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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

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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