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TV Review: The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 8, December 1, 2013)

12.02.2013by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 8: Too Far Gone

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: There was no denying that tonightís mid-season finale was going to be big, and it was. Now before we dig in Iíd like to point out that tonightís series of events echoed the comics in a way that should please the masses (I was happy with it). My only wonder is, was this the way season four was always intended to run, or did they draw from the comics in an attempt to mend the anger fueled by the Governorís overall presence and final battle in last seasonís finale? Either way, I liked the Governorís solo episodes and feel he went out in style tonight, but Iíll get to that. The total devastation of the prison was a bold move, as was spreading out all the survivors much like they did at the end of season two. Letís just hope there was a backup plan, and we donít spend the rest of this season (and possibly next) finding/searching for everyone like they did with Sophia.

I have to hand it to the Governor, dude can give a speech, but seriously brah, no shots fired? No deaths? Please! He knows damn well Rickís not just going to roll over and let them take the prison. That said, I loved his talk with Hershel and Michonne, he was calm, collected and specifically told her there were no grudges between them. It was never going to fly, but it was nice to see him put it on the table. It was also nice to see him laugh with Meghan before he left. It was a happy moment, something his character thought heíd never get again, something he needed to justify his actions. Sure, the Governorís speech was half bullshit, but a part of him believed and/or wanted to be a good man, wanted to do right by these people. It was all a pipedream, but for a moment I was rooting for him. And then he cut off Hershelís head. I had a feeling Hershel wouldnít survive the season (he dies early on in the comics), and last week when I saw he and Michonne were being taken prisoner, well, I had a bad feeling. Scott Wilson is a phenomenal actor and blew the role of Hershel Greene out of the park as far as Iím concerned. His presence will be missed.

As far as the deaths go tonight, the one I was particularly disturbed by (aside from Hershel), was Meghan. I mean, what the f*ck was Lilly thinking, leaving her unattended like they were on a damn picnic!? First, donít sit there watching to see how far the damn walker can get across the water, get Meghan and get ready for it, but moreover, she shouldnít have been so far away playing like itís a day at the beach. That scene infuriated me. And then bringing her to the battlefield and presenting her like that, I donít know, it felt off to me, and I sure as hell didnít expect to see Lilly pulling the damn trigger and delivering the killing stroke. I enjoyed the tussle between Rick and the Gov, but damn Rick, you got your ass beat to shit. Seeing Michonneís sword explode through the Governorís chest was a welcome sight. She needed that kill, and Iím glad it was hersóeven though I thought she should have taken his head. I was also not too happy about the bloody car seat, but Iím assuming the bloodís not the babyís and the kids got to safety. Seeing Rick and Carlís reaction was still gut-wrenching.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's eighth episode (mid-season finale) was like a dark and sinister cloud thatís been growing for three weeks now. The Governorís return, no matter how much he wanted to change, was never going to bode well. For anyone. The Carol talk between Rick and Daryl went much better than I expected (the dissected rat scene that followed was messed up), and now that the group is scattered and running in all directions, I have a funny feeling weíll be seeing Carol pop up again soon enough. It would also be nice to see who in hell wiped out that camp of people and took those supplies, but again, weíre likely to see that plot point pop up again real soon too (we need a new villain/threat now that the Governorís toast). Of all the mini groups, Iíd hate to land in sketchy Bobís. Dudeís clearly messed up and we donít know just how messed up yet, but hell, weíve got kids with guns, scattered people from Woodbury and the Governorís new group, itís a real shit show, so things are definitely going to be interesting come February. See ya then peeps, and have a safe and happy holiday.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: There were a lot of kills, but I was particularly fond of Darylís walker/bullet proof vest. Way to improvise, brother.

BLOOD AND GORE: All hell breaks loose tonight. Thereís walkers galore, dismemberment, explosions via tank, guns, bites and a beheading. Shit goes down hard.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: The Governor. Him actually turning over a new leaf has been the subject of much debate, but between his speeches and the way he cared for Meghan and Lilly, you almost want to believe it was possible. And then Rick makes it possible. Rick offers to take them all in, and let bygones be bygones. No, it wouldnít have been an easy transition, and maybe it would have ended up getting him killed in the long run, but if he truly cared for those people and truly wanted things to happen peacefully, he could have got that. Instead, he chose bloodshed, showing us there was never any hope for him.

COOLEST SCENE: I loved Rickís speech about being able to come back. In that moment before everything changes, Rick makes the right choice. Hershel sees it, the Governor resents him for it, but itís perfect moment for Rick. Too bad it was short lived.



Extra Tidbit: Did this showdown make up for last seasonís finale, or are you all still on the fence?



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