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  • Episode: Too Far Gone (Season 4, Episode 8)
  • Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Scott Wilson, David Morrissey, Chandler Riggs
  • Written By: Seth Hoffman
  • Directed By: Ernest R. Dickerson
  • Network: AMC
  • Studio: American Movie Classics (AMC), Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures
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Walking Dead: Too Far Gone Review

Mid Season Finale

By Hanso     December 02, 2013
Source: Mania.com

The Mid Season Finale
So good, so so good!  After what seemed like forever we finally got the prison showdown and it was almost everything we could’ve hoped for.   I say “almost” because I’m not 100% sure if Judith is dead or if next season they are going to do a flashback showing Tyreese grabbing her on his way out.  Also, I would’ve liked to have seen Rick lose some more of his people even if they weren’t key players amongst the groups.  Do we really need Tyreese’s sister?

Last episode we saw The Governor get the drop on Hershel & Michonne.  Turns out he kidnaps them to use them as a bargaining chip in order to capture the prison without hurting anyone.  Don’t know why but I believe him, he seems legit He also busts out the “I love you” and that just gets a girl every time.

Being the charismatic leader that he is, The Governor sells his crew on taking the prison and strolls down with them (minus Lily and Megan), and Hershel and Michonne to talk to Rick.  Rick being the little bitch that he is doesn’t want to talk cause he’s afraid of making decisions for the group so he is all like “We have a counsel.” And The Governor is like “We have a tank.”  Needless to say, The Governor is winning that conversation.

While all that is going down, The Governor had come up with the stupidest plan to try to keep his girl and adoptive daughter safe.  Instead of taking them to the prison negotiation, he leaves them near a river because zombies don’t do water.  That’s a great plan except that you aren’t in an island you fool!  What about the zombies coming behind you, or under you as poor Megan found out? 

Back in the prison, Rick is delivering a speech about how everyone can live together and how they are not too far gone, which by the way is a story arc from the comics, pertaining to where the group might be heading next.   The Governor ain’t having none of it, so he pulls a fatality on poor Hershel and chops Hershel’s head off. Yup, Hershel is dead and with that all hell breaks loose.  What happens next is a series of shootings, explosions, and running around.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Most of Rick’s group gets on a bus and gets the hell out of there

  • Maggie, Sasha, and Drunk Bob take off after the bus leaves them

  • Tyreese looked like he was going to follow his comic book counterpart until the little blond girl, possessed by the spirit of Carol, commits a hate crime and kills Alisha.

  • Daryl is a bad ass, uses a zombie as a meat shield and blows up the tank by himself.  He leaves the prison with Beth who is starting to look mighty good now that Carol is gone. 

There was also a Rick vs. The Governor brawl.  The Governor whoops that ass, and for a second there I thought the show was going to kill Rick off and turn the keys of the series to Carl.  But instead it’s the Governor who gets impaled by Michonne.  Finally revenge for Andrea!  However, all I say to that is “Boo!”  I’m tired of Rick, and I wanted him dead.  Not sure what happened to Michonne after that, she isn’t shown leaving the prison.  Rick finds Carl and gets out of there, looking really good for a guy who just got his ass kicked.  Not sure but when The Governor was pounding his face it looked like Rick’s eye was all messed up but when he leaves the prison with Carl it looks a lot of better.  Must be the healing power of Rick’s beard.

Anyway, we get a nice shot of the prison destroyed and over run with zombies, and Rick’s group is scattered in the wind. Overall, the season so far has been average, that flu storyline was no good but The Governor episodes and this one saved the season from being a bust.  What’s in store for the second half of the season is anyone’s guess but I’m hoping they deliver more of what they’ve done these past few episodes and less coughing.
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SinisterPryde 12/2/2013 1:52:47 AM

You forgot to mention Lily delivering the coup de grâce to Brian.  Er, the Governor.

I thought this episode was pretty intense and hope things move a long a little more now that they are finally out of the prison.

SarcasticCaveman 12/2/2013 2:14:13 AM

 I like to think I'm pretty good as suspending disbelief for a television show, especially one about zombies, but...

How far away are the camps from each other?

How many gas reserves can there really be when everybody on the show drives absolutely everywhere?

