The Walking Dead Review: Bad Boys

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The Walking Dead Season 4 was gaining some decent momentum with the flu outbreak, Rick stepping back into the fold and the exciting notion of fallout from the group learning Carol was kicked out and that she killed David and Karen.

Then the series decided to hit the pause button and backtrack to show what the Governor had been up to.

The problem is that this two-episode departure from the main storyline feels like it could have been condensed or not even used at all. The Governor grew a depression beard, bedded a newcomer, killed Martinez, took over a new group, felt “conflicted” with being good or bad and then headed right back to the prison like the insane person he is and we always knew he was.

Martinez and The Governor

So was it necessary to take time off from Rick and the prison, even if the goal was to try and give the Governor some character development and a method to his madness?

It’s not like anything really changed, even if the Governor felt conflicted for a a bit before putting back on his black outfit and creepy stare and realizing being a bad guy makes sense in this world in order to “protect” the ones around you.

A little insane, and maybe that was the point in trying to give his character logic behind his motives instead of just making him a sadistic and evil villain for the show, but didn’t he kind of always think that way?

I guess you could argue that his “journey” paralleled Rick’s farmer experience in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 1, but there was some solid payoff for Rick in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 2.

With the Governor, I feel like we’re exactly back where we started: with a struggle that never really became interesting, and a pair of flashbacks that just gave us more walker bait rather than anyone new to really care about.

The two new guys that could have become something (sorry, Martinez) were reduced to just supplying the Governor with a more human embodiment of the two sides he could take. Unfortunately, nice guys finish last and Enver Gjokaj’s character was killed off and Kirk Acevedo’s character - who wanted to harm others to help his own - quickly became second in command (although, does anyone think he’s going to last long?)

In fact, does anyone think any of these new characters are going to last long?

Maybe if they run into walkers like the one trying to bite the girl, they’ll live (seriously, that walker needs some training on how to be a walker), but no one stands out as a new character I’m eager to see continue on.

And while the walker mosh mud pit was cool to look at, I don't know why the Governor couldn't figure out a different way to get around. Did he have to go back? Did he have to lead Woodbury 2.0?

I wanted to like The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 7. I wanted it to mean something, to provide a new spin on the Governor, but I feel like if the two episodes were skipped, nothing would be missed.

In reality, the title of "Dead Weight" was rather fitting for the hour. Hopefully, next Sunday's mid-season finale can spark back up the momentum and head back in the right direction.


Editor Rating: 2.9 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


I really enjoyed the episode. The mud pit was cool.


Was the mud pit with the bodies the place where he massacred all his people? That could explain why he turned back, reminded him of who he was?

@ Jason

I didn't think about that until I read very well could be..............


In the extended clip on the "Talking Dead", the governor said "They are going to miss their people", this implies more than one. Does he shoot Herschel and take Mischonne hostage. We know he wants to torture her or turn her into one of his floating bodies in the pond.


For the first time ever, I shut of Walking Dead about half way through and went to bed. And this review gets to the reaon. I could easily have missed these two episides and I won't ahve really missed anything.


I totally agree with this review. We could have been shown all along what the Governor was up to instead of them taking 2 whole episodes right at the mid season finale to do it. Anybody who thought the Governor had changed or wanted to change is and was a fool. He's NOT going to change. They wanted us to believe that he was going to(and unfortunately many did) so they could do exactly what they did. So here we go again with another attack on the prison..............after what they've already been through......I don't know they have the strength to do it. But I also don't think The Governor has the numbers needed to overcome Rick and his crew. With a "surprise special guest cast member" on Talking Dead next week ---Someone is going to die(I'm thinking Glen).........I knew the minute Martinez died that he would be the guest this week and I was right.

@ Terrie

I've got to say, I think you're dead wrong about the Governor not *wanting* to change - he just couldn't. There's way too much damage there. Too much blood under the bridge, so to speak.

@ JK

Perhaps he does but if he wanted to he would ............ if you think he does after this week's episode, your sadly mistaken. I feel bad for his new "family" . The man has become obsessed with his vendetta against Michonne and Rick and now he's dragging more innocent people into it to probably end up dead.

@ Terrie

I SO hope it's not Glen. Not many many "originals" left. And they need some able bodied people to fight. Maybe Hershel instead.

@ Mrs. Cleaver

I don't think it would be Daryl. People will riot in the streets if they kill him off. I just know they usually do not have a cast member on Talking Dead unless they've been killed or died.

Mrs cleaver

I agree as well. Anyone who really figured he changed was deluding themselves (Ask Martinez. Oh wait, we can't...).
I also thought at the end, "Oh man, we're gonna do this AGAIN? Fight the Governor AGAIN, only now for the prison?"
Up to now it's been a good season but it's time to hit the road again and I guess this is the way they are gonna send Rick & Company running again.


Totally agree with this review! I had problems with the last episode already. While it was loved by many, all I could think of was "are they really trying to make him a man worth of redemption". The Govenor is crazy and evil and the last two episodes just showed that's never going to change. As if we didn't know that already! Waste of time imo.

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