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TV Review: The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 6, November 17, 2013)

Nov. 18, 2013by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 6: Live Bait

THE HOOK: In the wake of war with Woodbury, Rick and his group have turned the prison into a working community, but danger continues to stir on the outside as well as from within.

The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode

THE LOWDOWN: I can honestly say I didn’t see anything that happened tonight coming, but that’s a good thing. The episode picks up where last season’s finale left the Governor—after he went nuts and shot all his people. His moment by the fire made him look lost, and clearly his two crewmen thought so too because they left his ass to die. His lonely sojourn was interesting. I get why he burnt Woodbury to the ground. Too much happened there for him to go back, and if he can’t have it, he’ll be damned if anyone else will. I loved how he was laying down to die, but saw the kid and decided to hold on. Shaking him up with this family was also cool, but it becomes instantly obvious that he doesn’t think he deserves a clean slate. When he responds to what happened to him by saying, ‘the guy in charge lost it’, I felt his pain. And then it happened, I started to root for the bad guy.

Now I know what you might be thinking, if you’ve followed this column from the very beginning, I was one of the people most excited by the prospect of seeing the Governor’s evil side. Last season had its share of faults, but the Governor’s story was hit and miss because it felt like the writers couldn’t decide if they wanted him good or bad. He made his choice tonight. The guy lost his wife, and then tried his damndest to keep his daughter alive(ish). Letting go isn’t easy. So seeing him try to redeem himself via the backgammon game, the run for oxygen, and the overall protection of this family made him look human again in my eyes. But when Megan asks about his eye, and he opens up and what he’s lost, I couldn’t help but go team Governor (tell me you didn’t laugh when he said he was a pirate). Just like Rick and Hershel talked about, there’s got to be a way back, a way to redeem yourself for the sins you’ve committed. Will this newfound redemption last? Who knows, but I damn sure hope he plans to make an honest go of it.

There’s so much going on with the Governor tonight as he slowly makes his way back from the oblivion. I loved the chess game, and he how he tells her that you can lose a lot of soldiers but still win the game. This makes me think he’s still gunning for the King of the prison. And if not, I’m sure there’s still a special hatred burning in his heart for Michonne. Life in the apartment wasn’t going to last, I knew that the second I saw the father hooked up to an air tank. I wasn’t surprised to him turn, or the Governor bashing his skull in, but I was a little surprised to see them back up and go with him. The car breaks down, the chick sprains her ankle (which was lame considering she was walking), and they run into a bigass herd of walkers (surprise, surprise). I thought the girls were all toast for sure, but then I heard machine guns. I can’t see the reunion with his old crew ending any way but badly—oh hi, remember when you left my ass at the campsite to die?

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's sixth episode was one hundred percent Governor action and I’m one hundred and one percent cool with that. One of the greatest things about this world is the exploration of other characters in other situations—hence why I loved the Telltale game. Sometimes it’s good to take a break and go off somewhere else. In this case, I’m sure a lot of people will gripe about this being a “slow episode”, but I disagree. This was the best episode of the season for me. This show is all about characters dealing with the repercussions of good and bad decision making, and the journey back to a moral baseline. I like the new Governor. Yes, I wanted to see his sadistic side, and we still might, who knows. Just because he’s nice to this family doesn’t mean he’s going to let Rick and Michonne off with a slap on the wrist. And if things go sour (which they probably will), he’ll have nothing left but rage and revenge—which could be what led him to the outskirts of the prison last week. Can’t wait for next week. Bring on more Governor!

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: The Governor goes all Road House on some zombie neck. Love it.

BLOOD AND GORE: The Gov bashes in some skull, rips out some neck, and peels a dude’s face and jaw off. He’s still got it.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: The Governor. Like I said, I saw none of this coming. Dude has the chance for redemption and though he struggles with it at first, he does the right thing by these strangers. I’m sure we all said ‘WTF’ when he drove away with them, but again, I like this new road he’s on.

COOLEST SCENE: I loved his interactions with Megan. He obviously thinks of her as Penny at this point. Her Q&A session, the chess game, and how he saves her in the pit, grabs her and promises to keep her safe. Team Governor, baby. Team Governor.

FINAL VERDICT:

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Do you think there’s any chance Rick and Michonne could forgive the Governor?

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10:33AM on 11/22/2013
Best episode so far this season. Now give us the tank!
Best episode so far this season. Now give us the tank!
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7:21PM on 11/20/2013

Wow!

I think this was the best episode of the season and has made the Governor my 2nd favorite character behind Daryl. Frankly I couldn't care any less if any of the characters in the prison die with the exception of Daryl and that's the problem with this show. I have no emotional connection to anybody and that makes the show so much less engaging and takes all of the tension out of scenes where character's lives hang in the balance. It really says something that one well crafted episode about a
I think this was the best episode of the season and has made the Governor my 2nd favorite character behind Daryl. Frankly I couldn't care any less if any of the characters in the prison die with the exception of Daryl and that's the problem with this show. I have no emotional connection to anybody and that makes the show so much less engaging and takes all of the tension out of scenes where character's lives hang in the balance. It really says something that one well crafted episode about a character can make me care about him more than characters I have been watching for 4 seasons and I am supposed to have an emotional connection with. Maybe this show found it's magic formula Sunday in that we need standalone episodes that give us character development and could make the fates of these characters far more important.
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7:20PM on 11/20/2013

Wow!

