The Governor Returns!
Good-bye Philip Blake! The Governor’s new name is Brian Heriot and he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. In this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, viewers learned what the Governor has been doing since we last saw him ride off with Martinez and that other dude in the season 3 ﬁnale. Essentially, he’s guilt-ridden over massacring his own people, and appears to be searching for redemption. The fact that he’s standing outside the prison in present day watching Rick & Co. leaves one wondering if maybe his intentions aren’t as nefarious as we ﬁrst believed, or could this all be a ruse? Though “Live Bait” was a much slower episode than what we’ve seen so far this season, the Governor-centric episode ﬁlled in the villain’s back-story and managed to answer the question of where he’s been and what he’s been doing that Michonne has been seeking answers to all season long.
Can You Ever Go Home Again? The episode started with the Governor, Martinez and other dude camping. It’s obvious the man is in a bad state, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise to Philip when he awoke the next morning to ﬁnd his comrades had taken off in the middle of the night. Months pass, and Philip ﬁnds himself taken in by a man, his two daughters Lily and Tara, and his granddaughter Megan. The Governor looks like any homeless man when he wanders into these people’s home, but this one looks broken. One of the ﬁrst things he does when he arrives is to hand over his weapons to the ladies. He barely speaks, and his appearance is scary as hell, but the family accepts him. Maybe because I know the crimes he’s committed, but I kept expecting him to slaughter these people in their sleep. He didn’t, but instead helped them out, and even killed the father after he died and then returned from the dead moments later. The scenes inside the house were a reminder of all that the Governor has lost, and would like to regain. While they were mostly filled with dialogue, the scenes were still chock-full of tension. The ladies didn’t deem to fully trust the newcomer, and the feeling appeared to mutual. That all changed when the Governor began to make friends with Megan – Lily’s little girl- who reminded him of his dead daughter Penny. (More…)