This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” “Dead Weight,” showed The Governor’s [David Morrissey] true colors. It also ended with a nice setup for the mid-season finale.
1. The old Governor is coming back.
When Caesar Martinez [Jose Pablo Castillo] asks The Governor if he’s changed, some viewers might have thought “yes, he has changed.” But shortly after, The Governor kills Martinez in quite a gruesome fashion. At first, I couldn’t help but attribute his murder to The Governor wanting to move on from his past, and Martinez was the last piece of that part of his life. However, he then proceeds to kill Pete because he showed signs of weakness as a leader. Whether The Governor has realized it yet or not, he wants to lead, and if he isn’t a leader, he will find a way to become one again.
2. The Governor has found a replacement family — and a replacement Woodbury.
This time around, it seems like The Governor is trying to capture the prison so he can move his new group to it, not just because he wants to destroy Rick’s [Andrew Lincoln] group. With his new family beside him, it seems The Governor will do anything to protect them. And clearly, he believes the prison is the safest place for them, so he will do whatever he can to take it from Rick.
However, the fact that he killed Martinez and Pete in an attempt to take control makes it hard not to look at the new group as basically a new Woodbury. For months, The Governor has been powerless. Given his history, The Governor is not equipped to handle being on his own with no one to protect or order around. This likely has something to do with why he did a coup d’état —he needed something to live for.
3. The Governor isn’t done with the prison group.
Though it’s been a couple episodes since we’ve seen the prison group, they became a crucial part of this episode in the last minute. When The Governor pointed his gun at Michonne [Danai Gurira], it became clear that the tension that existed between him and Rick’s group is not squashed. In fact, it is still alive and well. The scenes previewed from the midseason finale gave more indication of that, when The Governor and the prison group collide for the first time this season.
With the midseason finale coming next week, it is likely the last episode will be filled with excitement, blood and even a few important deaths. Regardless, viewers will be pleased to see the prison group back on the show again.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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