Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 7 Review ‘Dead Weight’

Herner Klenthur

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;


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      1. Boyd Dunson November 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        The least the Gov could’ve done was bust ol’ Pete in the head so’s he wouldn’t ‘turn’.

      2. Jordan Allen November 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        Thats 2 shows now with all the shine on the gov…I’m thinking they are gonna make a prequil series about Woodbury

      3. Ray King November 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        i hate the All Governor Episodes

      4. Jordan Allen November 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        Lol he got a tank and he taking the prison next week

      5. Chad Shields November 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        Amazing episode; finally some life breathed into this stagnant season, with the healthy return of the mean and murderous Governor.

      6. Shawn Payer November 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        It appears they are mixing the Walking Dead with The Road to Woodbury novel Robert Kirkman did too….I don’t think he deserves the full spotlight, he’s a monster, he killed Milton to kill his girlfriend Andrea and half of Woodbury….he’s nuts……Look how quick he turned on that guy hitting him and killing him with his golf club then feeding him to the zombies!!!! WTF!!!!! I would rather then go back to the jail for some of it……F**k the Governor he should be dead…

      7. Ginger Chejin-Catino November 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

        They Are mixing it with rise of the governor road to Woodbury and probably the fall of the governor …..

      8. Diane Langdon Swirka November 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        I enjoyed it very much. Somethin’ different.

      9. Martin Brock November 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        The best one so far of a stinker season! Gulf club to the head bad ass!

      10. Dana Hill November 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        This season has been dull. I think they are wrapping the series up soon. I’m sure they’ll have a spin off. It’s a huge cash cow for AMC.

        • Patrick Lubben
          Patrick Lubben November 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

          season 5 is announced and the spin off has a 2015 release

        • Ed November 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm

          I’ll never understand why people say this? Why do you think that? Do any search on TV show ratings by Network and you will see that this show is still the top rated show on TV? It would be unheard of for a show with ratings as high as the Walking Dead’s to “wrap it up”.

          I have not found the season dull at all. The episode featuring Hershel was intense and I loved the episode with how Rick gave Carol her walking papers. And the governor episodes seem to be ones that people either love or hate. I happen to love them because I think the governor is an awesome villain! Playing out his arc, and giving him some episode to focus on the little humanity in him that he has left made for some great build up to when he again snaps and reverts back to being the ultimate villain that he is.

          I equate the last two governor episodes to that of a great song that starts off with energy, then for contrast, slows in the middle and builds until all hell breaks loose at the end.

          The fact the governor now has a replacement family to protect, I think now makes him even more dangerous than ever before. To me, some of the non-walker, character centered episodes are the best ones.

        • Jerry November 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm

          @Ed, the ratings are still good but so far this season the show has lost over 4 million viewers.
          That is going to really add up soon. Look at the photo in the promo above, that blood on his face is called blowback. So we know he is going to shoot someone. I am just about done with this show now. It is way to slow. Just watch Sunday, the Spanish flu bug will be gone.

      11. Marie Phelps November 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        it is almost the last episode i would love to see the people that the show is actually about i miss daryl

      12. Duane Cunningham November 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        the governor is back in full force.

      13. Stephen Ohlarik November 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        I like the governor in both the comic and the show Good episode

      14. Denise Ray November 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        Can’t wait for next week and the mid season finale with “Brian” appearing to take a shot at Michonne. I agree these last two episodes were best of the season so far.

      15. Rebecca R Saville November 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

        heeeeeeeeeeeeeee’s back!

      16. Michael Thomas November 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

        Best show of the season so far! I Can’t wait for the mid season finale next week the preview looks awesome!

      17. Gib Lopez November 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        It’s turning into Lost.. I thought I was watching a “tailies” episode.

      18. Mrs. Cleaver November 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        Gotta be Hershel, they need Michonne. Not too many “able bodies” left in Rick’s group. Besides if Michonne dies she can’t have Daryl’s baby, the child that will singlehandedly end the ZA.

      19. Zach Wiese November 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        The producers really had me thinking the governor made a change for the better. I thought maybe carol would come upon him in the new camp he’s in now. Still loving the show for how it always keeps us guessing.

      20. Sean Carney November 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        Sucked!!!! they used the Gov wrong last season and he was a lame duck at best, now we have to lose two shows to see how he is amassing another strike force against Rick and the prison, for the mid season break. LAME and to predictable, i all ready want the last 2 hours of my life back from watching, i don’t want to make it 3!!

        • Mike Whitehurst
          Mike Whitehurst November 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm

          If you dont like it then stop watching.

      21. Tommy Sime November 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        I hated the Governor last season, now he’s like my favorite character

      22. Steve Rocklein November 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        I knew it would only be a matter of time before the governor was full blown evil again.

      23. Bob Womack November 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        Too much governor….

      24. Bubba Ra November 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

        I love the Governor. He is bringing a lot of crazy mix up to the show and it’s awesome!

      25. Paul Parsons November 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        Great twist on the story and a character with character! Kill off Rick and replace him with The Governor as the leader!

      26. Mari November 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        seriously, im over the governor , and i liked how they incorporated the virus in the prison good spin. episode 6-7 were a bit boring at times. lets go back to the prisons, I want to know what happened to glen and the others with the virus. Should be a good episode on Sunday, it will be face to face throw-down. Team Rick

      27. random November 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

        the next episode is probaly going to be retarded, like i dont know where they get this tank from but thats just writing the show off for me, i dont think ill be watching the second half of the season

      28. Sean O'Donnell November 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        Jump the shark!

      29. Jess Lopez November 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        not surprised had small thought that maybe he might have changed some but wasn’t going to be 100% with that givin his past and I stand corrected once a bad character always a bad character and im not surprised his going against the prison yet again NO SURPRISE his nothing but drama I hope they take his ass out this season

      30. Jason Sears November 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

        Not seen it yet so fcuk off

      31. teamricktwd November 25, 2013 at 11:04 pm

        Omg these writers always have me on my toes and with mouth dropping every week. .. hope the governor gets his ass kicked he needs it that psycho he better not kill michonne or herchel even though I know nobody is safe but I do hope the lesbos go the show didn’t need that sry

        • Jerry November 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

          Even in this world the PC Police are in charge. Sad, very sad.

      32. Mark A Allsworth November 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm

        Same old gov!

      33. Clark Ryan Martin November 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        Was hoping the governor turned over a new leaf…guess some people never change

      34. Christine Schroeder November 26, 2013 at 12:02 am

        That’s about the exact part I turned it off…10 minutes in

      35. Kenna Peterson November 26, 2013 at 4:48 am

        It was only a matter of time.

      36. Lionel Turner November 26, 2013 at 5:10 am

        Loved it.