I think this was the best episode of the season and has made the Governor my 2nd favorite character behind Daryl. Frankly I couldn't care any less if any of the characters in the prison die with the exception of Daryl and that's the problem with this show. I have no emotional connection to anybody and that makes the show so much less engaging and takes all of the tension out of scenes where character's lives hang in the balance. It really says something that one well crafted episode about a
I think this was the best episode of the season and has made the Governor my 2nd favorite character behind Daryl. Frankly I couldn't care any less if any of the characters in the prison die with the exception of Daryl and that's the problem with this show. I have no emotional connection to anybody and that makes the show so much less engaging and takes all of the tension out of scenes where character's lives hang in the balance. It really says something that one well crafted episode about a character can make me care about him more than characters I have been watching for 4 seasons and I am supposed to have an emotional connection with. Maybe this show found it's magic formula Sunday in that we need standalone episodes that give us character development and could make the fates of these characters far more important.
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12:34PM on 11/18/2013
I loved this episode, my fav of the season by far. There's always a chance to be forgiven and start fresh no matter what someone has done. Was totally surprised by the direction they went with him and totally dug it. I thought the episode was going to end with him bringing the family to the prison to be safe, but I guess the Govs journey isn't quite over yet. I just hope the writers aren't too cruel and wipe out his new family just yet.
I loved this episode, my fav of the season by far. There's always a chance to be forgiven and start fresh no matter what someone has done. Was totally surprised by the direction they went with him and totally dug it. I thought the episode was going to end with him bringing the family to the prison to be safe, but I guess the Govs journey isn't quite over yet. I just hope the writers aren't too cruel and wipe out his new family just yet.
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10:08AM on 11/18/2013
A nice surprise and complete 180 from the comics. Sadly I think the family's gonna die next episode and he's going to lose it completely, but I like the idea of him actually having a chance at redemption. Praise to the writing team for going with such a bold move.
A nice surprise and complete 180 from the comics. Sadly I think the family's gonna die next episode and he's going to lose it completely, but I like the idea of him actually having a chance at redemption. Praise to the writing team for going with such a bold move.
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10:04AM on 11/18/2013

Great episode...

...also my favorite of the season so far. Is it just me or was the Governor never truly bad to begin with? Everything was fine until Andrea and Michonne showed up in Woodbury. The bottom line is that he was running a safe haven and trying to come up with not necessarily a cure but some way to bring back the person a walker once was so he could at least feel close to his daughter again. When it comes to the Governor and Michonne, I'd rather see Michonne die, she killed walker Penny for no
...also my favorite of the season so far. Is it just me or was the Governor never truly bad to begin with? Everything was fine until Andrea and Michonne showed up in Woodbury. The bottom line is that he was running a safe haven and trying to come up with not necessarily a cure but some way to bring back the person a walker once was so he could at least feel close to his daughter again. When it comes to the Governor and Michonne, I'd rather see Michonne die, she killed walker Penny for no reason.
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10:10AM on 11/18/2013
Jesus, that's a damn fine point you made there.
Jesus, that's a damn fine point you made there.
11:43AM on 11/18/2013
He was bad, he would butcher people in cold blood. Remember the soldiers? He was evil. He would let people die only to have them come back as zombies and experiment on them. Evil SOB and I hope they leave him that way, don't try to redeem him, the show needs a human villain as well as the zombies.
He was bad, he would butcher people in cold blood. Remember the soldiers? He was evil. He would let people die only to have them come back as zombies and experiment on them. Evil SOB and I hope they leave him that way, don't try to redeem him, the show needs a human villain as well as the zombies.
1:47PM on 11/18/2013
You're right, he did kill those soldiers. But a lot of what happened in season 3 would not have happened if Michonne had caused so much trouble. When she killed walker Penny I was truly pissed. It was none of her business to do that. And he used people who were dying for the experiments, not innocent people.
You're right, he did kill those soldiers. But a lot of what happened in season 3 would not have happened if Michonne had caused so much trouble. When she killed walker Penny I was truly pissed. It was none of her business to do that. And he used people who were dying for the experiments, not innocent people.
3:43PM on 11/18/2013
And keeping the heads in the jars???
And keeping the heads in the jars???
9:38AM on 11/18/2013
I loved this episode. It's was like "Damn it! You're making me care about The Governor!" But at the same time, this episode gave him more layers and depth instead of him being just moustache twirling villain. You actually felt bad for him, which is a very hard feet so congrats writers on that. Guess next episode we'll see it go bad, there has to be a reason he goes to the prison. If he loses the little girl Megan, that will be enough for him to go off the deep end for good.

On another note,
I loved this episode. It's was like "Damn it! You're making me care about The Governor!" But at the same time, this episode gave him more layers and depth instead of him being just moustache twirling villain. You actually felt bad for him, which is a very hard feet so congrats writers on that. Guess next episode we'll see it go bad, there has to be a reason he goes to the prison. If he loses the little girl Megan, that will be enough for him to go off the deep end for good.

