The Walking Dead Season 4 Recap – Episode 6: Live Bait

The Governor (David Morrissey) returns in AMC's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 6, entitled 'Live Bait'

Being a huge fan of Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’, Governor Oreo decides to make his own music video clip…

Live Bait

Dear AMC,

Fuck you for dragging out the Caryl story line for yet another week.

Sincerely Yours,

The entire Walking Dead fan base.

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up for me and AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 6, entitled, Live Bait.

This week we got Governor Oreo’s (David Morrissey) back story, which was interesting up to a point. Once he lost his beard, I pretty much lost interest.

In a nutshell, we find out that the Gov. goes a little bat shit crazy after loosing Woodbury to Rick (Andrew Lincoln). So much so that his two remaining side kicks, Martinez (Jose Pablo Cantillo) and Bowman (Travis Love) up and leave in the middle of the night. Oh dear, does the poor Governor have to fend for himself? So basically he walks until he gets a limp and grows a beard. He also goes Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball crazy and burns the crap out of Woodbury.

Meet Meagan (Meyrick Murphy), AKA the new Penny, in AMC's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 6, entitled 'Live Bait'

“You’re my new daddy now…’ Creepy just got a whole lot creepier.

After a while he sees a girl high up in an apartment window. At first you think he is hallucinating about his daughter, Penny, but no, it turns out to be Meagan (Meyrick Murphy), who lives with her mum, Lily (Audrey Marie Anderson), her aunt, Tara (Alanna Masterson) and her dying grandfather, David (Danny Vinson). The mum and the aunt look an awful lot like Maggie (Lauren Cohan) so you know right from the go get that it’s going to end badly for them. Also, since they both look so similar, you spend the entire episode trying to work out which one is which.

Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Lily (Audrey Marie Anderson) star in AMC's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 6, entitled 'Live Bait'

Maggie One and Maggie Two are smart enough to answer the door with a gun and a baseball bat, yet too stupid to work out a zombie must been shot in the head…

The Governor introduces himself as Brian. Maggie One apparently has police training and makes it tough for him to assimilate in the apartment block, although the Gov/Brian does a pretty good job of that himself to start with. Finally he fixes everything by teaching the two Maggie’s that walkers need to be shot in the head and then goes to a creepy nursing home to get oxygen for new Penny’s grandfather. Yay! Look at the happy family. But then the grandfather dies and the Gov has to crush his skull in take him down in front of new Penny and the two Maggie’s. It all gets a bit awkward after that.

Eventually though, they all decide to leave the apartment block together and find a better place to live. No surprise as to where they’re headed – not that Maggie One and Maggie Two know that yet.

So, of course their truck breaks down and one of the Maggie’s twists her ankle. This is the perfect time to cue a walker horde. Governor Oreo turns into the Governator and flees with the new Penny. Yeah, I’m pretty sure Lily and Tara are dead now – but at least one of them got to have sex with the Governor (not sure which one since they both looked so similar, guess it doesn’t really matter either).

The Gov. then falls down a hole while he is running with Meagan and you can guess which hole it is. Somehow a few walkers have also fallen in, so he has to despatch them as well in order to keep Penny/Megan safe.

Martinez (Jose Pablo Cantillo)  returns in AMC's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 6, entitled 'Live Bait'

It’s like shooting fish in a barrel…

Episode 6 ends with a familiar head popping up: Martinez hasn’t strayed very far it appears. And no, he’s not happy to see Governor Oreo either.

I guess I should probably now go on a bit about how AMC were trying to show us that it’s all just a matter of perspective as to who is the bad guy in The Walking Dead. I’ve touched on this before in some of my other recaps: if we’d watched TWD from the Governor’s perspective right from Season 1, we would view Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) crew as the baddies. Yes, there were fleeting moments when I found myself siding with the Governor and hoping he would survive (ie. when he was in the nursing home). But, you know what? All I really want is for Martinez to go all ‘let’s shoot fish in a barrel’ on the Gov. in next week’s episode!

Oh, and AMC, you’s better not fuck with me any longer -next week’s episode NEEDS to be about Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) NOT the stupid Governor!

You can read my Episode 7 recap here.

(Photo Credits: AMC)

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8 Responses to The Walking Dead Season 4 Recap – Episode 6: Live Bait

  1. Pingback: The Walking Dead Season 4 Recap – Episode 5: Internment | Rachel Tsoumbakos

  2. Although the preview for next week seems to be More Governor, More of the Time. I’m guessing that something happens to Polly Two, she goes all Zed Word on Brian, and he’s gotta put her down. That turns him completely nuts, so–lets attack Rick and the Prison! Which . . . no, no, I won’t say it.

  3. dhommel01 says:

    While you all do that I’m going to watch Talking Dead.Alright?

  4. Pingback: The Walking Dead Season 4 Recap – Episode 7: Dead Weight | Rachel Tsoumbakos

  5. Marc says:

    I watched 6 & 7 back to back and whilst I could see why AMC centered both episodes around The Guv, it really didn’t work for me. We all know what a psycho he is and that eventually he was going to wreak havoc.
    The main draw of this series for me has always been the pace and explaining a back story like this was a little condescending.
    Character building is essential, but not at the cost of maintaining the pace of the narrative.
    Let’s hope they get back on track with Rick and the gang and play more on their total lack of awareness that The Guv is in fact still at large and maybe Carol even shacks up with him.

    • mrszoomby says:

      That’s a fair point Marc. I really think they could have condensed the two episodes into one, but then, I guess they were trying to make the adience forget the Gov. is the baddie. I still believe that it’s a fine line any of them walk between hero and baddie on TWD. Perhaps if we’d been watching the Gov. From Season 1 we would think Rick is in fact the bad guy?

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