This recent Walking Dead was both, in my opinion amazing and disappointing, when you think about where the story is going… again, and what may have been wasted parts of this season *cough* *hint* *cough* (Yeah my hint is the coughing, stupid flu episodes). I’ll start with the good though, and then the disappointing.
The Walking Dead, Season 4 Episode 7: Dead Weight.
Oh Brian, we barely knew ye! While I’d thought that it would take the death of Meagan or Lily (not Tara, I don’t think the Governor, Brian or most of the audience care much about Tara) for him to turn all crazy again, it was much quicker and revealed what was beneath the surface all along.
By the way, I started this blog on Tuesday, and then had to clean for in-laws coming on Wednesday… So I had to revisit my thoughts, but I’m pretty much in the same place as I was, if it gets rambly I’ll blame it on the Thanksgiving food coma I’ve yet to enjoy after a LONG day of cooking for 20 people (few of whom would make my zombie apocalypse team by the way)…. So if this blog is a bit scanty compared to others apologies, and I’ll have a better one for the mid season finale.
Anyway, once again I feel like The Walking Dead successfully filled an hour of television with very little action occurring, Unless you count the human body count…
Interrupted by more relatives… thinking about getting an eye patch… and a pool in the backyard…
Ok, back to blogging! Poor Pete, and Martinez… Out of the two murders, while I didn’t see Brian feeding a golf-clubbed Martinez to the walkers in the pit, Pete’s was the shocking one. While the Governor and Martinez were on that RV, as soon as the tone of his voice changed and he said (paraphrase) “so you don’t think you can’t keep this place safe?” I knew that Martinez was a goner. With Pete, I figured that the Governor would try and manipulate him, and rule from behind the throne. To be honest I think that would have made things more interesting. It would have created some tension between Pete and Mitch (wait till I get to Mitch), who was already giving the Governor grief. So his stabbing really caught me off guard. I think it was the shock in his killing Pete at all that I didn’t even think about why he killed him the way he did… but I’ll get to that.
As I look back on the episode (which is code for as I select my screenshots from kissthemgoodbye ) I see that the Governor was sizing things up from the moment he got pulled out of that pit by Martinez. Everything from his glancing at the lake on the supply run, his conversation with the guys in the cabin, and his time at the raided camp with Pete and Mitch, he was figuring out who would be a resource and who would be dead weight. That included reminding himself that as Brian he might be able to duct tape a leaky roof, but as The Governor, he’d be able to keep people safe.
Now people seem a bit divided on the issue with the Governor. Most think that he’s crazy and the family is just an external excuse for his murderous need to control. I see a man who has lost too much and so he’ll go to any lengths to be the strong protector and provider he couldn’t be to his wife and daughter. The fact that he needs his new aquarium (in my opinion) to look at those he’s defeated, remind himself of the monsters out there, and of what weakness looks like, tells me that he struggles with what he feels is a burden. I think that’s also why as he dragged Martinez to his messy death, he was muttering “I don’t want it. I don’t want it”. Violence is the only way he knows to keep those he cares about safe, and he hates it, feeling he cannot keep one without the other. I pity the Governor. It’s also why I love his character, if he simply reveled in the pain of others he’d be far less interesting.
Now, on to the less interesting side of things… The Governor and Mitch. The Governor basically upgraded from science nerd last season (poor Milton, I really liked him) to jock for this one, and in a zombie apocalypse… well we already saw what happens to nerds in an apocalypse, so in all fairness even Mitch understood the move that “Brian” had made in offing Pete. Now it’s just the Governor with what is essentially a mercenary and a tank.
Speaking of said tank, not wanting to give anything away for anyone who didn’t see the sneak peek, but all that this half season is apparently going to come to is the Governor attacking the prison again. But now with a tank… This feels like a bad sequel. I was hoping for the impending zombie horde, or the more dangerous people out there to push “Brian” and his new group to the prison begging for protection… but no. Instead we’ll see violence instead of… well anything else. I’m not opposed to violence, it just feels pointless. Doesn’t mean that I won’t watch it though.
I’ll just end this blog stating that, If nothing else, I’m excited for a people-free mid-season finale. All of the in-laws will be gone and if it weren’t for the lack of TV I’d kind of welcome a zombie-apocalypse right about now.
Thanks for reading, and happy watching!