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- Episode: Dead Weight (Season 4, Episode 7)
- Starring: David Morrissey, Audrey Marie Anderson, Jose Pablo Cantillo,Alanna Masterson
- Written By: Curtis Gwinn
- Directed By: Jeremy Podeswa
- Network: AMC
- Studio: American Movie Classics (AMC), Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures
The Walking Dead: Dead Weight Review
November 25, 2013
The trials of the Govenor
AMC needs to give The Governor his own show because his back to back solo episodes have been the best thing of this current season. They should also spin off and do a dramedy centered around Tara and Alicia has they navigate the difficulties of being lesbians in the zombie apocalypse.
This week’s episode is all about the death of Brian and the rebirth of The Governor, and it’s all thanks to Martinez. See, Martinez is now rolling with a new crew, a crew that by the way is missing Nameless Black Guy from last week’s episode. Turns out NBG is actually named Shumpert but he’s dead now and wasn’t important enough to get an on screen death.
Being the nice guy that he is, Martinez extends Brian and his family an invitation to join his camp where every citizen gets their own trailer. Only thing they need to do to get in is acknowledge Martinez is the king of the trailer park, and not be dead weight. Brian, in need of a humping place since the Hump Truck broke down last week, immediately accepts the conditions and he and his family officially become members of Camp Martinez.
Camp Martinez is your typical zombie apocalypse camp, where dudes hunt and the women stay home and cook. The camp has a decent size amount of nameless characters, most of them there to be killed in next week’s episode. Seems like a chill place under Martinez’s leadership. Leading the nameless mass takes a toll though, so Martinez offers Brian to share some of the leadership responsibilities and in doing so awakens the beast that is The Governor. After hearing Martinez’s proposal, instead of simply saying no, Brian snaps, goes into Governor mode and feeds Martinez to zombies. Yes, Martinez is dead, no more latinos left in the zombie apocalypse.
Brian doesn’t want anything to do with being a leader of a group yet so he hangs back and lets others take over. Unfortunately, the guy that takes over for Martinez (aka Pete) had a conscious, which Brian sees as weakness. Being weak in the zombie apocalypse will get you killed, so its obvious to Brian that in order to survive the only person fit to run the camp is The Governor and that Pete must be stabbed and dumped into the bottom of a lake. Once Brian makes that call it effectively marks The Governor’s return, this time for good and this time he has a tank!
If you’ve read the comics, you know the tank comes into play next week, if you haven’t read the comics you know the tank comes into play next week because they showed it in the next week’s previews right after this episode ended. So tune in next week for some tank action.