THE WALKING DEAD Recap – “Dead Weight”

     November 24, 2013


On tonight’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, we spent the second straight week in the company of a new group of survivors, people who remain ignorant of the wolf in sheep’s clothing that’s lurking among the herd.  Luckily, this sidetrack only last two episodes as it looks like we’re in for a rematch of last season’s major aggressors on next week’s mid-season finale.  But before we get to the carnage to come, let’s take a look at the road that led to it.  Hit the jump for my recap and review of tonight’s episode, “Dead Weight”.

the-walking-dead-dead-weightLet’s get something out of the way before we go any further: I’m not a fan of the direction they’ve decided to take The Governor (David Morrissey), but I admire the commitment to the character that both Morrissey and the writing staff clearly have.  Last week’s reintroduction of The Governor made it seem as if he was at least taking the first steps on the path toward redemption, but this week flipped that all around in the time it took to swing a golf club.  Now, with The Governor rebuilding his forces and reassuming a position of leadership before mounting another assault on the prison, it just feels as if we’re retreading over old ground.  Let’s take a look at how we got to this point.

When last we left The Governor, he had taken the remaining members of the Chambler family – Lilly (Audrey Marie Anderson), Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Meghan (Meyrick Murphy) – under his wing.  While they avoided the Walker horde, the fell into the trap of The Governor’s former soldier, Caesar Martinez (Jose Pablo Cantillo), and his right-hand men, Mitch (Kirk Acevedo) and Pete.  While The Governor was willing to take on a new family and camp to replace those he lost, he was apparently unwilling to accept anyone else either in the position of authority or sharing that authority with him.  It’s all or nothing for The Governor now, and “Dead Weight” proved (once again) that he’s beyond redemption.

It didn’t really take much for the gubernatorial antagonist to snap, did it?  One minute, Martinez is drinking with him and driving some golf balls like the good old days, and the next minute, The Governor conks Martinez over the head and drags him into the Walker pit.  Then, he was only a kidney stab of Pete and a deal with Mitch away from going full-on Governor again.  That’s terrible news for Rick and the gang, as they’ve been ravaged by the virus that’s swept through the prison … and The Governor now has a tank.

the-walking-dead-dead-weight-david-morrisseyIt’s possible that The Governor is the one responsible for spreading the plague among the prisoners.  I don’t think we’ve quite seen the two timelines resolve just yet, so there’s still a chance that he has been feeding the Walkers infected rats while amassing his weapons cache and supplies back at the camp.  If The Governor isn’t behind the illness, then that plot element has been a waste, because it takes an interesting wrinkle away from his character and adds it to some mysterious and as-of-yet unidentified entity.  I guess we’ll find out next week!

How do you think it’s going to shake down on the mid-season finale?  The Governor has a renewed sense of purpose and a group of survivors who are hungry for a better existence, rather than the soft and coddled citizens of the town of Woodbury.  Oh, and they have a tank, so … How many casualties is Rick (Andrew Lincoln) willing to suffer after his group has already been so devastated by the disease?  We know The Governor can and will sacrifice every living soul under his command to get what he wants.  How hard is Rick willing to fight for a place that’s brought little more than misery and death?  It’s probable the prison group will flee before the wrath of The Governor, because I can’t imagine them rehashing the same plot of season three point for point.  Time will tell!

Rating: B-

Walker kills: Only five. (Two of them were just heads)

Casualties: Martinez, Campers, Camp survivor, Pete

Best effect: The Walker bog was a fun twist.

Best Kill: Okay, so the kill was lame, but it was pretty cool seeing Pete anchored to the bottom of the lake to start The Governor’s new collection.

Odds & Entrails:

the-walking-dead-season-4-david-morrisseyThe Governor: “My father used to beat me at everything.”

Meghan: “My dad was always mean to me.”

Martinez: “Contribute or be cast out. Can you live with that … Brian?”

Meghan: “Brian … it’s your turn.” Governor: “I’m thinkin’.”

Are Tara and Alicia the first gay couple on the show?

Alicia: “You always this full of shit?” Tara: “Yes I am.

Mitch: “Better listen to One-Eye Bri, Pete. I can never tell if he’s winkin or blinkin’, but you know how to regulate, don’t you?”

Mitch: “End of the world don’t mean shit when you got a tank.”

Meghan: “Is this a good camp?”

The Governor: “I don’t want it.”

The Governor: “Things are about to go very wrong here.”

The Governor to Mitch: “Work with me and you won’t have to worry about doing the right thing or the wrong thing, because we’ll do the only thing.”

The Governor: “Everybody loves a hero.”

I do like that The Governor is starting a new Walker collection in the lake, but that’s a helluva waste of good water.

The Governor: “Maybe we can find a better place, if we’re willing to fight for it.”

Will the mid-season finale start off with The Governor still lining up Michonne (Danai Gurira) in his sights?  Or will his plague plot be revealed?

Next week on the mid-season finale – The Governor: “They got walls, fences, peace of mind, nothing between us and them, if we’re willing to take it from them.”

