The Walking Dead: Dead Weight

Posted on November 25, 2013

TWD+S4E7+5David Morissey in AMC’s The Walking Dead


Okay, maybe we should just skip this entire review and turn it over to the comments section. Why? Because we’re so annoyed that there’s just no way we can string together any sort of critique or recap. We are not the people who should be discussing The Governor’s long journey in a circle, right back to where he started. We can’t stand the character anymore and by roughly the half point of last night’s episode, we were just plain angry that we were going to have to sit through a second hour of him brooding and then randomly getting violent with people.

Seriously, are we that out of synch with the show’s fandom? Is anyone not associated with this show really all that fascinated by him? He was a colorful and memorable character in the books, but the TV show chose not to go the same route, making him annoyingly repetitive and ultimately, kind of boring. By the time he became a cartoon villain at last season’s finale, he was pretty much irreparably damaged. Obviously, a return was imminent, but we kinda hoped it would be along the lines of going out in a blaze of glory so we can get on with the rest of the story, instead of a mopy two hours that really told us nothing we didn’t already know.

As an aside, when The Gov was off on that run with Martinez and his two associates (Fringe’s Kirk Acevedo and The Dollhouse‘s Enver Gjokaj, both of whom were welcome sights), we immediately thought, “Okay, the men in this group are entirely too hot. They’re all gonna be dead before the hour’s over.” The Governor really isn’t hard to figure out. Everything is a dick-measuring contest with him. R.I.P. Martinez. We wish you’d taken your shirt off one more time before you left us.

What exactly did these two hours accomplish? You could have had the Governor go directly from massacring his own people last season to the front gate of the prison and the story wouldn’t have remotely suffered for it. Oh, wait. He wants to protect his  new”family.” That makes him so interesting! There’s no one in this world or situation like that. Tell us more, writers. It’s all so fresh and exciting.

And next week? The Governor leads an assault on the prison! What a shocking and original turn of events.

Feh. This season had a lot of promise when it started, but as far as we can tell, we’re right back to where we were at the end of last season. Sometimes – a lot of the time, in fact – we don’t think this show deserves nearly the amount of acclaim and success it’s achieved.

Like we said, we’re cranky about this one. Talk amongst yourselves.

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