“Walking Dead” grumble thread: All of America now rooting for the Governor to liquidate the main characters

posted at 7:51 pm on November 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

Am I right or am I right?

Not that curious. The Governor’s a monster but he has some depth of character, unlike the stiffs in the core group. A day later, I still can’t decide whether last night’s cliffhanger is proof that the writers recognize that or whether they’re oblivious to it. I hope he pulls the trigger and blows Michonne and Hershel away, just because … why not? What’ll be lost if they’re gone? A few new cut-out “good guys” will be written in and added to the core group and life will go on. The fact that you’ve got people in the audience rooting for a one-eyed psychotic who machine-gunned a bunch of innocents last year to kill two of the heroes should be evidence of excellent writing. How many shows could pull that off? I think it’s likelier, though, that they’re oblivious to it and that they meant to leave viewers terrified with concern for the two main characters, even though neither one would be much missed. The title of last night’s episode was “Dead Weight,” presumably an allusion to the do-gooding camp members whom the Governor murdered. When it comes to dead weight on the show, though, Pete and Martinez are the least of the problems. Do they get that or not?

Either way, last night’s episode was the best in ages. The Governor killing Pete because he wasn’t ruthless enough to protect the kingdom was Shakespearean; the scene at the end where zombie Pete is left to struggle in the lake endlessly is one of the best set pieces they’ve ever done. Even the pacing has been stronger in this little two-part digression about the Governor. If they dragged it out any further just to showcase a few more examples of his ruthlessness, it’d be redundant. Bringing him back to the prison now seems right. Plus, I feel like there have been more changes in setting over the last two weeks than there were in two seasons of following the main cast, a major problem in a show about a global apocalypse. It’s one thing to have a core group that’s dull, it’s another to have them be dull and perpetually stuck in the same spot. Looks like that’s going to change now that the Governor’s on his way with a tank. Fire at will.

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David Morrissey is a good actor, he is stealing the lead from Andrew Lincoln.

batterup on November 25, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Two English actors both trained at English acting schools but one, David Morrissey was in the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hmmmm…..

roy_batty on November 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Those weren’t hunting and sport stores.

I forgot about Tyrese and his little group coming up to the prison. But, there should be more of those people, just walking up to the prison.

LoganSix on November 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

They got hunting supplies, a new cross bow for Daryl and more bolts at Morgan’s house.

At least I think that was his name, Rick’s friend who went nuts?

Morgan had stockpiled tons of ammo and firearms, and they specifically showed Michonne carrying off a crossbow with bolts from his home in one episode.

There was also a season 1 or 2 episode stop at a dept. store (where Sheriff Rick first met up with Glenn, Merle, Andrea and crew), which might have weapons in or around a sporting good section.

I don’t think we have to see them do X to know that they did X. It’s possible the show characters do X in between episodes or off camera… like I assume they all go pee, even though we don’t actually see the actors go pee behind trees on the show.

In the same way, I assume the sometimes find more guns/ammo on dead bodies, or in stores when we aren’t watching.

TigerPaw on November 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

snoopicus on November 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

That was harsh. I like Hershel.

No one seemed the least bit skeptical of his story about Martinez’s demise. Contrast that with the amount of discussion that takes place whenever Rick’s group considers doing anything.

jix on November 26, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Do you mean Pete?

Because as far as Martinez goes, Brian / Phillip/ the Governor did not say anything about it.

The other guys told the rest of the camp that they found “what was left of Martinez,” and one guy announced to the whole group, “looks like he was playing golf drunk and got eaten by walkers.”

TigerPaw on November 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

And more scenes of Rick gardening, those are just so riveting!

Zorro Olmer on November 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

What else do you want Rick to do in the apocalypse?

There really is nothing for him to do, when not fighting zombies or other people (like the Gov).

Non-stop zombie fighting would get boring.

Even Lilly told Governor one or two shows ago, “Nobody every told me the end of the world would be so boring.”

TigerPaw on November 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Plus, I feel like there have been more changes in setting over the last two weeks than there were in two seasons of following the main cast, a major problem in a show about a global apocalypse.

It’s not a show about a global apocalypse.

It’s a show about a group of survivors of a global apocalypse.

The Schaef on January 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM