The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 6 Review

Richard L. Haas III

Last week’s episode was a bit controversial in some aspects. One thing that was for certain about it was that it was extremely character-based. That was something I had an issue with because five episodes in, there seemed to be little plot development. Each season had a clear goal and thus far this season seemed to be lacking that, aside from the loose potential of an arc with the virus— but with the arrival of The Governor, things might change. His reappearance marks what could be the point of the season; it’s just a shame that it’s introduced four episodes before the mid-season finale. But of course, this is just an opinion. Things will get clearer as the season progresses.

The Governor’s return was a calm sort of epicness. It picks up where he left off and we begin to see his gradual decent into a transcendental Captain Phillips with an eye patch. After being abandoned by what was left of his followers he burns most of Woodbury and wandered to an apartment where he connects with the inhabitants.

Now the funny thing about this episode in particular is that it is not in any way a seasonal plot progressive episode, it’s actually character-based, just like the last one; however it was probably the best episode this season simply because they really built up a mystery with what happen to The Governor.

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His connection with the little girl in the asking him about his eye patch was adorable especially with the pinkie promise as well as the irony of her saying “cross my heart and hope to die,” and half expecting him to smile and say “stick a needle in my eye.” But more importantly the interactions with the inhabitants marked a possible return of humanity for him as a character. He is thrust into a situation where he becomes the role he once had— not as a governor but as a different leader, as almost a father and as a husband. By taking care of the old man, the little girl, and even making love to one of the women of the house he really began to embody that role once again.

Throughout the previous season The Governor was perceived as the essence of pure evil and this episode proved contrary to that. Which was very intriguing especially when you think about his return to Rick and the prison sometime down the line because there will be a lot more emotion behind both sides. Perhaps we can even fully sympathize with the man as well.

While I personally am looking forward to the plot development, I am very much content with this episode. It provided a great inside look at The Governor while still proving that he is badass— killing walkers left and right with his bare hands. That being said, this appears to be, by far, the best episode of this season. Maybe it’s a bit hypocritical, given that there wasn’t much plot development in, but it’s The Governor so it makes up for it.

What do you guys think? Is this season focusing too much on character or have they found a perfect balance? It has the potential to be awesome or terrible, I just hope they are headed in the right direction.


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      1. Sheldon Sturges November 18, 2013 at 3:30 am

        Well, life ain’t a video game. I admire that TWD takes time for character development. If it’s too slow-moving for some, so be it. It was a great episode.

      2. Jeanette Lucero November 18, 2013 at 3:30 am

        Will be watching it with my granddaughter, later tonight.

      3. Mike Gomez November 18, 2013 at 3:45 am

        Fantastic episode tonight. Sad that there’s only two episodes left until the break.

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca November 19, 2013 at 1:47 am

          I agree I loved tonights episode! Nice to see the Governor become the anti-hero! – Herner

      4. Trey Padgett November 18, 2013 at 3:46 am

        I got better things to watch instead of this over hyped soap opera.

        • Deadpoolio November 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

          So you have better things to do, yet your pathetic enough that you felt the need to jump on the internet to cry about it LOL, that totally makes sense……

          Perhaps you and the other mental midgets should just stop watching the damn show…..It’s not a zombie show, it’s not a horror show, it wasn’t a damn horror comic…..It’s a show/comic about how people deal with each other during the end of the world…How many times does Kirkman actually have to say that before you geniuses actually grasp that?

        • Gilles Hussard Veber November 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

          Trey is a troll or an idiot. Apart from this, awesome episode and the guv will spice up this slow season

      5. Mike Gomez November 18, 2013 at 3:54 am

        But apparently you don’t have better things to do than to come on here just to bash a show you’re too ignorant to appreciate Trey. Congratulations.

      6. Bruce Bleeve November 18, 2013 at 4:26 am

        I am an undying TWD fan and i get super in depth character development, slow transitions, story build up, plot twists and love both the show and the graphic novels but that was one of the most boring episodes ive ever watched in my entire life. The show is beginning to drag and desperately needs to pick up again or hang it up. Cuz im losin interest in it. I dont have adhd but its so sluggish i feel like i do have adhd now. Would watchin paint dry be more entertaining?

        • Andrew Erskine Wheeler
          Andrew Erskine Wheeler November 18, 2013 at 6:46 am

          No. You have no imagination and the attention span of a goldfish. Don’t worry if this reply angers you. In five minutes you will have forgotten everything. Hey! Over there! It’s something shiny!

