No one has mentioned yet just HOW HOT Maggie was in that riot gear!!!!!!!!!!!! She can subdue me anytime!
However it was not a good episode, IMHO. Milton turning on the Gov was so predicted and out of character for him (he would more likely be the conscientious objector who would drop the knife and say "then I won't leave" even after the whooping The Gov gave him). Merle's end was done so well, this was hurried, although salvaged a bit by the Gov's line as he's leaving.
I thought he was working over Andrea in the opening too, it was anticlimactic after everything else to see her a little bloodied in the chair but otherwise untouched in any way. I have no desire to see someone treated the way the Gov's tools implied, but she didn't even need to pee that whole time?! Maybe they let her up for that because she was an attorney and they worried about her civil rights or something. After how Glenn and Maggie were treated, and how the Gov talked about Michonne and handled Merle, I expected MUCH worse for Andrea.
Interesting how the Gov handled Tyreese saying he was out of the killing. I suspect Tyreese would have been killed if the rest of the town wasn't watching.
LOVED the Shock and Awe in the prison corridors, protecting the others by removing them from the prison and going to Woodbury to counter attack. If you think about making the prison not worth the fight, you scare the beejesus out of the untrained people who think they're coming to kill dangerous people, without killing them purposefully (did anyone do a headcount? I suspect the Walkers in the catacombs found at least one or two). You've told them they don't want to do this, and made them feel lucky to escape, not vengeful because friends have died. Then you launch a puny attack at Woodbury to send a message to all those people...if your defenders attack us...if they ever leave we'll be ready to get you. The average stay behind has zero knowledge of what's going on, to them a few guns firing around the area would be interpreted as a full scale assault. Immediate pressure on the Gov to stop.
Milton's question to the Gov about his daughter exemplifies the Star Trek/Captain Kirk morality story Milton would be thinking...but the Gov has already been there and has his answer.
I saw the Gov shooting one/maybe two objectors to corral his sheep to the prison for another assault, but I think his mind just closed when he realized these people believed in Andrea's kind of Woodbury, and were not believing in him. No one was ready for him to open up, so they panicked and ran when it started. I can also see the Gov's flunkeys sticking with him while trying to figure out the change their world had taken. I also think it could be taken for granted that the Gov could never return to Woodbury, and that with so much lost both in him and the town there was no reason for him to in his mind. I think he knew what's-her-name was in that body pile, he just thought she was dead and in Merle/Milton form he decided to let her reanimate as a punishment for being a traitor...he then did that for the rest.
I disagree with Herschel, I don't think Carl was firing in cold blood. That teen wasn't dropping his piece, he was playing along and looking for a weakness. Maybe as a way to escape and not kill, but he reminded me a lot of Randall too. Carl took the shot, right or wrong. It exposed what he's becoming to Rick and Herschel, who then had to decide if that's proper. He didn't kill a helpless person, he killed a person who was trying to look helpless, and there is a difference. look into his eyes as he studies Carl and the others, you don't see fear or helplessness in them after the first heartbeat.
Sorry about Andrea, she acknowledged being true to what she was as a regret, which was cool, and stayed believing in Milton's humanity as he was dying too long to remember how fast that spark leaves. I was half expected a deux ex machina ending there, as much as I regret the loss of the character to the series at least some inexplicable bail out didn't come. I would almost have preferred the still-tied up version people have mentioned here, so much more could have been conveyed by the actress in those moments, without having to show the actual death footage.
Overall though it was choppy and without good editing or speed. despite the cool things I found to like it was just not a good episode, and certainly not a season finale caliber one.
"Step it up to Red Alert!"
"Are you absolutely sure, Sir? It does require changing the lightbulb."