A better recap than mine. #TWD #Mid-SeasonFinale
Originally posted on TVLine:
In this week’s midseason finale of The Walking Dead, the Governor lays out for his camp a plan to “take that prison without firing a shot.” But, as you’d expect (and, blood-thirsty as you are, maybe hope), before “Too Far Gone” has lurched to its conclusion, approximately a zillion shots have been fired, and five survivors – two of them major players – have bought the farm. Who lives to return for the second half of Season 4? Read on and find out.
ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR | As the hour begins, Lilly overhears “Brian” rallying the troops. And, to put it mildly, she doesn’t like what she overhears. Although her boyfriend intends to trade his hostages – Hershel and Michonne – for the prison, he tells the group that they have to be ready, if need be, to kill. “I don’t know who you are,” the nurse tells her boyfriend, thereby establishing her as what? About 80 percent smarter than Andrea (who went ages without smelling a rat). 90?
CAROL WHO? | Back at the prison, Rick is finally informing Daryl that he banished Carol, and Daryl is reacting with approximately the same amount of upset that I display when I find an anchovy on my pizza. (Not the scene we waited three weeks for!) Then, rather than take off after Carol – was I the only one hoping he would? – Daryl, like Rick, focuses on how Tyreese will handle the news that she killed his B-player girlfriend. Before they can get to that, however, there’s a knock at the door… in the form of cannon fire!
ADIEU OR DIE | Ignoring the fact that the jailbirds now are governed by a council, the Governor forces Rick to again act as their leader. Mainly, it seems, just so he can tell his former foe that, unless they hit the road by sundown, Hershel and Michonne will bite the dust. In turn, Rick argues – as eloquently as desperately – that it doesn’t have to go down this way. They can all live – operative word: live – in the prison. It is, after all, huge. They can come back from the things they’ve done. “We’re not too far gone,” he insists. And, for a millisecond, it looks like the Governor is really considering it. Once the millisecond has passed, however, he remembers the title of the episode, hisses “Liar!” and takes a swing at Hershel’s throat with Michonne’s samurai sword. After that, it’s bedlam!
KID STUFF | While all this is going on, Meghan is back at what used to be Camp Martinez, digging up a flash flood warning sign and, seconds later, being bitten by a walker long buried in the mud by one such flood. At the same time, over at the prison, the youngsters all head for the getaway bus with baby Judith in tow… until Lizzie reminds them of what Carol taught them. They need to be strong, she says. Also, they need guns.
FIGHT TO THE FINISH | As the battle for the prison rages, Lilly wanders into the fray with Meghan’s body, and the Governor shoots his substitute Penny in the head. Shortly thereafter, Rick gets the drop on the Governor, and they take turns beating the crap out of each other for a while. Then, just when finally it appears that the Governor is going to choke Rick to death, Michonne stabs her nemesis through the back with her sword, and Lilly finishes him off with a bullet to the brain.
LOOSE ENDS | Nearby, Daryl “decommissions” the Governor’s tank and gets rid of Mitch (thank you!); before Alisha can shoot Tyreese, Lizzie shoots her (thanks again!); an injured Bob, Sasha and Maggie are separated from everyone else – including Glenn! – when the getaway bus leaves without them; and, while Rick and Carl are reunited, all they can find of Judith is – gasp! – her bloody baby carrier. As they stagger away from their now-walker-infested former home, Rick tells his son, “Don’t look back.” Question is, what is there to look forward to?
Okay, your turn. What did you think of the episode? Enough excitement for ya? But at what price? I’ll miss Hershel and his voice of reason, much like I already miss Carol. Speaking of whom, what was up with Daryl’s reaction to her ouster? Were we the only ones who thought they were closer than that? Were you sorry to see the Governor get his comeuppance? (In any case, shouldn’t Maggie have gotten to finish him off rather than Lilly? The guy brutalized her boyfriend, nearly raped her and beheaded her father!) Did the finale leave you looking forward to the second half of the season? What do you want from the second half? Hit the comments.
The Walking Dead Season 4 resumes Sunday, Feb. 9 on AMC.
The Mid-Season finale is finally upon me.
Review ish post and predictions to follow…
Staggered nature of this post is due to watching Talking Dead!
Here goes. So the show opens with The Gov aka Philip aka Brian aka The Pirate in some circles, giving another speech about “They have what we want” “They have what we need” Bla bla. Usual pep talk to give to a Woodbury Part II army, after discussion it is eventually decided to attack “without force” finally after Gov reveals that he has captured two of their own – Hershel Greene and Michonne.
It was clear, even more so after Philip’s own individual episodes that he had changed, surely the old Governor would have killed at least Michonne for ending his zombified daughters life. Obviously showing signs of self restraint for the overall purpose of the charge at the prison after a short few cut scenes where we finally see Daryl and Rick talking about Carols absence, we then include Tyreese with his detective skills before Governor and Woodbury Part II interrupt the party. *Que a excellently timed AMC break!
Ok so our group of misfits scramble outside to find a almost repeat of the assault from Season 3′s finale. The Governor then demands that Rick comes down to talk and his group leave the prison as no one needs to get hurt. Next, I admit I never saw this coming although after running it through my head since Episode 5 it made more and more sense. Gov stopped once by Ricks heartwarming getting along speech decides that he himself is ‘Too Far Gone’ takes a blade to Hershel who manages to scramble himself around the side of the Tank with head hanging off. As the chaos ensues Rick taking a shot to the shoulder scrambles behind the bus that was left in the prison courtyard from Season 3 and Michonne athletically attempts to get away unnoticed. Then cuts back to Phillip going crazy to Hershel’s head. 150% Too Far Gone for the Gov now.
