Originally Posted by dougotte
It seemed obvious to me that the Gov's attack was purely symbolic. He wanted to rattle Rick's team and show them they're not safe. He did not intend to kill them all. That will come later. I don't know what he thinks will happen next, but possibilities are:
1) Rick's team will attack Woodbury and be wiped out;
2) After giving some time for Rick's team to get really nervous, he'll plan a full-on attack of the prison;
3) Due to the aforementioned seed planted in Rick's team, they'll tear each other apart and the Gov won't have to do anything else.
I'm not saying these things can be reasonably expected to happen, but we know the Gov is slightly unhinged, and he might think they'll happen.
I'd call the guy more than slightly unhinged ..
With the wooded area around Woodbury such as it is, it would not be difficult to carefully plan an attack .. the guards are on a raised platform .. put Merle and Daryl outside the main gate, coordinate another group from the rear, have Merle and Daryl pick off the guards, give it a few minutes and as the rest of the town converges on the main gate, have group two attack from the rear ..
Or do as Hershel wants and hit the road ..
Anyway you slice it, the prison location has been compromised and it's unlikely the Gov is going to let up .. so it's fight and defend, attack or move on ..