by Josh Leonard
Previously on “The Walking Dead,” an infection broke out in the prison, Rick kicked Carol to the curb, The Governor was awkwardly glorified as a good guy, Hershel met his demise, and the crew got separated.
The first part of season four of “The Walking Dead” had its ups and downs. I really enjoyed the internal battle at the prison dealing with the flu-like infection. Glenn is pretty much out of commission during the entire first part, which didn’t bother me whatsoever. Glenn’s character has really plummeted down the drain starting with the second half of season three, so not really seeing much of Glenn was good for me. I rather enjoyed this story-arc, changing up the pace with having the main antagonist be the infection.
Then Carol killed off a couple of side characters, trying to stop the infection from spreading throughout the entire prison. Rick puts his police pants back on and solves the case behind the murders, calling Carol out and eventually kicking her off the island – aka prison. I felt like the actions Carol made for the betterment of the group was a just cause, though a bit extreme. I don’t think Rick’s call to excommunicate Carol was a good call and a little contradictory to how he has acted in the past (killing Shane for the betterment of the group).
After the group receives the medicine Daryl and gang went to find, we change tides and have two entire episodes on what happened with The Governor after the fall of Woodbury. Two. Episodes. I would have been okay with one episode dedicated to The Governor and what he’s been doing, but two entire episodes just kind of killed it for me. The writers made The Governor out to be some sort of protagonist at the beginning and then had him fall down to his evil, natural ways by the end of the second episode. I didn’t like the fact the episodes dedicated to The Governor were made to try to get audiences to feel for him. The Governor is the bad guy! I don’t want to like the bad guy. That is why he is the bad guy.
Hershel and Michonne then get kidnapped by The Governor and held hostage, trying to get Rick and crew to get out of the prison. Rick says no and off with Hershel’s head, and then the awesome battle begins. Rick almost meets his demise as well, but is saved by Michonne as she pierces The Governor through his back. This was a jump-out-of-my-seat moment! As much as I enjoyed The Governor as the main villain, I was ready for him to get out of the picture. With the prison in rubble, the group is separated off into smaller groups, having to depart from their home and of course, I absolutely loved the entire battle scene. It was a great send off and mid-season finale.
Just judging by the trailer for the second part of season four, it looks like we are going to get a lot more one-shot episodes of the different characters paired off, seeing how they are dealing with the aftermath. I feel like Rick and Carl’s bond is going to grow, making them closer than before. I think we will also end up seeing Carol along the way. I hope the group all meets up again and tries to bring up their morale, starting fresh. I am also curious if we will get a new antagonist in the last half of the season or if the environment/walkers will be the antagonist.