It's TANKS-giving on 'The Walking Dead'

The Governor (David Morrissey) is celebrating tanks giving (Photo by Gene Page/AMC / July 25, 2013)

The Governor returned to "The Walking Dead" last week, but he didn't really return until this Sunday night's episode, "Dead Weight."

What I mean by that is that the Governor we saw last week was a shell of himself, shuffling around with his big hair and unkempt beard, brushing zombies aside instead of dispatching them.

The Governor we saw this week was the genuine article: salt and pepper stubble, all dressed in black, identifying threats to the survival of himself and those he chooses to protect and eliminating them with extreme prejudice.

Yes, things are starting to get interesting again on "The Walking Dead." An episode like this is REAL nice. A guy could get used to episodes like this! Episodes like this could be JUST what a guy like me is looking for...

In addition to the reemergence of the Governor character, we got to meet a group of new characters in this episode — most notably Mitch and Pete — and were reintroduced to Martinez. And there were a few cool zombie novelties.

I especially liked the crowd of zombies in the mudpit and the Pete zombie perpetually trapped in the Governor's "thinking pond," gazing up at the world.

But this episode really was about leadership.

Right at the beginning, Martinez tells the Governor, "Hey pal, I'm in charge now, and if you don't like it? Don't let the door hit'ya where the good lord split'ya."

At first the Governor is playing cool, like, "Well, maybe it will be a relief to not have to approve vacation requests and expense reports." But then he thinks to himself, "Hey, the view never changes unless you're the top dog."

So when Martinez is drunkenly hitting golf balls and using the Governor as his driving range caddie, the Governor is like, "Who do you think I am, 'The Legend of Bagger Vance?'" and wallops Martinez across the dome with his golf club.

Golf jokes: Hey, the Governor, you forgot to yell "fore!" Hey, the Governor, aren't you supposed to replace your divot? Hey, the Governor, your tee shot didn't go past the women's tees, doesn't that mean you have to finish this hole with your dungarees off? Any other good ones?

The Governor seems unsure of whether he wants to lead again, but once he tosses Martinez into the walker pit, he's in for a penny, in for a pound.

Next, the Governor goes out on a scouting trip with ex-military brothers Mitch and Pete. Mitch is getting kind of sassy with the Governor, calling him "One-Eye Bri" and jostling him with his shoulder, and running his mouth, while Pete — who half-heartedly assumed power in Martinez's absence — seems much more diplomatic.

It was pretty funny how quickly Pete was shouted down by the masses when he stepped up to assume leadership. On Pete's first supply run, all he manages to rustle up is a few dead squirrels and some condensed milk. #FAIL

I guess the Governor likes folks who take initiative, because Pete is the next to go (the Governor stabs him in the back, literally) while Mitch is offered the chance to be the Governor's new right-hand man. Martinez, Merle, Mitch. Hmmm...

Mitch is the proud owner of an army tank, so maybe the Governor was thinking about that when he kept Mitch around.

The episode ends with the Governor driving a beat-up old GMC truck through the woods to the outskirts of the prison yard, where he menacingly eyes up Hershel and Michonne while they share a tender moment.

It's about to go down people.

DID YOU NOTICE

The Governor was calling Meghan "Pumpkin."

There is a decapitated wild boar head in the trailer park camp.

One of the beers that they are drinking is called Penn Pavel, which is a fictional brand that has been used in numerous television shows.

There is a sign that says "Welcome to our Lake House" in the Governor's trailer.

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