45 min., 2013
Written by Glen Mazzara/Evan Reilly
Directed by Stefan Schwartz
My rating: ★★★
Torture porn preparations are underway.
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The following review is rated WOE (Waiting On the End), it contains deranged opinions driven by boredom and the consumption of lead based paint taken deliberately at random. The views here do not reflect the thoughts of a completely sane person. They are being presented by a person that has grown up in a rather unseemly portion of town, taken recreational narcotics and has been molested by a clown. Don’t feel compelled to read it all, hell I know I don’t, Albino, Mormon and Republican reader discretion is advised.
Well folks, this episode from start to end is all about Woodberry, or at least its major players. We start with Milton Mammett: right hand man & part time conscience of The Governor, whom is seeing the man he knew as Phillip be consumed by power, revenge and the need for absolute control. Bearing this in mind after hearing from The Governor that he intends to kill all the folks at the prison, he takes it to Andrea in the hopes she can save her friends form certain doom. The episode shows his internal struggle to stay loyal to his friend and look beyond his choices to try to find the man he knew underneath.
The Governor, who we all know is bat shit crazy and hell bent on revenge, has set up a torture chamber for Michonne complete with dentist’s chair, pliers and a butane torch. His lies to Andrea keep stacking up, and his thirst for revenge seems to be on the verge of being quenched. Andrea, the classic dumb blonde that fell for his shit just like she did for Shane’s, is now realizing that her friends that she’s known a hell of a lot longer were the ones she should have listened to from the start. After getting the lowdown from Milton she leaves Woodberry to rejoin her old crew and hopefully lead them to safety.
Once Tyrell tells The Governor that she got away, he decides to personally go after her, but not before he finds out from Milton that she knows everything. He hunts her down and she is able to evade him at almost every turn, right up to the point he is seemingly devoured by walkers in an abandoned factory where she is holed up in a futile attempt to avoid him. Just as she reaches the perimeter of the prison, the Governor comes and takes her back to his torture room to hold her until he can get his paws on her friend. Upon his return, he finds the walkers he was collecting have been burned to a crisp, effectively foiling his plans to unleash them on Rick and company, which pushes his plans back a day or more.
It wasn’t a bad episode, but the lack of substance and all the setup leading to the final confrontation between Rick and The Governor is being drawn out way too long. It serves a purpose but it isn’t half as entertaining as it could be. So I rate this one a strong 2 rather than a weak 3 stars. I’ll be back with episode 15: This Sorrowful Life next go round, but until then, may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?