45 min., 2013
Written by Glen Mazzara
Directed by Ernest Dickerson
My rating: ★★★★
This is the end… friend.
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The following review is rated ANTS (Awaiting Next Thrilling Season), 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 we’ve come to the end of this season. I would love to tell you this season went out on such an epic high note that it put the other season finales to shame, but I’m not in the habit of telling you lies. It wasn’t bad, but not 4 star rated. This one I give a solid 3 stars for content, kills, and the drama that unfolded on screen. So let us discuss, shall we?
First things first, spoilers run through this whole thing so read with that warning in mind. Milton is beaten bloody for betraying his friend the Governor and letting Andrea escape. She is captive in what should’ve been Michonne’s torture chamber, and now Milton is told he can’t leave the room she’s in without killing her. Naturally he refuses and takes a swing at the Governor instead, misses, and is shanked for all his heroism then locked inside. It seems as though he will take her life once he dies and turns after all. However there is a ray of hope. He dropped a pair of pliers pre-stabbing behind her chair, and they may prove to be her saving grace if she can reach them and set her self free in time. I won’t drag this out and will tell you now, he turns and she isn’t out in time. Andrea bites it this episode… pun intended.
Long before she passes, The Governor and the inhabitants of Woodbury raid the prison with murder on their minds thanks to more of The Governor’s lies. They arrive to find the place abandoned and he is sure he’s been cheated of his revenge. Until, that is, some smoke bombs and walkers throw them off their game, and the guns they got from Morgan start spitting torrents of bullets their way. Carl, Hershel, Judith (the baby) and Hershel’s youngest girl wait in the woods where it’s safe until Carl shoots a kid that is trying to flee in the process of him disarming. This is where we see Carl get a little less compassionate about the preservation of life when its not one of his own. It’s a scary thing to deal with for any parent, but Rick has seen him embrace revenge and a disregard for human life before in Season 2; and without Lori he seems utterly lost. When he confronts his son it’s clear that at least one member of the Grimes family has their head on straight as he lists the folks Rick gave a pass to and those that died as a result. With no room to argue, Carl dismisses him by saying “Go, so he doesn’t kill any more of us.”
With that Rick, Michonne and Daryl all head out intending on raiding Woodbury and getting rid of the Governor once and for all. Those plans change when on the road they run into the corpses of the townsfolk that were shooting at them less than an hour before. Some of those corpses have reanimated and are trying to get into a truck housing Karen, the last survivor of Operation Kill Thy Neighbors. She tells them how The Governor killed all her friends for not following him back into the fray. They take her with them with the intention of still killing The Governor, but with the added hope of liberating the others under his tyranny, or at least telling them all about the devil they’ve put in charge.
Tyreese hears the whole story and lets them in so they can try to find Andrea. Eventually they find her bitten and bleeding with no hope save a bullet to the head which she intends on firing herself. There is redemption in that moment for her as Rick claims her as one of his own before the deed is done. Michonne gets a do over in that she stays with her to the bitter end this time, rather than walking away. With that task completed, the residents of Woodbury all become guests of the Atlanta penal system, effectively escaping his web of lies.
I can say the show had some stellar moments, and the acting was as always top notch. It just didn’t give the bang I was expecting. I think that’s more of a personal issue. I have to say I am waiting to see how the next season will come together. But for now, I will settle for the graphic novels that have passed 110 issues so far, way to go Kirkman! Until next season catch up on some of my other reviews, and as always, may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?