Blick Tolkien reviews The Walking Dead – Episode 041 – Live Bait

The Walking Dead - Episode 041 - Live Bait 45 min., 2013
Written by Nichole Beattie
Directed by Michael Uppendahl
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★★

The One Eyed Man is king!

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The following review is rated FM (Fresh Meat) for kickass walker related goodness and strong story lines featuring men with revolvers and crossbows. 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.


Ladies and gentlemen boys and girls dead and undead this is what we’ve all been waiting for! The Governor is back! This episode is all about our favorite slick talking one eyed bastard. After the epic fail he had trying to rally the troops during the assault on the prison resulting in him using a slew of his own people as bullet holders he Martinez and his other lackey escape into the distance.

After they get away and set up camp no one is comfortable sleeping around a mass murdering psychopath, go figure. So once Brian goes to sleep Martinez and the black and red like the guy who no one ever bothers to learn his name take off leaving him stranded in the middle of nowhere. He wanders around growing out a beard for the foreseeable future like a scraggly post-apocalyptic David Carradine. This continues until he finds himself at an apartment building in wish a woman her father sister and daughter have taken shelter from the biters.

Ashamed of his actions and how he lost it Brian tries to keep his distance from the small seemingly unaffected family. He is specially makes a wide berth for the gun toting sister who is a police academy drop out and the little girl who seems curious and cute as a button so he doesn’t grow attached seeing as his daughter not only became a zombie but caught a sword to the skull from Michonne last season.

Eventually of course with him being a big strong man and all they try to befriend him and get him to help dispatch zombies find ice age in tanks for their sick father and do several other things as well. Somewhere in the course of him being a reluctant Good Samaritan he’s forced to come to terms with the fact he can’t avoid this family and still survive. At some point sadly the father passes away and he is forced to bludgeon him to death in front of the little girl. Even though this getting the silent treatment for a while he convinces the family they need to leave since they have nothing left there to stick around for. They hit the road and after a few close calls with biters they get surrounded. The girls make a break for it to avoid the herd and in the process Brian falls into a pit with walkers as other walkers are close on his and the little girl’s heels.

He kills both walkers bare handed and promises even with the impending arrival of more corpses promises the girl he will protect her no matter what. Unexpectedly the hands that come over the side of the pit belong to the living. Brian finds himself rescued by the residents of a new camp with one exception. It seems as though Martinez is part of this group as well. Will he out The Governor or is he a more forgiving soul? You gotta wait until next review to find out folks.

I absolutely love this episode and you will too it deserves the four star rating I’m giving it until my next review I will have to be to you Katie’s a fond farewell and hope that all your films bring fright! Next time I will be back with episode 7: Dead Weight in 2 weeks!

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About Blick Tolkien

About Blick Tolkien: The bastard half brother of Zeb Carter, he grew up in Chicago's urban jungle, forced to be the victim of racial injustice and daily bullying until the day he saw Night of the Living Dead. the immersion into violence on film gave him the tools to externalize his hate and make the world a horror show for all his enemies. A card carrying member of the Black Panther party, he hates whitey and all forms of coonery including any and all Tyler Perry films. You have been warned. About Zeb Carter: The younger brother of Blick Tolkien, he used horror films as a way to open him self up to the social and story telling aspects of cinematic fear as well as his love of the silver screen. After seeing Gremlins at the drive in he was hooked. He also writes short fiction, has 2 daughters and a pack of animals that he is currently serves as the alpha male over. You can read his fiction at
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