Rick Grimes and the gang at the prison are nowhere to be seen this week, as we catch up with Michonne, Andrea, and Merl, and we finally meet the Governor.

Title: “Walk With Me”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by Evan Reilly, from the graphic series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Robert Adlard.

Cast
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Laurie Holden as Andrea
David Morrissey as the Governor
Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon
Dallas Roberts as Milton

Additional cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

A helicopter crash draws the attention of Michonne and Andrea—and of another group of survivors, who may be more dangerous than they appear.

High Point

The show has needed a challenge other than the standard Zombie Apocalypse problems that we’ve already watched, and this episode sets that up. Our main cast will soon be pitted against adversaries who think.

Low Points

The episode gave us a new direction, but its pacing and overall writing seems weaker than in the previous two.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6 I like that fact that we’re seeing other, diverse groups of survivors.

Effects: 6/6 This episode required several small, but impressive, headshots. I especially liked the close-up look at Michonne’s pet walkers.

Story: 4/6

Acting: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6 Rather than the obvious post-apocalyptic Woodbury of the graphic novel, the series creates the closest one could hope to find to a small town in a zombie apocalypse. Like most small towns located in the horror genre, this one’s clearly hiding some big, dark secrets.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Walk With Me” receives 34/42