After teasing new characters and locations, the world of The Walking Dead expands in episode 3 and does not disappoint. Titled "Walk With Me", this episode gives us our first good look at Michonne, The Governor, and the town of Woodbury.
Like all early reviews, I will keep this article free of major spoilers. With that being said, don't keep reading if you haven't seen the preview videos and want to be completely surprised going into this episode.
Some fans were surprised to see only a brief glimpse of Andrea and Michonne in the Season 3 premiere and no appearance in the second episode. You won't have to worry about that this time around, because the entire third episode is dedicated to the two of them and a new cast of characters. There is not a single scene of Rick and the group at the prison.
The story picks up not too far from where we saw Andrea and Michonne in the first episode. Although she's ill, Andrea is on the move with Michonne and they spot something that may be of interest in the woods. As they get closer, they realize that it also drew the attention of a new group of survivors. This results in our first look at The Governor and Woodbury, a community that is holding off the zombie threat.
I've been waiting to see how David Morrissey would work out as The Governor and he delivers an impressive performance. He's not going for a direct adaptation of the comic book character and I had no problem with that, as there are already so many differences between the comics and TV series. There's still much more to learn about this character, but in a short period of time, Morrissey is able to establish The Governor as someone who commands respect and has the charisma to draw those around him to his cause.
Although we get to see plenty of Michonne, this episode puts more of a focus on The Governor. That doesn't mean that we don't get to see her in action, but we also don't see everything she's capable of at this point. With that being said, I'm enjoying Danai Gurira in the role and look forward to seeing more of her in the near future.
Just because this is an introduction to new characters and stories, doesn't mean that the show is pulling back on the action we saw in the first two episodes. There are still zombies and enough action to keep fans happy. If you've seen the teasers, there's also another reason to be excited about this episode.
Fans of The Walking Dead comic book series have been waiting for this storyline since the show was first announced, and it feels to me like this episode was really designed with them in mind. Casual viewers will find this episode interesting, while comic book readers will be very excited to see their favorite characters and scenes come to life.
This episode may feel a bit different from the past two, but keep in mind that this is only the start of a much larger story. In a single episode, we've been introduced (or re-introduced) to nearly a dozen characters that we may see throughout the season. Overall, I feel like "Walk With Me" is another solid episode of The Walking Dead Season 3. This was the first stop at the Woodbury and I'm looking forward to seeing what this town and its inhabitants have in store for us over the next 13 episodes.
If you want to learn more about this episode, check out our previous coverage links below for photos and preview videos. We'll be back next week with an interview with David Morrissey and Robert Kirkman to discuss tomorrow's episode.