‘Walking Dead’: Rick prepares to negotiate with the Governor

March 10, 2013 | 8:27 a.m.

The Governor (David Morrissey) in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "Arrow on the Doorpost." (Gene Page / AMC)

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "Arrow on the Doorpost." (Gene Page / AMC)

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "Arrow on the Doorpost." (Gene Page / AMC)

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Martinez (Jose Pablo Cantillo) in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "Arrow on the Doorpost." (Gene Page / AMC)

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead," "Arrow on the Doorpost." (Gene Page / AMC)

It’s been a strong run of episodes of late for “The Walking Dead” — last week’s installment, “Clear,” won plaudits for its smart character moments and the return of Morgan, the good-natured man played by Lennie James, who initially saved the life of Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes way back in the series pilot.

Of course, a great deal has changed in the intervening time and the former friends found themselves navigating a tricky reunion. But Rick will have to face off against a very different kind of man in Sunday’s “Arrow on the Doorpost” when he sits down with the Governor (David Morrissey) to come up with a peace treaty that would enable the leaders to prevent any further deaths among their people.

“What’s important to understand in this character, he sees himself on a historical stage,” departing showrunner Glen Mazzara told Hero Complex of the Governor last year on the series’ Georgia set. “That’s really how we look at that character. David’s interested in that. Sometimes you try to cast someone, you might feel they’re not fully committed to playing a villain. He’s fully committed to playing a layered complex character.”

As the highly rated AMC zombie series heads toward its upcoming finale, you can expect the show’s writers to continue to ratchet up the level of tension.

Click through the gallery of images above for a preview of what to expect tonight.

– Gina McIntyre

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