Be sure to tune in next week for our recap and review of The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale, and take to the comments to let us know how it’s all going to go down!

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  • Leo Spaceman

    Looks like everything is lined up to play out a lot like how it played out in the comics.

    • Thal Sinestro

      They even got the tank. I wonder if Judith’s fate will be the same.

      • LEM

        That would be rough for a TV show to do.

      • JoeNiqua

        You could have at least said spoiler. Thanks for being a dick.

      • LEM

        It’s not a spoiler. They’ve changed too much from the comics for anything to count as a spoiler at this point.

      • Thal Sinestro

        I was being very vague. Not everyone knows what happened in the comic books. If it goes like the comic book then 90% of the prison population dies. That was me being a dick.

      • JoeNiqua

        Well, you were a dick both times. Why even be vague about it, everyone know’s what you meant. This is a review of the show, no one here wants you to ruin it because you want the internet to know you have the capability of reading a book full of colorful pictures.

        I am sure that most people believe that most of the prison is going to die but they don’t need some jerk off letting us know what happens in the comics. We all believe that you have read the books – is that the validation you’re looking for?

        Go back into your mom’s basement and troll some other comments section.

      • Thal Sinestro

        U must be some sort of detective deducing everyone lives in their mom’s basement like you. I initially said “Judith’s fate” which does not say what happens but you want to be high and mighty saying I should have used spoilers. I didn’t spoil anything. Apparently you do not have such capability since you have to wait for moving pictures learn about the story that may or may not happened in the tv show. Hershel dies too btw.

      • JoeNiqua

        So you didn’t spoil anything yet a sentence later you spoil something for a third time. Since common sense is obviously lost on you, start small (probably Twilight for you) then work your way up to big boy books. You can even do some based on movies so you can troll on the internet some more.

        P.S: it’s not being ‘high and mighty’ it’s being a decent person. No one wants you to come here and spoil key points from the book that will most likely come to fruition in the show – even if they are moving further away from the comics. You sound dumber with each comment, and I’m now afraid you may are probably a ‘special person’.

      • Guest

        Full of colorful pictures?

      • Cal
  • Leo Spaceman

    And that’s why you should never trust your Governor…Does anybody know who is currently governing Minnesota?

  • Matt1

    These last few episodes have been the worst of the series so far. I say build a good 2-season arc and go out like a boss, like Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad always had a definitive beginning and end. Walking Dead seems to just be in a path to nowhere.

    • LEM

      They change the people in charge almost every season so there is no clear idea what direction the show is going.

    • Kevin

      That’s the whole point. There is no big goal other than survival.

  • LEM

    So all this wasted time to bring us back exactly where we left off last season. It’s obvious that they wanted to redo the governor but doing it again so soon was a waste and just boring to watch.

    • Mark Brittain

      All they have done is hit the reset button and waste six episodes and kill a main character in Andrea what a joke……

    • trollhunter

      Well best stop watching it then yeah?!.

      • LEM

        No I should blindly like everything they do.

    • Btbcc12859

      No they didn’t redo the Governor. This is a story that leads up to the current events in the prison two weeks ago.

      • LEM

        Obviously but is it really different from last season? oh yeah he has a tank instead of a big truck.

  • Travis Gowen

    I thought they were really doing some great stuff with the first few weeks of the season dealing with disease, disagreement in the prison, fighting off walkers, etc. However, the Governor storyline has brought all of that to a close unfortunately. My only hope is that they bring this all to an end next week (I’m sure they won’t). The story has been rushed and absurd when looking at the probable amount of time it has happened in.

    This season we were promised the walkers would become a very real threat again. I guess they meant for just a few weeks because they clearly want the Governor to be the main villain, then after him it will be whoever attacked the camp and made the walker mud pie.

    • Leo Spaceman

      No, whoever attacked the camp is just a plot point for the Governor, they aren’t going to pop up again and no one made the Walker mud pie. The walkers just walked into mud and got stuck.

      • LEM

        Exactly, there’s no story to that besides framing the governors BS conclusion to attacking the prison.

  • trollhunter

    what a dumb review, awful!

    “I don’t think we’ve quite seen the two timelines resolve just yet” we clearly saw him watching Michonne and Hershel post episode 5 when they go out together after the illness plot was resolved.
    And why the fuck would it be bad thing or a “waste” if the governor had nothing to do with the virus/illness? That would be too obvious and cheesy! It was a decent plot meant for misdirection away from the governor story. And beside that some very good and strong character development has come from that storyline, mainly Hershel and Rick and Carl…”then that plot element has been a waste” ??? absolute idiot!

    • NoKidding

      AGREED 100% Horrible review. HOW is the governor feeding infected rats tot the zombies?

      • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

        It’s definitely not the Governor feeding the rats, as it’s clearly been happening from INSIDE the prison fence. Also, I highly doubt the Governor is “the responsible for the virus.” When Darryl’s group was on the supply run two weeks ago there was infected walkers at the veterinary school. Why would there be infected walkers that far away if it was the Governor?

