That is what Rick and his group are facing in this episode. Deliver one of their own into the hands of a madman who intends to torture her in return for a promise of peace, or refuse and prepare to fight a war they may not be able to win and, without a doubt, will not leave them whole and unscathed, even if they are somehow victorious. Could you make that choice, in return for keeping your family/group safe? That is a question we all need to ask ourselves in our hearts.
At least in as far as the storyline of the show goes, bending to such a demand is a fool's errand, in my opinion. None of them have any reason to consider the Governor as being anything other than a homicidal psychopathic maniac and/or The Devil incarnate. Even if giving him Michonne was going to quell his particular brand of crazy (which they have no reason to believe it will), just exactly how much time do they think they're buying for themselves? Even the most optimistic Pollyanna of the bunch couldn't possibly be stupid enough to think he would just leave them in peace forever and everybody could just live in a world of sunshine and rainbows as neighbors.
The Governor is a rabid dog, and the only thing you can do with a rabid dog is put it down. You don't have to enjoy it (Hell, you SHOULDN'T enjoy it), but you do have to do it; it's the only way to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. I, for one, think they should have done what Glenn suggested a few weeks ago -- a few of them sneak back into Woodbury and quietly put an end to the man. That, at least, might have either bought them some safety or decreased Woodbury's threat potential considerably.
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
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