Richard had the night off so this episodes review is a bit late and I apologize. Good news is that Richard is back next week and it will be business as usual on our nightly coverage of The Walking Dead Season 4.
For me Walking Dead Season 4 started off a bit lack luster dumping us right back into the prison but the writers were able to quickly spruce things up by introducing a new virus and continuing the evolution of the characters. In a very short window we have watched Rick and his son Carls relationship evolve as they together fight off a striking zombie attack, Carol has been cast out and a littany of people have died or been murdered as they continue to work towards their goal of survival.
The introduction of a new virus that quickly turns the survivors prison safe house into a living nightmare is just the icing on the cake of season 4 so far.
Since the events described above the show has really taken off in a new direction but whether its going in a good or bad direction seems to depend on who you ask. When I asked our readers what they thought of the new plot lines and the New Governor they were split right down the middle.
Some feel Season 4 is slow and tedious while others like myself think the writing has finally found its groove.
Up until now The Governor has been a complex character but a psychopathic one with the penchant for murder, torture and collecting the heads of his victims. So watching him transition from The Governor to ‘Brian’ a meek and kind father figure in Episode 6 was fascinating and engaging.
I never thought I would see The Governor as a sympathetic character much less a protector of women and children and his character arc in Season 4 is a testimony to the skills of the shows writers so far.
Episode 7 doesnt dissapoint as the Governor comes full circle!
In ‘Dead Weight’ The Governor is reunited with one of his subordinates from Woodbury but the roles are now reversed as it is quickly explained to Brian ( The Governor ) that he is no longer in charge. Now he is one of the peons and must pull his weight or be cast out.
Although this new society is more civilized than the one The Governor ran in Woodbury it is modeled after it and already has some of its same issues as the leaders of this new group of survivors try to figure out how to make the tough decisions.
The Governor transitions well into his subordinate role but as soon as his new-found life as pseudo father and husband is threatened just like in Woodbury he quickly unravels and out comes The Governor of old.
Within a very short window Brian has murdered 3 people, taken command and re-started his creepy collection of floating the heads of his victims in a fish tank. By the end of the episode Brian is dead and The Governor is back!
This may not be the best episode in the series so far but it definitely is one of the more complex and continues to push the series forward to the inevitable conflict between The Governor and Rich. How long until The Governor molds his new survivors into a fighting machine and convinces them mass murder is ‘for the greater good and retakes the prison? Not long it would seem!
The cliff hanger question at the end of the episode is who dies next? Herschel or Michonne?
What did you think of Episode 4 Season 7? Sounds off in the comments and checkout a promo for Episode 8 ‘To Far Gone’ below;