The Walking Dead Season 4, Mid Season Finale Review

Richard L. Haas III

Unfortunately I missed last week’s episode because I was filming the first shoot of my directorial debut, but I am all caught up now just in time for the mid-season finale. This is the episode the viewers, the characters, and the writers have been waiting for: the climax. Season three’s finale was extremely anti-climactic, so this mid-season finale had high expectations. And compared to the last finale we saw, it delivered and then some (keep in mind that this is only the mid-season finale; it will return in February).

The Governor has connected with the little girl so much that it seems that she has filled the void within him— he basically has his family again. So the reason for his destruction is a lot different. He has something to fight; he hasn’t lost everything… yet. When the underground walker bit the little girl, things were set in motion. He killed Hershel out of this new found love for his “family” and when he realizes that the girl is gone, he sucks it in, shoots her, bottles that rage and marches forward like a boss.

Spoiler: Hershel had to die no matter what. In the television show, he was meant to die in the second season but the writers felt they didn’t want to kill off too many main characters; and in the comics he gets shot. Speaking of the comics, Tyreese was actually in Hershel’s place instead, getting his head cut off, so in the show he narrowly escapes his prophesized death.

For a while the episode wasn’t picking up, but boy, when it picked up… it picked up. One great thing they did, and perhaps this speaks to the editors of the episode is the part where a walker inches to bite Daryl and all of a sudden we cut away to more action— not knowing if Daryl was bit or not. Throughout the period it took to show what exactly happened to him, I couldn’t help but think of those “If Daryl Dies, We Riot” posters and then we calm down as he, in an epic fashion might I say, stabs the walker and uses him as a body shield to throw a grenade.

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The onslaught of violence continues as The Governor’s triumphant return is finally put to an end with his death with none other than Michonne’s sword. Things end in a rather full circle kind of way, including the loss of something dear to Rick’s heart. This time… the baby. I’m so glad that they didn’t show this because, even for The Walking Dead’s standards, that would be a bit harsh to do anything more than hint the baby’s death. If anyone is caught up with Game of Thrones, I’d say this episode pretty much rivals The Red Wedding.

I personally had an issue with most of the season because I felt like there was an extreme lack of point or reason until we meet The Governor again. I know that the comics had this progression, but it seems like that most of the season was pointless, like he The Governor could have done this after the Woodbury incident. But I do understand character development and it appears that that played a heavy role into getting the characters to where they needed to be at this moment. I can’t say that the first half of the season was completely nonsensical because of the mere fact that I haven’t seen the second half. There should be more of a build up, especially since the biggest threat they have ever faced (The Governor) is now dead.

I wonder if the next half is going to show what happened to Carol. I’m sure that she’d like to know that the girls that she was grooming to become cold-blooded killers paid off in battle. Also, will the surviving people of The Governor’s new clan become apart of the group or is the group now fully split off? And how is Rick going to handle the death of his baby? It seems like this episode has brought us to a point where we can ask many questions without a definite answer, and that’s a good thing— a great thing, actually. It’s great because it suggests a deeper plot. We don’t need any more or the soap opera feel, it’s time to bring back the brilliance of meaningful plot. February brings more than just a new year and new episodes; it’ll bring a new hope to the series, and I hope that The Walking Dead will remain as awesome as it already is instead of fizzle out of pop culture. Being a big zombie fan, that’s that absolute last thing I’d want to happen.


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      1. Art Maya December 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm


      2. Kali Milcheva December 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        I still havent seen it. Cant wait to watch it tonight!

      3. Nick Jensen December 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

        Fantastic 4’s Reed Richards has a review for this? Amazing!

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca December 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

          he is pretty fantastic 😛

        • Ricky Haas December 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

          That’s what they say! :p

      4. John Thomas Kennedy December 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        It was freaking awesome but the gov. Shouldn’t of been killed off yet to bad Herschel had to die

        • Sharell Davis
          Sharell Davis December 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

          Why did they kill off Hershel? WHY?????!!!!!!

        • Patrick Lubben
          Patrick Lubben December 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm

          was to expect that one of the 3 Greene would die this season

      5. Terrence Lapotosky December 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        Best episode of the year

      6. Ken Gibbs December 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        He has that look of the governor a little

      7. Thomas Moseley December 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm

        Z.E.R.T. needs to come in at some point.

      8. Brian Thomas December 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        What the hell is a “mid-season finale”?

        • Richard L. Haas III December 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm

          A mid-season finale is the last episode before they break for a few months and then resume the season again (i.e. the end of the first half of a season). This has been growing more and more popular in the last few years because it gives them a way to produce more episodes in a single season. The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries are big fans of this formula and it seems to work well. Otherwise, a season would have like 6 to 8 episodes instead of 16 or 24.

      9. Mehran Abdollahi December 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        Fucking Shit . Awfull .

      10. Angie Brandenburg Langley December 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        it pissed me off that they killed Hershel…wasn’t happy at all…

      11. Jeanette Lucero December 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        @Brian Thomas, the mid-season finale is, the two month break that is taken during December and January. The Walking Dead will return in February.

        I was so upset when Hershel died. I’m in complete disbelief that, they killed him off. On the other side, I’m glad they killed the Governor, he was more of a monster than, the Walkers. I’m anxiously awaiting the return of, the Walking Dead. It is the one TV series that I haven’t missed a single episode.

      12. Derek Stewart December 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

        There were a couple heavy handed character moments that I instantly forgot once the action started. Ricks appeal to the Gov waa amazing. As was Hershel’s interaction with him. Great episode overall.

      13. Solice Walker December 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm

        Very upset that Hershel was killed.

      14. Michele Boyens Asquith December 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        Wheres the baby,i want HERSEL back!

      15. Todd Steven Barts December 2, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        It was sick..i loved it even tho Herschel had to go.

      16. Nicholas Gardner December 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

        Spoiler alert*****I learned that u can make people leave the secrurity of a jail just by breaking down a fence!!!!…hope clever people arent watching that have relatives etc in jail right now they will be getting ideas…lol..

      17. Short Horror Films December 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

        Great episode!