The show opens with the Governor playing chess with Megan. Then, it cuts back to when the Governor’s former henchman Martinez rescues him and Megan from the walker pit. As the Governor discusses successful chess strategies with Megan in the flash forward, and about how his own father was abusive, the flashback shows the Governor/“Brian” interacting with Martinez. Martinez tells the Governor that he can come back with him to the new camp, as long as he accepts the motto that there is no dead weight, and that he’s now the one in charge.
Later, Megan’s mother tells the Governor that they can help make the camp good. The Governor, Martinez, and others walk through the woods. The Governor hears something suspicious and pulls a gun. They discover the corpse of a soldier who was strapped to a tree, staked, and decapitated with “liar” sign put on his chest. They find a second soldier corpse in a similar manner. Inside an abandoned house, they find a third dead soldier with “murderer” written on his chest. They explore the darkened house, hearing walkers creaking on the wood, until ey attack. With the Governor’s help they are able to dispatch the walkers.
Over a fireplace, Martinez tells the Governor that if it had just been him in the pit, he wouldn’t have saved him. Noting the family with him, he asks the Governor if he’s a changed man. The other two henchmen arrive with beer. Martinez and the two of them speculate about what happened between the soldiers and the people who had been in the cabin. The conversation then turns to the Governor, and his past. Martinez’s two henchmen Pete and Mitch are brothers, and former Army. When asked what he did when the walkers took over, the Governor answers that “he survived.”
Martinez has the Governor caddy for him while he golfs, drunk, off the top of an RV. He tells him that the other henchman who abandoned the Governor died in a walker attack. Martinez talks about being leader, but the Governor seems concerned after asking if Martinez thinks he can keep everyone safe. When Martinez doesn’t answer yes, the Governor bashes him over the head with a golf club, and then drags him to the walker pit to be eaten alive by walkers. The next morning, Pete and Mitch assume leadership of the camp. They dictate that there won’t be a vote, which the other camp members are upset about. They go with the Governor on a hunt. They find a smaller campsite in the woods, with a bunch of supplies. Pete wants to take them in, with their supplies, whereas Mitch only wants to kill them and take their supplies; the Governor just listens and says nothing. Later, they revisit the small campsite and find that all of the campers are dead, with their supplies taken; the Governor speculates that this was done by other people.
After returning, the Governor tells Lily and Tara to get Megan together and leave because he thinks things are about to go wrong for the camp. In the middle of the night, they come across a mud pit in the middle of the road, filled with zombies, so they have to turn back. The next morning, they awake in the RV, back in the campsite of the larger group. The Governor grabs his gun and goes to talk to the camp leader Pete, but then stabs him and strangles him to death. The Governor goes to Mitch’s RV next, and tells him that he killed Pete because Pete’s desire to do the right thing was getting in the way of providing for his camp. He tells Mitch that he’s running things and that he’ll do whatever necessary to protect the camp. He says he will tell the camp that Pete died saving them, so that they have a hero to rally around.
The Governor is now in control, and instructs the camp to avoid strangers and not do more supply runs because they are stocked from the small campsite. As the Governor tends to his eye wound, Lily tells him that he doesn’t have to run the camp alone. Outside, Megan is attacked by a walker, and only saved when the Governor comes outside and shoots it. The Governor goes back out to the dock where he dumped Pete’s body, and looks down pensively at the walker Pete struggling to swim upward. He drives his truck over to the prison and watches from a distance as Rick and Carl tend crops. He walks further and sees Michonne and Hershel talking, and raises his gun in Michonne’s direction.