I hate that I wasn’t able to post any recaps or reviews for episodes 05 or 06. As most of you know, I had been admitted to the hospital, again, to try and fix this lung. Surely by now, you should be all caught up with what happened in those two episodes. So I will not post a recap for either of them. I will, however, give you my quick 2-cents, something I dislike doing this far out. I’d much rather post an opinion while it is fresh in my head and not yet marred by theories circulating the internet.
Episode 05: I love the transformation of Hershel from season 2 through season 4. However, I had a very hard time believing that he would have survived what went down in that ‘isolation unit’ attack. An attack, I might add, that could have been prevented had any one of them had the common sense to keep their cell doors closed. That way, if you turn, you are contained until someone can come along and dispatch you. Instead, they’re dropping like flies and running amok. That little girl, Lizzie, is a fracking nut job. I still believe that she was the one feeding the walkers at the fences (the culprit has still not been revealed). Seeing her splashing her toes in a puddle of blood? Creepy! Meanwhile at the fence line, Rick finally catches a glimpse of the man Carl has become. Rick also has a bad habit of always ending up on the bottom of the wood pile. And while it was exciting to watch, seeing the Grimes boys fend off a horde of walkers all by themselves was a bit hard to believe (yes…because everything thus far has been so realistic and set in reality…hahaha). Rick hasn’t been able to do much since the start of season 3 without yelling for Daryl to help. And all this episode did was aggravatingly reinforce a point I’ve been making all along: Why didn’t they do a better job of securing the prison? There should have been more barbed-wire-saw-horses around the perimeter. Or ditches dug between the fences. Many’s the kingdom survived thanks to a well placed moat. In the end, Daryl and his crew returned. He, of course, starts asking about Carol. Hershel tells him to talk to Rick. This is a conversation we have yet to see, and at this rate, will prove less climactic when it does happen.
Episode 06: Contrary to the hateful opinions that were going around Twitter that night, I really enjoyed this episode. I’ve always wanted to know more about certain characters. The entire show is based upon understanding who you are, how you would react in a crisis, how you would change, and who you would become. How do environmental factors influence your moral character? Up until now, we’ve only known this man as “the Governor” and not who he might have been prior. It’s been hinted at, and we’ve made assumptions. But we never really knew. Watching a man psychologically break is fascinating stuff. It shocked me that it took Martinez and Shumpert that long to abandon this man. The thing of it is, he is a smart man. The Governor is an asset. He just let the power go to his head. A head, mind you, that had already been fractured by the loss of his family. His sense of reality has been skewed. From a survival standpoint, he has the right idea. It’s his execution that leaves something to be desired. Seeing him unravel and then journey back again was actually a useful tool on the part of the writers, because it made things that much more intense when episode 07 rolled around. You spend episode 06 wondering if he has really changed. Can a man repent? Can you ‘come back’ from the things you’ve done? Which leads us to…….last night’s episode 07:
For a spoiler filled recap of episode 07 click here.
All caught up? Ok, good.
I. Loved. This. Episode.
In the link for the spoiler recap, please disregard the “lingering questions” section at the bottom. Those are stupid questions. The first one, which was “unresolved” did not need resolution because it has no bearing on the overall story. It was there to serve one purpose and one purpose alone: scratch the walls inside his mind. The best guess here in our Bubble: There was a man, his wife, and their child. A few military men came upon them. Probably promised them protection and what not. More than likely, after gaining the man’s trust, they abused it. They used him for his supplies (the same supplies Martinez and ‘Brian’ were on a raid for), and as the labels said, they were “liars” and “rapists”. The man, most likely, exacted his revenge upon these soldiers. He kept their heads (sound familiar yet?). Something caused his wife and child to turn. Maybe a head bit them, or maybe they got the flu. Who knows and who cares? The point is, the man labeled himself a “murderer” clearly out of guilt for what he had done. What kind of man had he become? He lost it all trying to avenge his family, and ended up losing them any way. So he took his own life. Ta-da. The end. The difference here being that when the Governor had been placed in similar circumstances, he had no conscience. He did not repent. He did not feel guilt. He continued to bury all of that deep down and he fell farther down the rabbit hole losing complete sight of reality. Having to spend the night in that cabin, listening to Martinez talk about their past (something that happens again the next day after lunch) was just eating away at the Governor.
Poor Martinez. If you were prepared to accept him as a different and possibly changed man, and you agreed to call him Brian, you needed to stop talking about the damn past. It’s like teasing an animal that had been abused. Eventually, it will bite.
I think that the ‘life of Brian’ with his new little family, could have one day healed the Governor. Crossing paths with Martinez caused him to crack. Sitting back and watching Martinez, Pete, and Andy arguing about how to run things and observing their mistakes was all too much for him to take. You have to admit, he had a good thing going at Woodbury. The man knows what he is doing. And like any good chess player, he’s always three moves ahead of you at all times. He wants to protect his family—the “I can’t lose you again” line that was slipped in there should have raised a red flag. Clearly, he has lost his marbles and he thinks they are his real family. But this makes him dangerous–Rick and Shane in season 2 dangerous. A man will do anything to protect what he thinks is his. This makes him no different than Rick. These episodes that fans are complaining were too slow or boring, actually drew such amazing parallels. But where Rick is trying to find his way back, the Governor is too far gone.
Which leads us to one of my favorite reveals in the episode (another of the ‘lingering questions’ you should ignore because…DUH). Pete at the bottom of the pond. That was brilliant! The Governor has started a new aquarium. Genius! It’s how he gets his zen. There are things in this world that cannot be controlled, but he feels like he can control this. He can stare into the face of destiny, of death, and he can walk away whenever he chooses. His trophies remind him of what he is capable of. It also serves to show us that there is no guilt.
Knowing that he has had all those months to think about everything that he has done, and seeing him have the opportunity to let it all go and move on, start over as it were…These last two episodes were fantastic. Because you can’t help but wonder “what if…” Instead, Martinez helped him scratch the walls and suddenly his path was chosen. He thought long enough and he made his move. He has amassed a new set of pawns and he is about to put Rick into check. Maybe not check mate, but certainly in a devastating position.
Place your bets now, TWD fans! Who will die in the mid-season finale? After statements made this summer by both Andrew Lincoln and Bear McCreary, it ain’t gonna be pretty! And if you want to ponder a real ‘lingering question’ try this one: Will we ever see Carol again?
Until next time…..