Back at the prison, Rick picks up a sniper rifle and tells his assembled peeps -- including Merle and Michonne -- about his meeting with the Governor, just the two of them. "Should have gone when we had the chance, bro," Merle says to Glenn. Rick goes son to say that the Governor wants the prison, and all of them dead. "For what we did to Woodbury." He pauses to let everyone take this in, and adds, "We're going to war." Of course that's not what the Governor told Rick, but it's still true. Rick leaves them all to ponder this and goes to the catwalk, leaving everyone behind to exchange significant stares.
Hershel eventually finds him out there and reports, "The group's taking it as well as can be expected. Merle and Michonne are convinced we should hit first. Carol and I think we should take our chances on the road. But we're in this together, so if we stay and fight, so be it." Rick nods as stoutly as he can manage, and tells Hershel the truth about the Governor's offer to leave them alone in exchange for Michonne. "He'll kill her," Hershel says. "And then kill us anyway," Rick adds. "But what if he doesn't? What if this is the answer?" Hershel asks why Rick didn't tell the others this. "They need to be scared," Rick says, because that's the only way they'll accept the deal. "She saved my life," Hershel points out. "Carl's. Glenn, Maggie. If she hadn't come here, we never would have known they were taken. She's earned her place." Rick agrees, but asks Hershel, "Are you willing to sacrifice your daughters' lives for her?" Instead of answering, Hershel asks why Rick is telling him this, which is probably his way of saying he wishes Rick hadn't. Rick's answer: "Because I'm hoping you can talk me out of it." But for a long moment, going all the way to the fade, the only talking going on is the moaning of the zombies beyond the fence.
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