Hosted by Jeannie Chan
I stumbled across this graphic once that described the typical progression of an episode of The Walking Dead:
And we’ve probably used this at various times during our stint of reviewing TWD for Racialicious but it warrants recycling! I was quasi-live recapping the mid-season finale for the recap and next to no action happened in the first 27 minutes and then all of a sudden, bodies drop and everything falls apart. Rob Errera, and Nicole Norkin join me for the mid-season finale. Continue reading below for our reactions.
Nicole: The governor is really luring me in with his charisma. Maybe he really cares about his own people and isn’t just power-hungry. Nah.
Jeannie: I really do want to believe him when he says they can do this without needing to kill anyone. I mean, sure you won’t need to kill. But you want to, don’t you, Governor? Yeah… you do.
Nicole: I didn’t expect his next meeting with Michonne to be so diplomatic. She must have vengeance.
Jeannie: I don’t know, Nicole. This sounds pretty vengeful:
Nicole: Omg! No! Megan! That was unbelievable. Worm zombie!
Rob: Was NOT expecting it to actually bite her. Holy crap! This is why you don’t let your kid dig during the zombie apocalypse!
Jeannie: I was actually expecting Lilly to have been able to reach Megan in time to save her. And then I imagined her hardening up and becoming a strong-willed, warrior type character because she can see that she can rely on herself to protect her own now, instead of being dependent on the Governor, but… I guess I’ll save this storyline for the fanfic I’m not writing.
Nicole: Nice pistol, Guv.
Rob: I guess the purpose of the Guv mounting an assault with this new group instead of combining this arc with the Woodbury arc was to show that Rick “came back” from the things he’d done and the Guv did not.
Jeannie: If that’s the case, then I think it would have been way more interesting if the Governor had shown to be equally conflicted about his decisions as Rick had been. Then, for one to be able to come back and the other not would be a far more interesting dynamic. So, what, you spend 2 episodes trying to convince us that the Governor does value life and/or isn’t a complete psychopath only to tell us that we were wrong to have had faith in him? The Governor was always the villain here. He was never going to be able to come back. He doesn’t want to.
Nicole: I have no words. I did not want Hershel to go that way, absolutely horrible. At least now they have permission to kill the governor, not that they needed any more reason.
Jeannie: Heeerrrrrssshellllll, noooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Rob: *sniff* Oh, Hersh… But at least he saw that he had finally gotten through to Rick. He had a smile on his face. Although I don’t understand why the Governor didn’t kill Michonne instead: she was more of a threat, he hated her, and he could have justified it to his people by pointing out the sword (as opposed to killing an unarmed old man who he admitted was a good person).
Jeannie: I think the simplest answer to this question would be that the writers hate us and want to stomp on our hearts. And also the Governor can’t kill Michonne because Michonne had to kill him. Duh.
Nicole: Yeah, kids!
Rob: Carol’s legacy lives. Though I’m expecting twisted things from those kids.
Jeannie: I wonder who actually pulled the trigger. Why didn’t we get to see the shot from their perspective? Who’s the creepier kid? People have been talking in the comments for other recaps that Lizzy is probably the creepy kid messing with the rats and that Carol is actually covering for her by assuming responsibility for the murders. I don’t know how much I believe the second part of that but I can see Lizzy poking around with rat innards.
Nicole: Yeah, Michonne!
Nicole: Yeah, Daryl!
Rob: I don’t buy that Daryl could use a walker to block bullets. Their bodies are constantly shown as being gooey and soft, so bullets should go right through.
Jeannie: Hm, good point there, Rob. But I’m willing to overlook this small snag because dude just singlehandedly took down a tank. Did anyone compare this to Legolas shooting down one of those massive elephants (the oliphaunt, if you really care to be accurate) during LotR: RotK? No? Just me?
Nicole: Yeah, Carl!
Jeannie: Carl to the rescue!
Nicole: Oh man, Rick is so defeated. Who just left the baby there? Are you serious? Devastating!
Rob: I was afraid they were going to do this with Judith, though they didn’t do it as graphically as I’d expected. It was actually more haunting to just see the blood on the baby carrier. But also: who left the baby unattended?? Weren’t the kids carrying her out to the bus?
Nicole: I am completely shaken by the loss of Hershel and Judith, but I am relieved that there will be a change of scenery. The prison was getting a bit stale and not just from all that left over flu virus everywhere.
Rob: Well, there’s still the small chance that someone (who had gotten blood on them) got Judith into the bus. Knowing the series, I’m not confident in that, though.
Jeannie: I’m really hoping that that’s the case! But that seems to be an awful lot of blood to smear on the car seat. But also, if Judith did die, how did it happen? Taken by a walker? Wouldn’t that have been… messier? Where’s her body?
Rob: This mid-season finale reminded me a lot of the season 2 finale, when the farm went down and the group got split up.
Jeannie: Yeah, it’s definitely similar. I feel the show continually likes to uproot these people and force them to figure out how to survive new dangers. There is just no notion of stability here and just in case we think there is, let’s burn down the farm, let’s burn down the prison. Where are you going to go now, survivors? How are you going to find each other? How is this going to end???