Warning Spoilers Ahead
The eighth episode of the fantastic fourth season of The Walking Dead gets us right to what happens next after the ending of the previous episode. The Governor had both Michonne and Hershel in his gun sights. I didn’t expect him to shoot either, and he doesn’t instead opting to take them hostage. The episode pivots to his manipulating his camp into following his plan to assault the prison and take it from Rick and his people, or just raze it and kill everyone. It’s hard to tell if this is annexation or revenge. In a discussion he claims that he really wants a safe place for his people, but his choosing the prison, instead of something else speaks of another motive. But, in talking to Michonne and Hershel, he makes it clear peace is not an option.
Back at the prison, Rick tells Daryl the news about Carol. He takes it much better than I thought, and the two head to tell Tyreese the news too. Rick, Daryl and Tyreese come across a disturbing thing in the basement. Bob Stookey meanwhile is being rather odd, as if there’s something he’s up to, more than his screw-ups. All of that is interrupted by an explosion, taking an iconic image from the comic, it’s the Governor and a tank. He quickly shows his prisoners, demanding a conversation with Rick. Two issues here, how did a tank going off not attract walkers and did no one notice a tank rolling up?
During all of this, the Governor has left Lilly and Meghan alone, who discover where they’ve been left is a flash flood area, but there are walkers and that leads to a tragic moment.
After an impassioned plea from Rick, the Governor has other plans, killing one of his prisoners, leading to a gun fight. The Governor has shown there’s no redemption for him. And with that, it’s all out war, though not all of the Governor’s soldiers are along for the ride. It’s a hell of a battle, especially for television. With moments that had me screaming out loud in excitement.
There’s some amazing stuff here and so much that felt satisfying, it’s a battle to end all battles that leaves the series and us the viewers in an unknown area, much like the abandonment of the farm. It’s a cathartic and heart wrenching ending to the mid-season that only has me pumped up more to see what the second half has in store for us.
Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson
Writer Credits: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, Scott M. Gimple
Overall Score: 9
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