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The Walking Dead Recap: “Too Far Gone” (Season 4, Episode 8 )

I watched Facebook blow up with “HOLY WHOA WALKING DEAD” exclamations on Sunday night, all the while lounging around with the dude and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix instead. Frankly, The Walking Dead has disappointed me repeatedly, and at least I know what I’m getting into with Buffy and Riley (ugh, season four – and it was the episode where they can’t stop doing it, and it is so ridiculous). But I digress. When I sat down to watch The Walking Dead in my empty house last night, I was expecting some folks to bite the dust, some to make good decisions (I was giving too much credit), and some to pop back out of the woodwork (Carol, where are you when we need you?).

Well, some of that stuff happened. The only way I can describe the events of Sunday’s mid-season finale is “total shitshow.”

Rick Walking Dead

Bandaged hand to reflect the violence he inflicted upon Tyreese, untouched gun beneath to indicate the violence he doesn’t want to inflict upon anyone else. Too soft for this world. Photo credit Gene Page/AMC.

In the opening scenes, the Governor calmly tells his own crew of naive, kindly folk that they’ve gotta take the prison. He manipulates them by mentioning Martinez’s name (boo hiss! I liked Martinez), asserts to them that the prison people are murderers and thieves (though of course they’re “not all bad”), and tells them the prison people killed his daughter. He doesn’t, of course, mention that she was already dead at the time. As his disingenuous, infuriating speech to the trailer posse continues in voiceover, we watch him capturing Michonne and Hershel. “They’re the key,” he says, to taking the prison. Tara and Alicia are the first to say they’re down to attack the other group. Gentle Lily wants nothing to do with it, and asks if it’s really necessary to kill them, if they’re not all bad people. “Well, they’re with bad people,” says Philip/Brian/The Governor. “Am I?” Lily asks him, and suddenly we get the feeling she’s sharper than we gave her credit for. Oh yes, that is the question. When One-Eyed Bri says he loves her, she responds, “I don’t know who you are.”

Inside his trailer, Hershel and Michonne are trussed up, but not gagged. The Governor tells them his master plan, asks for their help in conquering the prison. Hershel rightfully asks how, if the Governor (who really, really doesn’t want to be called that anymore) had/has a daughter, he can kill somebody else’s kid. “Because they aren’t mine.” The Governor’s skinnier and stranger-looking than he used to be. Lanky in a slightly embellished cowboy jacket, sidling along as though his hips and legs are sore. He agrees to let Lily and Meghan stay by the river, where the walkers surely can’t get them. Surely. When he hugs Meghan goodbye, he lets her put muddy hands all over his jacket, telling her she made it better. Nothing in this world goes untarnished, he seems to be saying, and sometimes the key is getting down and dirty, sometimes the answer is to play in the metaphorical mud. Read more

The Walking Dead Recap: “Live Bait” and “Dead Weight” (Season 4, Episodes 6 and 7)

It’s been a crazy few weeks, but I’d never leave you hanging. November marks the start of the mid-season build to a final climax, and who better to catalyze it than the Governor? “Live Bait” finds him collecting a weakened family to use as such, and “Dead Weight” finds him ridding himself of, oh, you know, dead weight. And oddly enough, of the two, “Live Bait” feels unevenly paced and strangely written; I get that we’re supposed to think of the Gov as an antihero, but the writers pushed a little hard on the pity buttons. In this Sunday’s “Dead Weight,” though, we got him back in his full, psychopathic force.

Two weeks ago, The Walking Dead picked up from the end of season three, just as the Governor slaughtered his flock and drove away in the pickup. The writers give us a brief montage of the Gov’s activities since he left the Prison crew. He stares blankly into a fire as a walker stumbles through it, moaning and reaching. Martinez, ever the protector, shoots the walker, shaking his head. The Governor awakens in the morning to find he’s all alone with the embers – nobody wants him. What to do now? Obviously, he crashes through the Woodbury gates and lights the town on fire. Through Woodbury’s formerly idyllic streets shamble walker after walker, oblivious to the flame, oblivious to the Governor. As the days go by, the Governor gets weaker, slower, his hair scraggly and unkempt. He stands staring at a barn on which mourning people have scrawled messages: “We found Ken Jones,” “Brian Heriot,” messages from lonely people who want to let someone know their friends and family have died.

BURN IT DOWN. Photo courtesy Gene Page/AMC.

BURN IT DOWN. Photo courtesy Gene Page/AMC.

Just as he’s nearing the end of his proverbial rope, he looks up to see a little girl peering out a window. He climbs the building’s stairs to investigate and discovers two women, a little girl, and an old man with a respirator. He tells them the abbreviated story of Woodbury, tells them “the man in charge just lost it.” He gives them the name “Brian Heriot,” linking himself inextricably with the dead.

“When my girls were born, that’s when I finally figured out what it was to be a man,” the dying patriarch says, wheezing through his oxygen tube. Meghan, the little girl the Governor spotted in the window, doesn’t talk since “the shit hit the fan,” and her dying grandfather appeals to the Governor to go find her Backgammon (I think?) set. Maybe she’ll speak again, he thinks.

Your obligatory gore. Photo courtesy Gene Page/AMC.

Your obligatory gore. Photo courtesy Gene Page/AMC.

Upstairs, on a mission for Meghan’s game, the Governor finds bullets, a prosthetic leg, and an eyeless, limbless walker in the bathtub. Tara had been trying to kill the zombie, and nobody understood why he kept coming back. Honestly, of all the frustrating aspects of this show, this one irks me the most. What year is this? 2011? In what alternate universe have people not heard of zombies? In what world do people not have ANY prior knowledge of this mythology? At least acknowledge it, guys. COME ON. Read more

The Walking Dead Recap: “Infected” (Season 4, Episode 2)

This week’s episode of The Walking Dead spoke quite powerfully to me, as I am currently suffering from the Sinus Infection of Doom. When I had what was basically Captain Trips in 2012, I narrowly avoided watching Contagion during my worst symptoms – thank Jesus. I’m always under the vague assumption that I might die of some stupid thing like the common cold. Sunday’s Walking Dead clarified for the audience just how fragile we are, how vulnerable to even the simplest bugs in a world without real medicine. (I, on the other hand, am dosing myself with real medicine as I type.)

Patrick zombie

Dinner! Photo credit Gene Page/AMC.

Last week, Patrick died suddenly in the shower and reawakened as a walker, which rendered the whole prison open to attack from within its own walls. In the opening scenes of this week’s episode, Patrick goes about his zombie business, unfortunately silently – which leads to a rash of deaths and near-misses in the snoozing cell block. Luckily (and conveniently), none of those killed were our core group of folks.

Michonne leaves the prison to go on another Lone Wolf expedition, telling Rick and Carl she’ll bring them back the things they like – but returns in a panic when she hears a gunshot. She chastises herself for returning; it was indeed very stupid, and she’s letting her feelings get the better of her. But Michonne with feelings is better than the hardass we met last season. Unfortunately, she nearly gets herself killed coming back through the gate to help her friends; Carl and Maggie come to her rescue. In one of the season’s best scenes (Danai Gurira is truly a force to be reckoned with), Michonne outright refuses to take baby Judith from Beth after Judith spits up carrots all over Beth (babies are gross). Finally, Michonne takes the baby, at first holding her away, listening stone-faced to her imploring cries – and then she holds her close while tears spill from her eyes. Sometimes we forget that Michonne has a past, and that even she can’t turn it all off forever. She’s softening, and it scares her…but it sure is exciting for us. As Beth says (suddenly she’s full of wisdom), “When you care about people, hurt kind of comes with the package.” Read more