On another note, We still have no idea how Daryl is going to react to Carol being gone!
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8:13AM on 11/18/2013
Not the best episode of the year, but definitely up there. While I'm no where close to you on team Governor, the writers really brought their A game on this by throwing a totally different spin of events. Has the Governor changed for the better, in my opinion he definitely hasn't. You don't do the things he's done and come back from that. In some sort of psychotic way, he's taken this family as his own and still harbors ill feelings for Rick and Michonne, I'm excited to see what happens next
Not the best episode of the year, but definitely up there. While I'm no where close to you on team Governor, the writers really brought their A game on this by throwing a totally different spin of events. Has the Governor changed for the better, in my opinion he definitely hasn't. You don't do the things he's done and come back from that. In some sort of psychotic way, he's taken this family as his own and still harbors ill feelings for Rick and Michonne, I'm excited to see what happens next week, but nervous on who may die next.
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6:41AM on 11/18/2013
While not the most boring, and was most certainly good to see the gov again, I cannot agree that this was the best episode this season. Good but I do not agree with 10/10. sorry
While not the most boring, and was most certainly good to see the gov again, I cannot agree that this was the best episode this season. Good but I do not agree with 10/10. sorry
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10:09AM on 11/18/2013
I guess it's a good thing he gave it a 9/10 then...
I guess it's a good thing he gave it a 9/10 then...
12:30PM on 11/18/2013
indeed I stand corrected, but regardless, still do not think that this was the best episode of the year. I feel that the show for whatever reason wants to water down the governor. Just my opinion though.
indeed I stand corrected, but regardless, still do not think that this was the best episode of the year. I feel that the show for whatever reason wants to water down the governor. Just my opinion though.
4:31PM on 11/18/2013
I wholeheartedly agree with you on the watering down part. I don't mind the way they did it, but it's clear that they were too scared to make him the way he was intended to be. It's a shame really.
I wholeheartedly agree with you on the watering down part. I don't mind the way they did it, but it's clear that they were too scared to make him the way he was intended to be. It's a shame really.
4:51PM on 11/18/2013
we can all get along.
we can all get along.
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1:16AM on 11/18/2013
Probably the most boring episode of the whole series so far (except for the very end).
Probably the most boring episode of the whole series so far (except for the very end).
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10:10AM on 11/18/2013
No reasoning? I'd like to hear your argument.
No reasoning? I'd like to hear your argument.
12:28PM on 11/18/2013
Some people just hate the show unless it's nonstop zombie killing.
Some people just hate the show unless it's nonstop zombie killing.
7:31PM on 11/18/2013
Well for a show called "The Walking Dead", I should hope there'd be some zombie killing. All the characters did for most of this episode was mope around in the dark barely speaking to each other. Snoozefest. Apart from the very end, this episode had no tension, nothing visually interesting to look at, and a dumbed-down story that would make MMORPG writers blush. When they ask the Governor to "go fetch the backgammon game" and "go fetch an oxygen tank", they might as well have been asking him
Well for a show called "The Walking Dead", I should hope there'd be some zombie killing. All the characters did for most of this episode was mope around in the dark barely speaking to each other. Snoozefest. Apart from the very end, this episode had no tension, nothing visually interesting to look at, and a dumbed-down story that would make MMORPG writers blush. When they ask the Governor to "go fetch the backgammon game" and "go fetch an oxygen tank", they might as well have been asking him to collect 10 snake skins and turn them into the wizard.
12:57AM on 11/18/2013
The new Governor is a welcome surprise, ballsy as hell considering his comic book roots, but I like it. I'd like to see his sitting outside the prison scene be because he's got those girls in tow and needs them safe, but I have a bad feeling Martinez and his crew will be the death of the Governor's salvation as well as his good side.
The new Governor is a welcome surprise, ballsy as hell considering his comic book roots, but I like it. I'd like to see his sitting outside the prison scene be because he's got those girls in tow and needs them safe, but I have a bad feeling Martinez and his crew will be the death of the Governor's salvation as well as his good side.
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12:54AM on 11/18/2013
I love how this show keeps surprising me. Seeing the Governor in a whole new light was something I didn't see coming. I kept waiting for him to hold up that family at gunpoint or just shoot them all, but when he didn't it got very facinating to see him interact and even make runs for them. And i'm glad they showed us what happened to Woodbury after last season. It seemed odd that the whole town was intact and just sitting there down the road from the prison. I'm sure he'll turn evil at
I love how this show keeps surprising me. Seeing the Governor in a whole new light was something I didn't see coming. I kept waiting for him to hold up that family at gunpoint or just shoot them all, but when he didn't it got very facinating to see him interact and even make runs for them. And i'm glad they showed us what happened to Woodbury after last season. It seemed odd that the whole town was intact and just sitting there down the road from the prison. I'm sure he'll turn evil at some point this season, but it'll probably be tragic when he does. This season has been off the charts amazing so far, and we're not even at the mid season finale yet!
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