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.
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.