In the prison, a debate rages about whether to stay put and fight the Governor or to flee. To my surprise and delight, Daryl, Rick, and Merle are all back inside; I figured the show wouldn’t lose the opportunity to keep our groups separate for a while, but I guess three badasses such as Rick Grimes and the Dixon brothers could probably fight their way through a field full of Walkers. Also, to be honest, Rick, Daryl, and Merle probably smell very much like the zombies at this point. They are all in desperate need of baths.
Back to the debate: Herschel insists that they should leave the prison; Glenn backs up Rick’s decision to stay; and Merle—who’s locked away separately but within earshot of the group—tells them that they lost their chance to leave anyway.
Daryl says he isn’t afraid of the Governor, and Merle is all “you really should be!” Merle points out that the Governor has both the guns and the numbers on his side; he can just starve out the prison folks if he wants to. Good old Merle is always so upbeat!
Rick begins to walk away, and Herschel just can’t take it any more. He yells at Rick that “now is not the time.” If this isn’t a democracy but a Ricktatorship, then Rick needs to be there and actually lead.
Herschel’s words have apparently had some effect on Rick because we see him next with binoculars scouting the woods beyond the prison. For an instant, he sees the flash of something white in the woods. Remember, Rick, NOW IS NOT THE TIME! Carl has followed Rick and tells him that he should stop being the leader, and let Herschel and Daryl handle things because Rick deserves a rest. Even the Pope gets to resign nowadays, so Rick can have a temporary leave of absence!
In Woodbury, Milton and the Governor are doing a census of fighting personnel. The Governor decides that 13-year-olds and up are able to fight (and although basically everything the Governor does or says is like fingernails on a blackboard for me, I think it probably wouldn’t hurt the kids to at least learn self-defense/zombie fighting 101—after all, Carl is pretty capable and I’m not sure if he even is 13 yet.)
[Preteen zombie fighting for the win!]