RIP the helicopter. If you don’t remember, we’ve (probably) seen the helicopter that crashed in the first scene of last night’s Walking Dead before. As Entertainment Weekly notes, the helicopter offered a sliver of hope for survivors and viewers alike. But it’s also been a purveyor of bad luck, first leading Rick to zombies and then leading zombies to Hershel’s farm.
Now, the helicopter has led Andrea and Michonne to its pluming wreckage, and thus begins their new adventure. “The Governor,” which, as Andrea finds out, is short for “the Governor,” commands the stage for the rest of the episode. He’s played wonderfully by English actor David Morrissey, who, in the words of Zap2It’s Geoff Berkshire, “wastes no time in firmly establishing he’ll be a valuable addition to the show.” Morrissey has the daunting task of pretending he’s an utter madman pretending to be Good Guy Governor. He plays the part well, letting just the right hint of insanity slip through his nice-guy veneer. Of course, the creepy score and Michonne’s continuous glaring may have biased me.
When Michonne is emoting, she’s angry. Slate commenter It’sme,MaryAnn is right: The over-the-top aggressive black woman is such a cliché. But even worse, Michonne is a magical black friend: She has no history, she harbors magical knowledge of zombies and samurai swords, and she appears out of nowhere to save Andrea.
As lame as her character is, she happens to be right to be suspicious of the Governor. Turns out he’s not just a friendly guy; he’s also a cold-blooded, neo-Shane who kills a crew of able-bodied, stranded soldiers “for their supplies.” In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Robert Kirkman confirms my theory that the governor killed these men to retain his power. “One of the things that the Governor does in order to maintain his leadership is to eliminate any kind of threat to his hold over those people,” Kirkman says.