Monday, November 18, 2013

The Walking Dead Ep. 406: Live Bait

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 6: Live Bait

TV rating


ZPAA rating

Teens and up

Offensive content

The zombie kills in this episode are more "hands on" than usual, as in at one point a character is literally tearing out a zombie throat, so the gore is pretty bad; some foul language; there is one kissing scene that probably led to a sexual encounter but all we see is the first few kisses.

Synopsis & Review

Ever wonder what happened to the Governor after he and the last two Woodbury folks drove off at the end of last season? This episode starts right where the Governor left off, driving away from the pile of Woodbury people he massacred. The Governor and his two friends camp out one night. In the morning, the Governor is alone. He begins wandering, growing a beard, and looking very much like Snake Plissken. He finds a small family (grandfather on oxygen, two daughters, one granddaughter) and strikes up an uneasy alliance with them.

The episode is highly tense, mostly due to the Governor's previous psychopathic tendencies. By the end of last season, he certainly seemed like an unredeemable character. So naturally viewers watch this episode waiting for him to explode. He doesn't. He tries to be better, though perhaps not in the best way. He lies to them about his name and is vague about his past. He clearly wants to leave his past behind him but what future is he looking forward to? Will a new family give him a new and better purpose in life? That's left unresolved, so we'll have to tune in next week.

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