45 min., 2013
Written by Seth Hoffman
Directed by Ernest Dickerson
My rating: ★★★★★
Re-election time bitches!
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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.
This is the Governor’s last stand. Some call him a terrorist but I prefer to think of him as a teacher. When this main cast member’s death occurs I promise… you’ll never see him coming. Now that I’ve positioned myself to be sued by Marvel’s crack legal team, we can continue. This go round we all get a distinct sense of Deja vu when the Governor freshly appointed to lead this new group of lambs to the slaughter convinces them there is a prison not too far where they can all be safe if they are willing to take it by force if needed. Since he now has something to lose Brian leaves his surrogate daughter and her mother back at the camp in case things go sour (or he has to murder his own people for being cowards again… I’m not sure which). As he gathers the group and arms them with weapons and even a tank he rolls up to the gates to confront Rick.
Unlike last time he has hostage, Michonne whom he’s wanted to kill for a nice long while and Herschel who as of late has been Rick’s own personal Jesus. Brian gives rick until sundown to vacate but instead Rick gives an impassioned speech about how they can all come back from the darkness and live together in separate cell blocks and all can be forgiven and you see Brian really think on his words for a long moment. Then he lops half Herschel’s head off with Michonne’s sword. This breaks the spell camp rick seemed to be under and they all spring into action shooting the residents of camp Brian in the process.
A huge battle ensues resulting in everyone being scattered to the four winds in an effort to escape. Glenn ends up on the school bus with the other residents recovering from the flu, Maggie stays behind to get Beth, Tyreese stays to defend the little creepy blonde sisters Carol adopted and was forced to leave behind. Daryl and Beth are forced to split while Bob, Sasha and Maggie head off together to find where Glenn and the survivors got off to.
Back at camp Brian Lilly and Meghan are oblivious to the melee the rest of the group are in until the poor little girl is bitten by a walker and her mom takes her to Brian in search of help to simply have him put a bullet through her brain. The Governor is back I gull swing as he cleaves the rest of Hershel’s head from his shoulders as well. Rick and the Governor come to blows but it gets broken up by Michonne’s sword getting thrust through Brian’s chest but wait folks there’s more! The mother caps him in the head just to be sure he won’t be seen next season. As the confusion dies down Rick and Carl find Judith’s car seat covered in blood and gore and readers of the comic know what this means. So we lost our hope for the future and the heart of the group with these two deaths as well as a long standing foe vanquished as well but at the cost of their safe haven and the dissolution of the group.
This was a bad ass episode and a lot happened. This was the mid-season finale so you know there has to be more past this like finding out who else bit the dust, who else survived and where these smaller pairs get off to and whether or not they will find each other again. All good questions that I intend to answer in my next review of season 5 Ep. 9: After. Until that comes around rest up folks and take care. May all your films bring fright!Have You Read...?