We took a break from the prison and Woodbury to follow Rick, Michonne and Carl on their bogus adventure. This was a slow moving episode, but in a good way, unlike ‘I Ain’t A Judus’ which annoyed me a bit. Characters appear and disappear like magic tricks on this show, and while some returns aren’t always welcome, I was pleasantly surprised by the update we got from one person we hadn’t seen since the first episode.
As Michonne drives down the highway, they spot a lone hitchhiker begging for a ride. She speeds past him and then they get stuck in the mud trying to get past a car pile up. While freeing the wheel, Carl tells Rick that he doesn’t trust Michonne. I know little dude is trying position himself as a soldier, but they need Michonne just as much as she needs the. Rick reminds him that they are all in the same predicament and he needs to give her a chance. Just as they free the car, the hitchhiker catches up to them but Rick tells Michonne to keep on driving. They make it all the way back to the police station Rick used to work at, but they find that all the guns are gone. They go into town to see if they can find more weapons and ammo in some of the stores and see the streets covered in booby traps made for walkers. A masked man on top of one of the buildings yells at them to leave, then a shoot out ensues. When he makes his way down to the street, Carl shoots him. They see that he’s wearing body armor, so he’s not dead. When they remove his helmet Rick realizes that it’s Morgan.
They carry him back up to his apartment, which is also rigged with traps. They start to pack up his guns, but Rick doesn’t want to leave until Morgan wakes up. Carl wants to go get a crib for Judith from a nearby baby store and Michonne volunteers to help him. After they leave, Morgan wakes up and attacks Rick with a knife, stabbing him in the shoulder. He tries to make Morgan remember who he is, recalling how Morgan saved his life and when he gave him the walkie talkie. After begging Rick to shoot him, he starts calm down and remember, but unfortunately Morgan has suffered a lot since they last saw each other. Obviously broken, he laments trying to get a hold of Rick but never getting an answer. Then he tells him about how his son Duane died, killed by his own mother who Morgan never had the heart to shoot. In this world, it’s survival of the fittest, but as Morgan says it’s the weak that have inherited the earth.
Back in the town, Carl tries to get rid of Michonne so he can enter a cafe by himself. And what is so important that he would risk his life to go in a walker infested restaurant for? A picture of his family that he wanted the baby to have. It’s a nice sentiment, but Carl was back to being that bratty little kid that just wouldn’t stay his butt in the house last season.
They use one of Morgan’s mouse cages to distract the walkers while they sneak in, but Carl drops the picture on their way out. Michonne swiftly goes back in to retrieve it, and picks up some abstract cat statue. You can still appreciate art after the zombie apocalypse. Rick asks Morgan to come back to the prison with them, but he refuses and tells Rick that he should just keep going. Morgan is, sadly, comfortable where he is and is obviously just tired. He doesn’t want to go on, but has to, and knows that because they’re talking all his guns that the prison can’t possibly be any more safe than where he is.
As they get ready to leave, Carl apologizes to Morgan for shooting him. Morgan tells him to never be sorry. When he asks how things went while they were out, Carl says that Michonne might be one of them. Then she tells Rick that she knows he talks to people and reveals that she used to talk to her old boyfriend, who was one of the walkers she kept on chains. So it seems they’ve all come to a mutual understanding, and I don’t want some sort of relationship between the two, or at least I don’t think there needs to be one. On their way back to the prison Rick sees the remains of the the hitchhiker they didn’t pick up. They stop to collect his backpack and keep driving down the road.
A sad, but poignant episode, I really enjoyed it. Michonne was shown more as a person and not just a sword toting super babe. As annoying as Carl can be, I get why he does the things he does. Well, sometimes. So Rick might not be really going crazy, it’s just that he can’t let go of the past, and seeing Morgan in the state that he’s in might have woken him up a bit.