The Walking Dead – Episode 309: “The Suicide King”

In spite of my disappointment following the mid-season finale, I was genuinely hopeful for last night’s premiere. And then I was disappointed again. I don’t even know where to start; in essence, everything about this episode made me angry (with the exception of Lil’ Asskicker’s new mail bin bassinet).

The midseason finale was entirely hinged on the upcoming, fight-to-the-death bloodbath between Merle and Daryl. While it is a definite plus that Daryl is not dead, the highly anticipated battle was a complete letdown. Perhaps the aftermath was even more distressing – Daryl and Merle go frolicking off into the wilderness together and leave Team Prison vulnerable and alone.

Not that Daryl can really be blamed – Rick is far from stable at this point, and at least Merle doesn’t seem to have hallucinations of past conquests. Speaking of which, I wonder if the show’s writers will ever tire of mentally tormenting Rick in order to salvage mediocre episodes. Rick’s sanity has obviously come into question before, and it will be interesting to see if he continues to see (and hear) apparitions of dead group members.

Rick wants Michonne out, but due to the rising discord regarding Rick’s decision-making, I have a sinking feeling that she’s not going anywhere soon. Glenn and Maggie are having relationship drama. The Governor and Andrea are struggling, too. It’s hard to make a relationship work in a post-apocalyptic world, especially if your boyfriend is a power-crazed, one-eyed widower who just lost his daughter (again).

I don’t have much to say, thus the above rambling, incoherent post. I realize that this episode is mainly filler, and is largely functioning to put pieces in place for the inevitable meeting of Rick and the Governor. What is intriguing, though, is that the closer we get to this confrontation, the more similar these once opposing forces are becoming. Rick’s motives are being challenged, the Governor is not longer trying to hide his own. I’m still holding out for something mind-blowing for episode 310. Remind me I said that when I’m sobbing over my keyboard again this time next Monday.

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