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With the Governor's deadline looming, Rick prepared to make a difficult choice about Michonne's life during Sunday's penultimate episode of The Walking Dead's third season as he did what he thought would bring peace between the residents of the prison and Woodbury.
Still haunted by visions of a pregnant Lori, the community's leader struggled with his conscience and ultimately ditched his plan to hand Michonne over the Governor. However, he comes up short after Merle -- who he'd enlisted to help with the handover -- knocks Michonne out to ready her for their journey to their rendezvous point. Realizing that he was too late and Merle has already taken Michonne to the Governor, Rick comes clean with the rest of the group and, in a sign that he may have moved passed his grief, effectively tells everyone that the he was wrong about what's been dubbed the Ricktatorship. "What I said last year, that first night after the farm -- it can't be like that," he tells them. "What we do, what we're willing to do, who we are -- it's not my call. It can't be. I can'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 fight or we can go."