article contains spoilers from last night's episode of The Walking Dead. So, if you haven't watched the latest Walking Dead episodes saved to your DVR, you might want to save this article for later. Otherwise, prepare to find out exactly what went down after we saw the Governor set his sights on Michonne last week.
To say that chaos ensued in last night's episode of The Walking Dead--which also served as the mid-series finale--would be putting things lightly. Among other things, this tear-jerking episode saw us lose a fan favorite character and it appears that Rick's baby, Judith, was eaten by a walker.
Last week's episode ended with the Governor aiming his gun at Michonne. Considering their past, it seems pretty safe to assume that he's going to pull the trigger, right? Wrong. Instead, we find that the Governor decided to take Michonne and Hershel hostage. As he explained his plan to his camp, the Governor makes it clear that he wants to trade Michonne and Hershel for the prison with no bloodshed. The Governor arrives at the prison with his group and has Rick come down and explains the same thing to him.
Rick tries to talk the Governor into letting their two groups live at the prison peacefully, but the Governor refuses to negotiate. "I have a tank, and I'm letting you walk away from here. What else is there to talk about?" the Governor told Rick.
Instead of backing down and having everyone pack up, Rick puts his foot down and delivers a speech: "Now you put down your weapons, walk through those gates and you're one of us," Rick said. "Everyone's alive. Everyone's made it this far. We've all done worse kinds of things just to stay alive. We can still come back. We're not too far gone. I know we all can change."
So, how does the Governor respond? After Rick's promise to let bygones be bygones, he uses Michonne's katana to slice Hershel's neck (he later hacks his head off). While a lot of us probably figured Hershel's number would be up soon, seeing him go out in this manner proved to be a little too much for some fans:
Just watched the newest episode of the walking dead and I'm seriously butthurt Hershel got killed
— hermes franco (@_FRVNCO) December 2, 2013
I hate the Walking Dead now, WHY HERSHEL WHY!?
— ∞ (@justinmybabyy_) December 2, 2013
After the Governor's girlfriend Lilly shows up with Meghan's body (she was bitten by a zombie), he tells his group to kill everyone and all hell breaks loose. Some of the group is able to escape on the bus while others stay behind to fight.
While all of this is going on, we finally get to see the Governor and Rick one-on-one. Rick attacks the Governor and gets in a few good licks, but the Governor is able to get the upper hand and it appears that he is about to end Rick with we see a familiar katana rammed through his chest (fist pump!). Michonne is on the other end of that katana, of course. She leaves the Governor gasping for breath, and Lilly eventually steps up and finishes him off with a bullet to the head.
The fans weighed in on the Governor's death on Twitter:
— Canadian_Chiver (@kriztoper1978) December 2, 2013
— jose gutierrez (@AverageJoseph11) December 2, 2013
Rick and Carl hook up at the end in yet another emotional moment and as they try to find the baby, they spot her car seat. Unfortunately, Judith isn't inside and the seat is stained with blood. Rick and Carl seem to assume the worst--that she is dead. It's possible that someone else that was injured got Judith out, since the harness on her car seat that previously held her in place was unbuckled, something a zombie likely wouldn't be capable of doing.
With the group split up and the prison destroyed, there's no telling what will happen now, and we will have to wait until February 9, 2014 to find out.
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