In a surprising turn of events, Rick and The Governor will meet for a possible peace treaty on Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead. If you think there's no way The Governor (David Morrisey) would actually stick to his word, you're not the only one.
"We hate that guy! It's not going to happen," Andrew Lincoln jokes to TVGuide.com. "We're in the middle of a conflict. It's all about gearing up for war."
In truth, his character Rick will ponder that possibility after The Governor offers a deal that seems too good to pass up. But whether or not they can actually trust The Governor remains to be seen. "Would you?" executive producer Greg Nicotero says. "Rick doesn't want there to be warfare, but as far as he's concerned, they fired first and they kidnapped Glenn [Steven Yeun] and Maggie [Lauren Cohan] and he's not going to let that happen. He's pretty dead set on killing The Governor."
It's actually Andrea (Laurie Holden) who brings the two leaders together in hopes that she can get them to agree to a détente. "She was a lawyer, so it makes sense that she would want to sit down with these two people and try to reason with them and try to broker peace," Holden says. "I don't think she can trust anything The Governor does at this point, but she's going to hold onto the hope that he can because that's all she's got."
Even if Rick does consider the offer, he will still have to run it by his group, which has been ravaged this season by the people of Woodbury. "I don't think the group will be too thrilled with that," executive producer Robert Kirkman says. "There's been a lot of bad blood between the two groups. A peace treaty will be very problematic."
No one will be more upset about this than Glenn, who was tortured at the behest of The Governor, who also nearly raped his girlfriend. "That's the internal struggle with himself and within the group," Yeun says. "When Glenn shows his cards in these last few episodes, we realize he doesn't have it all figured out. Regardless of whether Rick might be a little off, he's still more of a capable leader at this point. Glenn is coming from a very brash, young and selfish place. That's going to come out in terms of the treaty as, 'This is f---ing bullsh--!'"
On the flip side, a treaty could be the only thing preventing a massacre. Even though Rick was able to secure more firearms, The Governor still has more people, giving him the advantage in the coming war. "There's been a lot of blood spilled," executive producer David Alpert says. "Even though people have grudges and axes to grind, they don't want to jeopardize their friends and their loved ones by going to war. There's going to be some real debate about how to pursue this."
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.