Do tanks run on regular unleaded?

Showdown was cool...was hoping Carl would die.





Dazzler 12/2/2013 4:00:24 AM

Tank should have drawn more walkers being so loud and all, they should have delayed until a huge pack of walkers came and helped them, with the fence still up and all.  And not just the shooting of the tank but the moving of the tank also is probably pretty loud.

I am glad they are getting away from the prison now also, but logically it's the best place to stay.  or find another prison with stone walls this time, come to Joliet home of the prisons. 

Great ep, will miss Hershal.  I quess I am getting used to main characters getting killed off.  I bet most people are getting used to that.  some would drop a show altogether losing main characters.  I think the show is teaching us not to get used to regular characters, wonder if that's a good thing however? 

I bet Michone was hoping Gov would turn into walker, no way that was happening. 


jedibanner 12/2/2013 5:09:43 AM

Great episode indeed. The showdown should've had more deaths like in the comic...feel like they kepts too many survivors go their seperate way.

But at least it was similar to the comic showdown so, that was a nice change.

redvector 12/2/2013 6:43:34 AM

I think the baby is dead they just didn't show it happening on screen. As far as the Gov. goes I'm glad  his storyline over. I was never sold on the character myself due to the actor playing him. They wasted a great character on a lousy actor. With his stiff, fake, bland accent and that's when he's not mumbling his lines.

gopherblaster 12/2/2013 6:51:25 AM

 How can the characters of this show have multiple head shots, but kept missing each other during this battle.  Rick and Tyreese should have been shot multiple times.

gopherblaster 12/2/2013 6:54:07 AM

 And Daryls meat shield?  Bullets would pass right through that walker.  


But I will still say good episode, waited long enough for it, but it was good.  Now lets get on to other storylines.

moonsunne 12/2/2013 7:29:10 AM

 i'm thinking now maybe Michonne snagged Judith. They had that connection a few weeks ago. That could be some interesting story telling with them on the run together

monkeyfoot 12/2/2013 7:32:51 AM

until the little blond girl, possessed by the spirit of Carol, commits a hate crime and kills Alisha.  LMAO!

I loved the episode and I really love the show. True the most intense well done episodes were the first season but that kind of thinking could be just because it was new then. I still don't get why people get upset when they have "slow" episodes or scenes. Do they want non-stop death and destruction constantly? It's not a videogame. Its a TV show.

Great speech by the Governor. I was ready to join up! I think he didn't want his new "wife" and "daughter" there becuase he didn't want them to see the type of person he would be to get the prison. I'm sure he was going to kill Michonne in some way even if they vacated the prison.

Yes, once you think about it there are some things that might be inconsistent like headshots and meat shields but you know what? I don't mind. I consider those the little inconsistencies of movie/TV magic. Like jumping harmlessly into a dumpster from a rooftop and such.


ddiaz28 12/2/2013 7:38:20 AM

Awesome episode with only minor quibbles.  I would have liked to see a little more resistance or questions from the peanut gallery when Gov is convincing them to attack.  I'm glad at least that Rick tried to appeal to the rest of the group, although he could have gone a little further and tell them the kind of man they were following.  But I guess he knew that the Governor would not have let that happen and killed Hershel sooner. 

Daryl taking on the tank was amazing.  My two "f*ck yeah" moments were when Lizzie and her sister took out Alisha and of course Michonne finally skewering the governor.  I loved how she didn't feel the need to kill him even though we know how much time she spent away from the prison trying to find him.  And I'm glad Lily got the chance to which was similar to the comics. 

I don't thing Little Ass Kicker is dead.  They would have seen a body if a walker had gotten her.  Another minor quibble was why were all the kids alone.  Wouldn't at least one adult have been watching them.  There were plenty of random people running to that bus.  Oh well. 

I was sad to see Hershel go.  Such a great character.  Hopefully Tyrese takes his rightful place alongside Rick now that only Darryl is left.  I honestly forget where the comic goes from here so I'm excited.  Maybe I'll go re-read it to get an idea.  But I think it will be back to traveling and regrouping when the show comes back.  It might be cool to see Rick and Carl go at it alone for a bit.  I guess there will be a few groups of people doing just that until they can all find each other again.  

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