        “If The Governor isn’t behind the illness, then that plot element has been a waste, because it takes an interesting wrinkle away from his character and adds it to some mysterious and as-of-yet unidentified entity.” Really? Nature taking it’s course (like it has all though out history) and ravaging the prison isn’t interesting? I would find it utterly ridiculous if somehow the Governor was engineering a highly contagious plague. The virus has served the story by clearing out most of the red shirts in the camp and left Rick and company at their weakest just when the Governor pops back up.

  • poppincherry

    I have to agree that the last two episodes could be described as THE WALKING BORE! Moreover the first few new episodes had that bullshit factor where people did stupid shit. The writers purposely played games to slow the momentum. Yet that carries with it a jump the shark feel.

    • LEM

      People do stupid shit all the time on this show and it’s infuriating.

  • Daniel Krueger

    I was confused by the Governor telling the “family” that they had to leave. So they take off, see the zombie bog — commericial break — and then they are suddenly back at the camp with in their trailer with no mention as to why they came back.
    As far as the story goes, I think this is about revenge and ego for the Governor. He wants revenge on Michonne for Penny and his eye. I think his ego is playing a bigger role in all of this. He was bested by the prison crew on his first attempt and his people abandoned him which, to him, made him look weak because his ‘soldiers” disregarded him as the commander. I think he cares little about the people his is with (except for the little girl) and is willing to sacrifice them with the end goal of taking out Rick and the crew.

    Whatever happens, this needs to be the last season (possibly last episode) with the Governor. If he stays too long, he turns into Sylar from Heroes who became a villan who overstayed his welcome.

    • Faptain America

      He’s genuinely conflicted. He says “I don’t want it” when he’s killing Martinez, he tries to leave the camp, he goes on a hunt with Pete/Mitch.
      But he sees that Martinez(drunk), Pete(soft), and Mitch(stupid) are not leaders, not like he can be. None are good enough to do “the only thing”, which is to do anything to survive. They must die.
      The zombie bog shows him again that he can’t just run from these monsters. He needs other people and a safe place. A walker attacks Meghan from behind a clothesline: the current camp is no Woodbury. So survival(and revenge) requires that “the only thing” to do is hit the prison. Unlike the camp he saw on the hunt, other survivors can’t just attack the prison…unless you have a tank.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I think you and SeaDogBoy are the two who actually explained what was happening. I normally understand a character’s motives in any show, but I couldn’t understand what the Governor’s reasons were for doing what he did this episode.

        Thanks. It is something that this review sure as s**t wouldn’t clarify.

    • SeaDogBoy

      I have seen these last two episodes as “Phillip” trying to cleanse himself of the Governor persona because down deep he really doesn’t want to be that person. He went so far as to strip himself to nothing and change his name to “Brian”. But when the people that he loves and cares for, be it his first family or this new one are in danger, no one is good enough to protect them but the anti-hero aka The Governor. He tells Martinez as he is killing him, “I don’t want to be that person”. He tries to run from what he is turning into with his new family but the bog walkers block his way. The only way he can save those that he loves is to become something he ultimately hates. Of course it is a flawed thought process but when you are a psychopath you do what you do. I have been enjoying this extra two episode peek into the mind of a person struggling with the demon inside of him. David Morrissey portrayal has been fantastic!

  • carl napolitano

    We are getting into Johnny Cakes territory! Lets get back to the plot line that was really getting interesting!

  • Scott Baiowulfgang Amadeus

    I’m curious about the “We need to strike before they realize their people are gone” line that the Governor tells his camp in the preview for next week that they showed on Talking Dead. With this episode ending with him spying on MIchonne and Hershel, I’m worried Michonne may get taken and receive her comic book torture after all, and Hershel may end up dead.

    • Leo Spaceman

      There was a small moment with the Governor with blood on his face and it looked like it was out side the prison and there was a moment where Hershel has a gun pulled on him. My guess would be that he is going to suffer Tyrese’s fate from the Comic books, after all they did suddenly start giving him character development and that is never a good sign for a character which is a shame because I like him.

  • Jim

    I can’t believe how many of you completely missed the fucking point of these two episodes. But really, it doesn’t seem like most Walking Dead fans that i’ve talked too have any idea what they want from the show to begin with.

  • Btbcc12859

    I think the lake was undrinkable. Earlier in the episode they mentioned there is no fish in the lake

  • Daniel

    I think the virus was started when daryl spat into the hand of the kid with glasses something in the saliva or whatever its just speculation but shit went down when that happened and they lingered on the shot on hands shaking…just saying

  • Cal

    I don’t understand why the plague HAS to be from the Governor or else be waste. The “mysterious and as-of-yet unidentified entity” is called human physiology. In this world humans don’t get the same access to nutrients that they used to, their bodies have to adjust. Also, any time you you combine two groups of people there’s usually some sickness that goes around as they all get used to each others bacteria and such.

    I like the plot point as is, because it’s realistic, it’s something people wouldn’t have necessarily considered. In fact this probably should have happened sooner to the group, but I understand that would have been hard to fit it in.