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.
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.