Glenn is still fumbling the ball in his relationship with Maggie as well. Both of them had their own traumatic experiences during their ordeal as prisoners in Woodbury, and -- being a young guy -- he feels as though he needs to somehow fix things when it would be far better were he simply to be there for her as a sounding board. He asked her yet again in this episode if the Governor raped her, even though she's already told him that the answer is no. I believe that his apparent obsession with that idea is coming across as possessive and serving to push Maggie away when that isn't really Glenn's intention.
The fact of the matter -- and this is something that those of us Prepping for harsher times would do well to remember -- is that traumatic experiences don't always bring people together like they should. Sometimes they tear otherwise happy people apart. Hopefully, Glenn and Maggie will find their way through their rough patch. True happiness seems to be in short supply in their world, though, so I'm not sure yet which way I'd lay odds on it going.
Also, the interaction between the brothers Dixon was very intriguing. These two really are two sides of the same well-worn and slightly damaged coin. I wondered last week what the breaking point would be that would drag Daryl away from his no-good older brother, and it seems my answer was only a week in coming: Daryl decided to do the right thing, endangering himself to help a group of strangers beset by Walkers on a bridge, despite the fact that Merle urged him not to bother helping folks who have never done anything to assist them. Merle himself did nothing to help, until Daryl was the one in danger, and then proceeded to try to rob the fleeing family whom he believed now owed them. Daryl was having none of it and held his crossbow on Merle until the family could escape.
Perhaps that's a good question for we, as Preppers / Survivalists, to ponder: Just how much can surviving harsh times change a person? If you found out your friend had originally planned to harm you in some way, how would that affect your ability to trust them in the future? If you've been fighting side-by-side with a person for months and you somehow discover that they were in prison when TEOTWAWKI occurred, would you be able to overlook that or would it change how you feel about them?
I also think that, if the Governor dies at the end of this season, it will be Andrea who kills him. He clearly doesn't trust her and lied to her about his intentions to attack the prison, and, when she figures out the kind of man he's become, she'll be in prime position to dole out a reckoning.
The flip-side is that the attack also seemed to possibly pull Rick out of his trip to CrazyTown, by giving him something new to focus on, as well as reuniting scattered forces. In the final moments, there's even a very subtly moment when Maggie takes Glenn's hand after having rejected him earlier in the episode, so maybe they'll be okay after all. Merle is still going to have a seriously hard time fitting in and being accepted by folks he recently tried to murder; there's gonna be bad blood, but -- like with Michonne, who Rick also doesn't trust -- his presence during the battle was undeniably valuable. As any fool should know, the enemy of your enemy can often be a friend, if an uneasy one, and all alliances aren't based on mutual affection. Sometimes they're products of necessity.
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
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