We’re finally here, folks. The Walking Dead season 4 mid-season finale. Let’s just forget for a minute that we were promised this wouldn’t happen. Let’s put aside the fact that we were promised by AMC “16 back-to-back episodes” and that now we’re facing another however many months of teaser trailers, hype and infuriatingly long, painful “patience exercises.”
Let’s also try to ignore these weird, Cloverfield-esque film shorts AMC is really trying to get us hooked on. Let’s just forget about that, too.
Ready? You sure? Okay, then let’s go.
The Governor has talked his camp into a reluctant attack on the prison after kidnapping Hershel and Michonne to help him storm the prison. Supposedly, he’s doing this to keep his new family safe, and not for some personal vendetta. Not that it matters, Daughter 2.0 (also known as Megan) gets bit anyways when they’re waiting for him to come home.
When they arrive at the prison, The Governor/Brian gives Rick and the prison (I keep wanting to call them inmates?) until nightfall to leave the prison. When Rick refuses, Brian threatens to decapitate Hershel with Michonne’s sword. Sorry, did I say threaten? He does. He. Kills. Hershel. Butchers him, would actually be a better term. Now, not that I’m saying that the loss of Herschel wasn’t a terrible thing, but really, it would have been a much better tactical move to kill Michonne, don’t you think? Dying by her own sword, finishing off his mortal nemesis, and taking out one of the most powerful allies the prison has, all in one fell swoop. Then again, we’ve previously discussed how the Governor has lost any semblance of logic or sanity. Anyways, I almost cried, especially after the Talking Dead interview with Maggie and Hershel.
Needless to say, after that, everyone goes nuts. Bullets are flying, Michonne escapes, Lilly shows him Megan’s body. He takes her and shoots her in the head, and it’s pretty much readily apparent at this time that all he’s truly focused on is exacting his revenge, if I may be so trite. Maggie runs back for Glenn while the tank storms the castle—erm–prison–and Rick and The Brian—I mean the Governor—duke it out in hand-to-hand combat. Convenient how these big battlefield showdowns always avoid all the bullets and stuff, right?
Once again, we’re shown that Daryl is a freaking genius, using a walker as a shield, and then later tossing a grenade into the tank’s cannon.
Also, the kids have guns. So, there’s a great message for the show. The two girls shoot Alisha in the head before running off somewhere. So apparently, Lord of the Flies has now been incorporated into the show.
The Governor nearly chokes the life out of Rick, but is stabbed through the chest at the last minute by Michonne. then later finished off by Lilly. Rick runs off to find Carl—and succeeds, but has literally lost Judith. She’s gone, leaving nothing but a bloody crib behind (Personally, I think the kids took her and ran off, but you never know).
“Don’t look back,” Rick warns his son as they stumble away from the burning, metaphorical Sodom and Gomorrah. “Just keep walking.”
Personally, I’m just considering myself lucky that they didn’t kill off Daryl.