The Governor himself comes out and joins the fight against the walkers. Finally Martinez points out Merle's window to one of his men. Merle has the Governor in his crosshairs, but just as he fires, stupid Ben wanders into the shot and stops the bullet instead. Alan's not going to be happy about that. Before Merle can take another shot, a walker grabs him from behind, but he kills it all the way through a door, which was a bad move because it ends with him on the ground in front of Martinez and another henchman, who promptly kick the crap out of him before he can get up. The Governor, enraged, wades in and hauls Merle out of the fray, screaming, "You leave him to me!" and drags him back inside to continue the curbstomping personally. Merle doesn't make it easy on him, and soon they're at each other's throats. But the Governor doesn't yield the advantage, biting off a couple of fingers on Merle's one remaining hand and then spitting them out, leaving poor Merle with a grand total of three digits to his name. The Governor almost chokes Merle out, but then releases him and steps back. "I ain't gonna beg," Merle finally says. "I ain't begging you!" "No," the Governor decides, levels his hand-cannon, and fires toward the camera. Hard to see how this could be good news for Merle.
Glenn goes and finds Maggie in the inner courtyard and tells her that Rick 's called a meeting, but first he takes her hand and gives her the diamond ring he cut off that walker earlier. Presumably he washed it, which in the zombie apocalypse is the equivalent of "He went to Jared!" Without his having to say a word, Maggie simply says, "Yes," she says, and they kiss in the sunlight. Man, she didn't even make him ask? And here I thought he was brave.
They go and meet Rick and the rest of the reaming group -- Carl, Carol, Hershel, Beth and Rick. Without preamble, Rick tells them about the deal the Governor offered him for Michonne, and how he was going to take it to keep them safe, but he changed his mind. "But now Merle took Michonne to fulfill the deal and Daryl went to stop him and I don't know if it's too late. I was wrong not to tell you. I'm sorry. What I said last year, that first night, after the farm?" You mean the part where it's no longer a democracy? "It can't be like that. It can't. What we do, what we're willing to do, who we are? It's not my call. It can't be. I couldn't sacrifice one of us for the greater good because we are the greater good. We're the reason we're still here. Not me. This is life and death. How you live, how you die, it isn't up to me. I'm not your Governor. We choose to go. We choose to stay. We stick together. We vote. We can stay and we can fight, or we can go." And having made his address, he goes and leaves them to chew on that for a while, just like he used to way back when he was a dictator.