By Joshua Leonard, Reviewer
The Governor is back! But, not how you might think…
The “Live Bait” episode is fully about The Governor and what he has been up to since the demise of Woodbury at the end of season three. I was pleasantly surprised how this episode panned out.
I was expecting to see The Governor in rare form after he lost his town; seeking ways to get revenge on Rick and crew. The episode was exactly the opposite. The Governor is more or less a broken man feeling like he has nothing left to live for. Even his right hand man Martinez ends up leaving him, leaving The Governor all alone.
We see The Governor in full beard and long hair. I know this was for the comic fans, that is how The Governor looks in the comics. He is just aimlessly meandering around alone. A ‘biter’ even slowly approaches The Governor and he just sweeps to the side and keeps walking.
Then the episode takes a turn I was not expecting. The Governor meets two sisters, one having a daughter, and a grandpa. The grandpa has stage-four cancer and is dying. One of the sister’s asks The Governor, whom he lied to and said his name is “Bryan,” to get some more oxygen tanks from an old folks home just up the street. To my surprise, The Governor goes on this hero’s quest to get the O2 tanks. This scene was pretty neat with all of the geriatric zombies crawling around, trying to attack The Governor.
Of course, old Grand-pappy dies and turns into a walker; trying to kill one of his daughters. The Governor has to brutally mash grandadda’s head in right in front of his kids and granddaughter. Later, we see The Governor looking at a picture of him and his wife and daughter whom are long gone. He takes a lighter and burns the picture. I thought this was particularly crucial to The Governor’s story-arch; showing how he is letting who he used to be and the life he used to have die in the past with his wife and daughter.
The Governor takes the ladies and the little girl across country in an attempt to find some other place to stay. The Governor ends up getting a little freaky with the oldest sister during the little trip cross country.
With the way The Governor looks at Lilly (Oldest sister) and Meagan (her daughter), it seems as if he is replacing his old family with these two. It is kind of twisted, but in a weird way I understand why he would do this. Meagan reminds him of his daughter that Michonne took from him (even though she was already a walker) and Lilly reminds him of his wife.
The truck ends up breaking down, causing The Governor and his new family to hoof it. They run into a small horde of walkers. Maegen freezes up in fear as the others are calling to her, trying to get her to run into the woods away from the horde. The Governor cries towards Meagan to get her to run with them. This scene was pivotal as you can see in The Governor’s eye how much he has taken a liking to Meagan because he looks at her as his own. Finally Meagan runs up to The Governor and they make their way into the woods.
Meagan and The Governor fall into a pit with three zombies. This scene was absolutely amazing. The walkers keep trying to attack Meagan as The Governor fights them off…which brings me to my favorite zombie-kill-of-the-week!
Only one walker remains and is going after Meagan. The Governor grabs an old human bone that is in the pit, shoves the bone in the mouth of the walker like a horse’s bit and rips off the walker’s head by pulling back as hard as he can. Super gross and awesome!
The Governor runs up to Meagan, telling her he will never leave her. Meagan and The Governor look up to see that the trap was set by The Governor’s old friend, Martinez.
“Live Bait” was a pretty awesome episode. We got to see a different side of The Governor that I felt was an honest attempt for him to become a different man and start a new life. He showed compassion and wanted to start anew. The next episode seems to all be about The Governor again so I am very excited to see how things turn about. I think The Governor is going to keep up his new-life-turnover until he ends up running into either Michonne or Rick. I believe that is when he is really going to go all bananas again. Until then, I think “Bryan” will be taking over for The Governor for a while. Tune into The Muleskinner next week for another review!