Yay, it's Saturday! Which means our UK brethren will have seen it by now, so we can openly discuss. But just in case, I'll go ahead and post a...
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I actually loved that they didn't give us the war they'd been teasing at the last half of the season. When you think about it, the way it went down was really the only way it COULD have gone down and still have Rick and his group survive. They were ridiculously outnumbered and outgunned; if they'd tried to take the Governor and his crew head-on, they would have all been dead within minutes. Instead Rick used the Governor's own tactics and lured him and his team into a pit of walkers. But that's just one of the things that makes this show so great; they set you up for one thing, then play directly against your expectations. It makes it difficult to guess what's going to happen next, and I like that.
I HATE that Andrea's gone. HATE, HATE, HATE it. The character's been the target of serious hatin' but what did she do that was so disgust-worthy? Andrea a civil rights lawyer, a humanist. Naturally she's going to do whatever she can to save as many lives as possible. Even after she learned the Governor's true nature, she still couldn't bring herself to kill him because humanists believe that every life is precious. It's kind of their thing. Why is having morals, scruples, ethics, hate-worthy? It makes no sense to me. And Laurie Holden should be commended for her performance this season. If she doesn't at least get an Emmy nomination, I'll be pissed.
And, FINALLY, I think I finally figured out why the Governor is the way he is. I think Phillip saw the zombie apocalypse as his chance to be the powerful leader he'd probably always only wished he could be in his earlier life. I don't think it's a matter of absolute power corrupting absolutely; I think it's the simple fact that there is no law, no cops, no repercussions. He was a husband and father burdened with responsibility, and as he said himself at one point, always taking shit from a boss younger and less intelligent than Phillip himself. And now he's free to re-invent himself as the strong, aggressive force he probably always wanted to be before, but was never able to be. That, I think, is the key to the Governor. It's not about survival, it's not about marking his territory. It's about wanting to be feared, a force to be reckoned with, wanting to be respected. And after the failed prison attack, when he pulls his people over, he realizes Rick and his group made him look like a punk, and that's why he gunned his people down. Not out of anger, not because they refused to go back and attack the prison again, but because like the bully who gets knocked out by the school nerd, he suddenly felt weak again -- like he was in his previous life. That's my take, anyway.
As for why Rick would bring the people back to the prison rather than stay in Woodsbury...would YOU stay in Woodsbury if you knew the psychopath who used to rule the joint is still out there, hungry for revenge? Would YOU stay in that place, knowing the man who wants to kill you knows every square inch of it, every weak point, every lapse in its defense? No. Going back to the prison was the smart thing to do.
However, it will blow up in his face. Why? Because as Greg Nicotero said a couple weeks ago on Talking Dead, the writers' approach is to have everything Rick does blow up in his face. He will always try to do the right thing, but the writers will find a way for it to backfire on him.
As for next season, I'm glad they kept The Governor around. It took me a long time to warm up to him but I finally did, now I can't wait to see what the sick bastard does next. He's definitely become one of those "love to hate him" characters, and after he killed Merle in such a a way as to guarantee Merle would become a walker, that's the kind of vicious son of a bitch you want as a series villain.
That's my two cents.
Last edited by LoudLon (2013-04-06 20:56:32)