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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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