Waking Dead “Too Far Gone” Review

Here we are, we’ve already reached the mid-season finally of The Walking Dead and the Governor is knocking on Rick’s door… with a tank.

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Now that the Governor’s two episode “mini-series” is over, we’re back to business. I have to admit that I did enjoy the change of pace. I was starting to feel a little trapped in the prison with Rick and the rest of the group myself. Watching the Governor in a different light was enjoyable, seeing everything taken from him: his guns, his men, his town, his power. It changed him, but only for a little. We all knew it was only a matter of time before the evil inside him surfaced again–and after the last episode we can all agree he’s a monster once more. Maybe he never changed? If you were still wondering, this episode gave you a solid answer.

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We got down to business pretty fast in this episode with Michonne and Hershel getting snatched up by the Governor, using them as bartering chips for negotiation. I constantly find myself drawing the contrast between the Governor and an actual politician. He’s a smooth talking sociopath, he says what people want to hear and get’s what he wants at any cost. I guess pre and post-apocalyptic politics aren’t that different.

Hershel once again remains the voice of reason, forcing morality to the forefront of any argument. Hershel tries to talk the Governor into a more peaceful route, while trying to subdue Michonne’s feistiness, as they’re captured and turned into insurance for the attempted takeover of the prison. Even on his knees with a gun to his head, he pleads for peace. But the Governor has evolved, he doesn’t even like being called by his old moniker anymore. He resents every bit of his past and he’s let it go, even his hatred for Michonne for talking his undead daughter. He’s found something new to protect and much like Rick, he’s willing to do anything and everything to protect it or so it seems.

The two character’s grew even more and more similar as the story developed. Though, they both still have their own way of handling things. The Governor’s usually ends with a few graves being dug. But they finally had their showdown show down at the prison when he demands Rick’s exit.

David Morrissey has a stone cold presence in this episode. You can feel his determination to end this fight. But it’s matched by Andrew Lincoln’s passion in his search for resolve.

The shot where the Governor shows up with a small army at the fence of the prison and Rick, being the man he is, walks down, by himself, with just a pistol says it all to me. Rick is willing to take this on by himself if he has to but instead he offers a more diplomatic option. He follows Hershel’s suit and hopes to find a way to resolve this peacefully but the discussion ends with Herschel’s head rolling on the ground by the hands of the Governor and the aid of Michonne’s blade. Hershel was really the last bit of hope in the camp, the light that always slice through the darkness after he was gone that’s when all hell starts breaking loose as the prison turns into a battlefield.

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Those crying for action these last several episodes should’ve gotten their fill. Waves of bullets, crowds of zombies and explosions found screen time every other second.

It was chaotic watching the walls of the fortress disintegrate as the survivors did everything they could to defend each other: helping people out of the prison, holding off the Governor’s small militia.

As all this is going on we still see the newfound family the Governor vowed to protect fall suffer attack and his newly adopted daughter is bitten and killed. Lilly, the mother, brings her to him in the midst of chaos. She hands over her limp body and the Governor puts a bullet in her head without a second thought. Not only was this stunning but it reaffirmed the Governor’s true nature and Lilly who had fallen in love with this man, realizes it just as much. He’s not searching for love, happiness or peace, he wants power and everything else is just a step towards it, whoever gets hurt is just dust in the wind.

The suspense was out at unbearable levels throughout the episode. One moment in particular where bullets are raining upon Tyreese as he runs for cover stood out as the moment of the episode for me. As he’s cornered with no way out, two of the Governors men aim for the kill and they’re suddenly shot. Tyreese looks to his heroes and they’re two little girls with hands barely big enough to hold the gun. This is the point where everyone grows up, everybody is a solider in this war.

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These kids have been learning about the world and how they have to grow up faster, be prepare to do anything they have to–to live and this was a crash course. Watching these young girls put two bullets in the heads of people was surreal to say the least, but that’s the world they live in now.I was surprised how they touched on each character, giving them their small moments. So many things happen and of course the Governor and Rick enter a relentless fistfight. As they exchange blows you can feel the anger from the tension that’s built up over time but MIchonne ends it quickly, getting the revenge she has been seeking for so long. The two straggle away while the Governor grips on to his last bits of life only for them to be ended by Lilly, who had hope o avoid this all, with a gunshot to the head.

Much like at the end of season three where everyone was torn apart during the mayhem, all the survivors from the prison escape to safer grounds. All we have left is Rick and Carl stumbling their way out of the crumbling, burning pile of ruble they called home for a short time. As Rick tries to collect himself in his escape he looks for his daughter only to find a bloody cradle, it tears Rick and Carl apart. But they have to keep moving as the prison falls. Rick says, “Don’t look back Carl, don’t look back” and that serves as the perfect ending of the episode.

It’s funny. In a world overrun by the undead, men still find a way to create war. In a show based on a zombie apocalypse, it’s the zombies that take the back seat. In a way these kind of events are what remind us that this show is more about survival and humanity than it is about killing zombies. It’s about whose willing to go the farthest to see what the end looks like.

The explosive mid-season finale of The Walking Dead was just about as much as you could ask for. This season has been relatively unsteady. There’s been some ups and downs but if this is any indication of where it’s headed, I’m ready for it.

 SCORE: 9.5/10

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