If nothing else, I would have thought the placement of Merle in a prominent leadership position within his militia would have been all the damning evidence against the Governor that Andrea would need. Surely she hasn't forgotten how he was in the days before this group brought him in and the Governor began to temper his less acceptable impulses. I really enjoyed Michael Rooker's performance this week and the polish Merle's temperament has received, which seemed to me a necessary element of the character's reintroduction in terms of narrative sustainability. Merle was so unpalatable as originally represented – such a blatantly despicable, weakly sketched stereotype – that, for me, it ruined all the malice and dread that was possible, killed the tension with its simplicity. But this time is a different story. Those old urges of his may be restrained, but it seemed clear that they're still simmering under the surface. It's only a matter of time before the soup bubbles up through that skin.