By Jeannie Chan
Last week, we were (at least, I was) manipulated into thinking that the Governor had become a new man. The RT’ers spent all of the last episode nervously waiting for the Governor to crack and go off on another murderous rampage. But it didn’t happen. This week, we pick up right where we left off with Martinez staring at him down the barrel of a gun. By the end of the episode, we catch up to Team Prison’s timeline with the Governor standing outside. But first, let’s talk about all the crazy things that happened in between. Let’s get the ball rolling on this open thread!
Things I want to talk about:
1. Dat tank tho.
Fans of the comic books probably had a major squee moment when the camera panned out to reveal the tank, as it has great significance in the series. I actually haven’t been so good at keeping up with the comic books, but what kind of a nerd would I be if I at least didn’t do my research on this? Squee away in the comments below but please do try not to cast too many spoilers/predictions about where the show may go for those of us who don’t follow the comics.
2. RIP Brian Harriet
It’s hard not to compare the Governor to Rick, especially during this episode. The Governor is now attached to a family. He has people to protect. So obviously when he sees that leadership is lacking, he has to step in and take over. Because he has loved ones to think about. So obviously that means he has to club Martinez over the head when he’s drunk and throw him in the zombie pit… And chain the other guy to a rock underwater. That makes sense…
What makes actual sense is why he’s at the prison. He needs better shelter for his new family. But how is he going to get in there? Will he try to be peaceful? LOL. That’s absurd. Sorry. Especially considering how absolutely enraged he gets when he spots Michonne in the yard. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m not ready to talk about the ending yet.
So, let’s go back to the return of the Governor. We spent 43 minutes last week watching him try to reinvent himself. Redeem himself. This show likes to mess with us like that quite often. Set us up to like or hate a character for whatever reason and then flip it. Or rather, paint a complicated enough picture that there’s no easy way to side with a character. Was Rick justified in killing Shane? Was Carol right to kill Karen and David? Did the Governor really have to kill Martinez and Pete? Technically, they all did it for the people that they love. Why is it easier to forgive one and not the other(s)?
Hey, remember when Rick’s wife died and he had a mental breakdown and started talking to nobody on the phone and saw Lori’s ghost everywhere? Not that this is in any way the same, but I keep drawing parallels between Rick and the Governor and this is what I thought of when he told Lily that he couldn’t lose her again. It was clear from the moment that the Governor met Lily and Megan that they were going to be surrogates for his dead wife and daughter. I didn’t think we really needed to be clubbed in the head (too soon?) with a line like that. At the same time though, it got a pretty big reaction out of me. The same uh-oh and yeesh I made when I realized that Rick was hallucinating Lori everywhere. Only the Governor doesn’t really have a Hershel to help him put these ghosts to rest, does he? Major uh-oh.
4. The Ending
Okay. Okay. So. The Governor’s outside the prison. He’s thinking. It’s his turn. He has to make a move. (Can we stop with the chess metaphors now?) But how, right? And then he spots Michonne and he becomes so visibly enraged, it’s amazing. Kudos, David Morrissey. I don’t actually think he’s going to fire at Michonne right then and there. I think the Governor of yore would have loved to take his time to torture her before eventually, finally killing her. But, I don’t know! Because of course, the episode ends right at this moment! Asjkshfjfaewugd!~
5. That’s all I got.