The next 10 mins involve some pretty tense moments. From looking like Maggie and Beth will die, to Beth being safe, to Maggie getting Glenn to safety to Maggie, Beth, Tyreese, Rick and Daryl about to die. Before some kids get involved – Carol would be proud – to Michonne saving Rick, then Carl saving Rick.
Action packed episode! Took 20mins to get going but the latter half was exceptional. Can’t wait till Feb! #TheWalkingDead #Feb2014
On a more sombre note. RIP Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. Having grown up with Fast and Furious so sad to see one of my idols die so young.
Figured due to all the stresses and heartaches University has caused me so far I’d put it all down in a good old fashioned post. Mayhem is about to be cast upon me, however, for once I fear not reasons why I shall explain later. To continue…
I shall not digress. University damn near broke me first time around, I’m unashamed to say it. I dropped out, sank into a years decline. Managing on a part-time job 3 shifts a week. Plodding on with other ventures. Never really getting anywhere, sadly part of the reason I dropped out was poor grades obtained only through lack of trying, lack of an interest in my subject of study and too persuaded by friends, drinks and a lifestyle that I couldn’t keep up. Something had to give way and eventually University did.
This poor performance would only send any dream I had into a never-ending oblivion at the time the dream of becoming an Architect was distant, faded to grey as if it was to be a story I would tell my grand children that I could have been one of those incredibly imaginative people who draw buildings for a living.
Amazingly though, after a year of hourly-paid work, slaving away, working with what can only be described as professionally trained monkeys – not everyone I’d like to highlight! I took the decision to return to education. Return to University of Wolverhampton and I had one thing in mind to succeed.
Determined, and relentless in some aspects of my work to do well I set about changing my ways. Cutting back on the lifestyle that left me so exhausted and uninterested in my career, I made-sure I completed work on time, gave deadlines enough time to work around them and my full concentration. My focus waived shortly during the Christmas period due to a number of unfortunate personal reasons. Only to come back stronger, realizing this was perhaps my last chance.
Fast forward almost a year later. My life is stable, university is my priority, my personal health and happiness are more important to me that I think they have ever been. Sadly – for my employer – my part-time job is nothing more than that, a job. Which has treated me well, but it continues to get in the way, unreasonable demands, late shifts, no real sense of appreciation.
Uni work is started much sooner in advance, I have only missed a hand-full of lectures through illness.
Amazing how I look back and think I could be graduated now, but the more and more I think about it, the more I don’t think I was in the right mindset back then. I look at the opportunity offered to me now and I’m glad life has turned out this way so far.
Deadline season is here, 4 modules 6 assignments 3 weeks. I can honestly say that each assignment has been started and I have been thinking about each one pro-actively. Who would have thought ay?!
Shock Horror!! Yeah even I couldn’t find any time to complete review writing. University has honestly taken every part of my life, my projects are huge compared to others and deadlines are fast approaching like Usain Bolt approaching the finish line. I have 4 modules of work to complete, in design terms thats a hell of a lot of time and time is definatly a precious commodity that I dont seem to have enough of.
Kind of like the Walking Dead, the shows producers only have 1 week to turn a brilliant start to the season into amazing. The previous week looked into The Governor, a character who has been conveyed in the third season as a mad, murderous criminal who desperately wants revenge on Michonne and anyone who stands in his way of getting it. However, Episode 6 revealed what exactly David Morrisey has been upto since the final of last season. Unsurprisingly, he was self admittedly a little unhinged by his own actions before landing on his feet in a apartment block which housed a small family whose only male member was dying. Cue a whole episode of everyone asking, “Can The Gov change?” All remained to be seen and personally I wasn’t too convinced, although it would make for a interesting few weeks if he did.
That was until Martinez showed up and you got the feeling that “Brian” as he is now known would soon be back to business as usual.
So! Present day and after watching last nights installment all I can say is it feels a little rushed. All of a sudden, goodbye Martinez, goodbye new leader, hello Governor in less than 30minutes. And we haven’t a clue what Rick and co. are even upto. There was however, brillance in this episode, the opening chess sequence was great to watch as was watching The Governor actually getting his hands dirty for once.
I’d say that the penultimate episode of the half season was interesting as it showcased David Morrisey’s superb locker of acting talent. Definitely worth a watch!
Sat here watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead what I can safely say so far has been the most action packed season. Currently writing the review as I’m watching Hershall kill his first person in the land of walkers.
Carol has upped and left, all beit by Rick forcing her hand. The group looks worse for wear.
As I’m a little bit delayed – watching it on a saved stream rather than live – trying to avoid my twitter feed is apparently a almost impossible task. Hershall is clearly being set up to die or is it just me?
I’ll post my thoughts on the rest of the episode as I’ve finished it.
Glenn is about to die then?
So Glenn and Hershall didn’t die, no one knows what Carol is up to but I can tell you the where-abouts of the governor for the next week at least. Right outside the prison. This years TWD has been amazing so far, so glad that I have kept up to date with it. Sadly, attempting to convince my Girlfriend she should start watching it is impossible.
Hey all. It has been a while.
Currently powering through University and Work. Haven’t really updated this like I should have been doing, but I promise again to do – at least for those that do follow.
My modules this year are Property Re-Use, Integrated Design, Product Information and Advanced Construction so far for this semester. I missed Uni, but I sure as hell don’t now. This year is kind of crazy, I feel as though I get on with many more of my class mates and can talk a lot more openly.
In other news, I finished Person of Interest Season 1 over the summer and I’m currently working my way through Season 2 as it airs. As well as The Walking Dead every Sunday. Oh and the only CD I need for this year has just been released, Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 is an instant classic. Already its been getting me through me assignments – so bare with me as I finish exporting my NBS Specifications and complete my Feasibility Study for my deadline tonight.