        • Bruce Bleeve
          Bruce Bleeve November 18, 2013 at 6:53 am

          Yea cuz you know me right? Your a douche for the lack of input and just the immediate attack. But so much imagination and intelligence for someone that doesnt even know who they are criticizing. I forgot to give a fuck to you moron.

      7. G Scott Hughes November 18, 2013 at 4:44 am

        it’s just a soap opera w/ zombies now.

        • Deadpoolio November 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

          PSSSSSSTTTTTTT…..It’s always been a soap opera with zombies genius…The comic is a soap opera with zombies, the creator has only said that SEVERAL HUNDRED TIMES….It’s not a horror show, its not a zombie show it’s, a show about the end of society and how those who are left interact with each other. Again it’s only been said several hundred times by Kirkman, most of the people involved in the comic and most of the people involved with the show….

      8. Sonny Fernandez November 18, 2013 at 6:39 am

        This is my favorite season of the show so far. It’s brilliant even. I can’t believe people are coming so down on the show so far, I think it’s really found one hell of a groove.

      9. Sam November 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

        Best episode this season! And its not a soap opera just cause there isn’t action all the frickin time, I for one love how they did this episode.

      10. Shaun November 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

        I have been into this show since its inception. I am an unashamed walking dead advocate. With that being said this episode was a huge miss.Who cares if a maniacal villan finds redemption? I was thoroughly disappointed in how much they (The Writers) feel like we give 2 shits about the governor.He is not the hero, he is not the anti-hero he is the villan. A well thought out sequence since they were gonna shove him down our throats anyways would have been to show what happened in the past the days before,during and after the outbreak.How his wife died, How his daughter turned,how he came to restrain her and then a quick view of the rise and fall of woodbury, then shoot to him at the end of the episode glaring at the prison like mr burns ready to release the hounds. This episode was long winded, pretencious, dry, boring and lacked any sort of substance or redeeming qualities. Point blank they were running short on material of the prison survivors(the people we actually give a shit about) or they are just spreading it thin to stretch like to little butter over to much toast.I am going to be sceptacle now about the direction of the show and whether or not to tune in. I was amazed in the lack of thought it actually took to put this much thought into a character who is beyond redemption in any sort of way.The only way this character could attain any sort and I mean any sort of redemption from a story point would be a death to save the prison survivors however…..if that is the direction then they just wasted an entire episode and an hour of my time which I find infuriating.Did marilyn manson write it? cause thats about as much sense as it made from a story standpoint.For the first time ever I boo the walking dead boo!!!!!!!!
        Sincerely yours,
        Shaun Polk a.k.a. lunch box

        • The Y November 19, 2013 at 7:09 am

          Lol, I love how you guys always give a speech about how huge of a fan you are before nitpicking and whining about how much you think the show sucks now. The narrative can’t stay the same forever, it must evolve. If you don’t like its current direction, it shouldn’t be difficult to quit watching. Take a break and check back in Season 5.

      11. Heidi November 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        Boring worst episode so far this season ! Talk about a soap opera who cares about the Governor’s softer side? They are heading right down the crapper along with the 3rd season which was absolutely horrible. A total disappointment after last weeks episode.

      12. Scott Rossow November 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

        It was an interesting episode. The new characters/Bob are from the novels rise of the governor and road to Woodbury. The time line is way off, but that’s nothing new. He also took the name Brian (spoiler) his real name from the novels.

      13. Richard L. Haas III November 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        Reading all your comments I find it interesting how much George A. Romero’s own comments on the Walking Dead have resonated within most of you, bringing up his “soap opera” critique. So that leads me to wonder if he never said that, would we be so harsh on criticizing this season? I have to admit after he said that I really began to start analyzing the show a bit deeper, and it was only then when I saw lack of plot. Regardless of whether it is or isn’t, it certainly is revealing towards Romero’s power in the zombie department because whether we hate the comments or agree, we’re still talking about them… and now considering them.

      14. chuck November 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        Thought it was GREAT! People have many layers and this was a perfect example of that. Those who always know this show, I don’t know why you bother watching. Loved it!

      15. Herner Klenthur November 19, 2013 at 1:52 am

        This is by far one of my favorite episodes from ANY of the seasons. Love what they are doing with The Governor!

      16. Billy Rock November 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

        With your mindless zombie-like responses, it’s no wonder you people like this show so much.

        I get what they are trying to do, and what they are trying to do is what they should be trying to do, but they are failing miserably at doing it even remotely well. That episode was pure garbage.

        I yearn for season 1…when this show actually had something going for it.

      17. Edward Darkrose Martell November 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        daryl lml!!