Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 6 “Live Bait” (B+)

This show has established a tendency of featuring highly focused episodes, ones that likely make for more gratifying watching during a season marathon than each week. Still, this episode is crucial because it completely transforms the perception of the Governor. This is a very solitary episode for the once-powerful tyrant in which he barely speaks, but where he develops a strong bond with this family that knows nothing about the real him. Teaching the young daughter how to play chess, during which she drew an eye patch onto one of the pieces to look like her new friend was perhaps the episode’s sweetest moment. After risking his life to get oxygen tanks for the ailing father, the Governor quickly revealed his darker side in the service of protecting his new surrogate family. The violence with which he made certain that the walkers were not a threat was appalling, and it was the only reminder we got that this is still the person who mowed down his own unarmed people when they tried to turn against him. Running into one of his own men was probably the best thing that could have happened, and I am curious to see how the Governor manages to get his friends to become welcomed citizens at the prison without revealing to them who he really is. We’re almost to the halfway point of the season, and I’m intrigued to see the show pick up its pace and bring its threads together, creating more problems than just the spread of disease at the prison.

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