I was terribly glad to get away from the prison this week! Is it just me? Seriously, guys, the prison is starting to wear on me big time. And I was quite interested to learn what everyone’s favorite pirate has been up to since we saw him at the close of last season.
So, let’s hit the highlights, shall we?
– After mowing down his own people, The Governor (TG) is abandoned by Martinez and Shumpert. Remember them? They’re the dudes that hopped in TG’s truck and sped away with him at the end of last season. Real stand-up guys. The pair ends up abandoning TG in the middle of the night (you’re telling me TG didn’t hear them drive away? Weird.), and TG grabs a conveniently located flat-bead truck and drives back to Woodbury, blowing the town’s gates wide open and then setting fire to just about everything. Because…you know…vengeance. Or something. I really have no idea why he did it.
– Time passes, and TG is staggering down a road to an evenly paced voiceover conversation with a woman. So, we know he’s taken up with or been taken in by someone. We also know a lot of time has passed because, my goodness, he has long hair! And a beard. He comes to a mostly empty apartment building and finds a family, who inexplicably takes him in, feeds him and treats him like one of their own. This whole series of scenes REALLY confused me. Why would they be so stupid? They don’t know this guy! He could be there to kill them and take their stuff! There are a pair of adult sisters (Tara and Lilly), one of which (Lilly) has a daughter probably around Penny’s (TG’s dead child) age, and an old guy who is dying of lung cancer (he’s the sisters’ father and the girl’s grandfather). TG tells him his name’s Brian, and they start asking him to do a number of mini-quests. Really, they demand it of him, and I could think of no reason why TG complied other than a remaining sense of misplaced duty to idiots who seemed to be as sheltered as the morons in Woodbury. These people didn’t even know how to kill walkers, or biters as TG calls them!
– TG shaves and gets a haircut. Who cuts his hair? Did he do it himself? I’m sure it doesn’t matter, but I’m also sure it’s supposed to indicate that TG is starting to come back to his senses. He’s been rambling around aimlessly, a shadow of his former BA self. Now, that he’s back around people again, he’s coming back from the brink of…where ever he was. I guess we were supposed to think his failure to take out Rick’s group, along with Penny’s “death” and the general lunacy of the Woodbury-ites pushed him over the edge. In fact, he told one of the sisters that he left his former group because the leader “lost it.” #Truth.
– The old man dies and turns, almost eating one of the sisters. But, TG jumps in at the last minute and smashes the man’s skull with an oxygen tank. Gross. Since the sisters and the girl weren’t aware that everyone turns after dying, they weren’t prepared for the brutal necessity of TG’s actions. The girl, who had warmed up quite nicely to TG, is afraid of him again. Oh noes! Replacement Penny doesn’t like him anymore! Her name is Meghan, but I prefer Replacement Penny.
– TG says goodbye to the sisters and girl, preparing to leave and go…somewhere. But, the girl’s mother demands that he take them. And…he does. WHY? They pile into a food truck (The old man drove for the company and stole it when the world “ended.”) and head out like the Beverly Hillbillies. Does TG have a destination in mind? The younger sister mentioned that she worked for the Atlanta police (We later learned she was only in the academy), and that the Army had gone into the city. Is TG going to get his tank?! (Reference to the comics) We don’t find out, guys.
– They park for the night, TG and the girl’s mom fool around and/or have sex (RIGHT NEXT TO THE OTHER SISTER AND THE GIRL! Gross.), and the truck won’t start the next day. Greeeaaat. So, they set out on foot! And, of course, a horde of walkers crosses their path. They dump the luggage to run, and the younger sister manages to fall down and hurt her leg. Seriously? How cliche! As the sisters are helping each other flee, TG looks back and sees Replacement Penny frozen in fear. He coaxes her to come to him, and she eventually runs into his arms and he carries her as they all run/limp through the forest. TG and Replacement Penny are running ahead, and they come into a field. Suddenly, TG falls into a pit! Of course, there are walkers in it, and he has to kill them all in front of Replacement Penny who is screaming/crying/whimpering in the corner. After the walkers are all dead, he assures Replacement Penny that he will never leave her and will always protect her. Awwww! How sweet.
– What’s that? Do you hear gun shots? Yes, you do! As TG was killing the walkers in the pit, you could definitely hear gunshots, and after he was done reassuring Replacement Penny, who pops into view, but…Martinez! See the following video for the emotion AMC was trying to elicit:
FADE TO BLACK!
So, all in all, I thought this episode was a refreshing take after weeks of prison bleakness. Not that this wasn’t bleak! And it definitely had it’s “What the crap?!” moments. Overall, I’m getting tired of The Walking Dead, and I find myself forcing myself to make myself watch it. I like it, but I hate it.
To be faced with people who have presumably been living under a rock for a couple of years (it has to have been a couple of years, now, right? At least a year and a half!), was ridiculous! TG was essentially presented with a tiny Woodbury. And they sucked him in and pushed responsibility on him; he retrieved the Backgammon set and went to the nursing home for oxygen tanks. Why? Why did he do these things? And why in the world did these people assume he would?! It makes no sense.
Was the purpose of this show to provide TG with a reason to live? After Penny’s death, he was bent on revenge, and when that failed, he lost his mind. Now, that he has Replacement Penny, will he totally snap back? And what of his need for revenge on Michonne, on Rick? We did see him skulking about in the trees watching the prison, and after watching the previews for next week, we can assume he takes up with Martinez’s new group. They appear to be nice folks, by the way…not so much.
I, for one, am glad TG is back. This show needs a Big Bad. True, the Spanish flu (or whatever was killing everybody at the prison) was nasty, but once they found medicine, it lost its teeth.
Besides, people are much more scary.
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[[Featured image courtesy of AMC.]]