The Walking Dead Season 4 Recap – Episode 7: Dead Weight

The Governor (David Morrissey) gets a new zombie tank in AMC's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 7, entitled 'Dead Weight'

Dead Weight

Well, we scored another episode of ‘Look at me, I’m the Governator.’ This one though was infinitely better than last weeks backstory episode.

Firstly we find Marintez (Jose Pablo Cantillo) stupid enough to help Governor-whoops-my-name-is-Brian (David Morrissey) out of a hole. Governor Brian’s new family fit in really well with Martinez’s new family which seems to consist of mostly military main cast and generic women as back up cast.

The Governor (David Morrissey) gets helped out of a hole in AMC's The Walking Dead Deason 4, Episode 7, entitled 'Dead Weight'

Trust me – I have a child down here with me…

Right from the start, with the flashbacks spliced in with the Governor’s amalgamation into Martinez’s group, there was the encroaching feel of impending doom – which is what AMC does the best with The Walking Dead. Aside from hilarious one-eye jokes at the Governor’s expense, this episode actually creeped the hell out of me.

Accusations fly in AMC's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 7, entitled 'Dead Weight'

Are these messages for the Governor – or is there someone else out there just as sinister?

Let’s take, for example, the fucked up house of headless people. I’m not sure if this will somehow tie back to the Governor or not, but a whole heap of headless people show up. Each with a different name tag: Liar, Rapist and Murderer (although this last one appears to have taken his own life rather than coping a beheading). Headless people, name tags that sound like they have come straight of of Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) mouth and directed at the Gov.’s – could this be what she’s been up to while on vacation from the prison? And, of course, we find the ankle biters inside the house – along with a mother and child biter.

The Governor (David Morrissey) pays back Martinez (Jose Pablo Cantillo) for rescuing him by feeding him to the zombies in AMC's The Walking dead Season 4, Episode 7, entitled 'Dead Weight'

Pit-o-Zombies – welcome to Apocalypse Park where all the amusements are deadly!

Thanks to this place though and the vast amount of alcohol it provides, the Gov. get’s his chance to get back at Martinez. Yeah, you’d think he would have learned after watching the Gov. gun down everyone at the end of Season 3, but oh no, he is actually surprised when the Governator feeds him to the pit-o-zombies. This, unfortunately, means we will never see the seed of a bromance between Martinez and Daryl (Norman Reedus) bloom into something awesome. 😦

So this episode is all about how far you would go to protect your family and in the matter of a couple of days Brian is the Governor of this new camp, thanks to taking out Martinez and his second in charge; who he kills, weights down and chucks in a pond – can anyone say new fish tank trophy room? He does, however keep the third in charge around since he appears to be just as ruthless as the Gov. himself.

Now did anyone start to wonder about how many camps of humans are springing up in the forest? Yeah, me too. Suddenly there seems to be people EVERYWHERE. And considering the fact that one of those camps get taken out by another camp (although I did think for a moment that maybe the Governor may have ‘wandered’ off for a leak and taken them out), at least one other group are just as bad as Governor Brian.

The Governor (David Morrissey) encounters a puddle-o-zombies in AMC's The Walking dead Season 4, Episode 7, entitled 'Dead Weight'For once the Governor tries to do the right thing and flee rather than staying but a puddle-o-zombies prevent the Governor from passing by on the road. Although, seriously, he so could have driven around that mob! Maybe it was just an excuse for his mental mind to go back and reign supreme in Martinez’s group? But then there is a close up of the zombies, and some appear to have the same flu infected eyes are the prison camp’s zombies. Is that an indication that the Governor’s new group is also likely to get infected?

Meagan (Meyrick Murphy) gets attacked in AMC's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 7, entitled 'Dead Weight'Now add into the mix a walker attack on his dear little Meagan (Meyrick Murphy) and we start to see the Governor’s paranoid crazy popping out. So we all know what that means – let’s go pick on the prison again!

Right at the very end of this episode we see Governor Brian eyeing off Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) as they avoid the hell out of telling Daryl about what Rick did to Carol (Melissa McBride). Somehow the Gov. also finds Michonne and Hershel (Scott Wilson) while they are out on their day trip. The episode ends with Governor Brian raising his gun to Michonne.

The Governor (David Morrissey) gets pissy at Michonne (Danai Gurira) for stealing his sunshine in AMC's The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 7, entitled 'Dead Weight'

The Governor gets pissy at Michonne for scoring more facial expressions than him in Season 4 of The Walking dead

Will he shoot her? Well, we’ll have to tune in next week to find out!

How much of a cliff hanger do you think the mid-season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead will be? Who do you think will die? Will we EVER get to see Carol again? Or Daryl punch out Rick’s lights? Let me know in the comments below.

You can read my Episode 8 (Mid Season finale) recap here.

(Photo Credits: AMC)

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4 Responses to The Walking Dead Season 4 Recap – Episode 7: Dead Weight

  1. Pingback: The Walking Dead Season 4 Recap – Episode 6: Live Bait | Rachel Tsoumbakos

  2. Gypsy Madden says:

    Yeah, looks like he’s going to attempt an attack on the prison again. I really think someone ought to tell him they’re infected with the deadly flu ’cause it would definitely make people think twice about trying to invade the place. I’m really wondering if this is eventually working up to the mother of the little girl getting killed off and then having the Governor meet up with Carol. I don’t remember her meeting the Governor face to face before so she wouldn’t know who he is and he’d be a single man raising a young girl with blonde hair (more than a little like Sophia). ..and then eventually pitting her against the group at the prison with a second chance at saving her Sophia with the knowledge that she has killed people before (I still think her killing those people a couple of episodes was severely out of character especially when you consider she wouldn’t have had the upper body strength to drag a human man).

  3. Pingback: The Walking Dead Season 4 Recap – Episode 8: Too Far Gone | Rachel Tsoumbakos

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