'The Walking Dead' Recap: The Tale of the Governor
'The Walking Dead' Recap: The Tale of the Governor
Megan Cole
Megan Cole
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
In last week's episode, Hershel risked his life to keep his sick patients from (a) dying and (b) giving up hope. After what seemed like an eternity, in which both Glenn and Sasha almost died, Daryl's group finally returned to the prison with the medical supplies Hershel needed to save his patients. Rick told Maggie and Hershel what happened with Carol, but put off having that conversation with Daryl. And The Governor was spotted looking at the prison like it was the last parachute in a crashing plane.

In this week's episode, "Live Bait," we learn more about what the Governor has been up to for the past few months and meet several new characters who will probably be dead by mid-season. Read on to find out if this week's  episode of The Walking Dead can deliver that mix of sweet zombie action and rich character development we crave.

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The Governor Moves Forward

This week's episode picks up at the moment we last saw the Governor, as he gets into his truck with his two henchmen and drives away from the Woodbury residents he just murdered. The next morning, he wakes up to find that his henchmen have abandoned him because anyone with any semblance of self-preservation is not going to stay with a guy so prone to shooting his own people.

The Governor returns to Woodbury and burns the whole place to the ground. He spends the next few months on the road alone before he stumbles across an apartment building and the few people still living there.

The family staying there -- two women, one man and one little girl -- welcome the Governor into the building on the condition that he leaves them be. The Governor introduces himself as "Brian" and says he only plans to stay for one night. During said night, the women ask "Brian" to help get their father into bed and the Governor goes along with it. The old man asks the Governor to grab a backgammon set from one of the apartments above because it may be the only thing that can get the little girl to smile again.

While getting the backgammon set, the Governor finds a walker in the bathtub and steals the gun the man used to kill himself. He also learns that his new friends have no idea how to kill walkers, as one of them shot the walker in the body instead of the head. The next morning, he tells the older sister, Lilly, the proper procedure required to kill walkers and she asks him to get more oxygen tanks for her dying father. For some reason, the Governor decides to help her out.

The Governor Gets an Insta-Family

After risking his neck to get two oxygen tanks for the dying man, Lilly sees that the Governor has been injured and offers to clean his wound. She used to be a nurse so helping someone gives her a purpose again. While she is working on him, her daughter, Megan, comes in and she leaves them alone together to go get ointment. This seems like a horrible idea, but the Governor is rather kind to the little girl, possibly because she reminds him of his dead daughter.

Alas, the dying father dies shortly thereafter and almost eats one of his daughters when he turns. The Governor kills the guy, saves the girl and buries the man's body. Later, the Governor decides to move on, but Lilly insists that they are going with him. He tries to blow her off, but she says he is stuck with them now. The Governor relents and basically gets a whole new family despite being a crazy psychopath.

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The Governor's Past Catches Up with Him

On the road, the Governor has a nice bonding moment with the younger sister, Tara, but little Megan is still afraid of him because of that incident where he bashed her walker-grandpa's brains in. Also on the road, the Governor hooks up with Lilly. Just a heads-up, Lilly: becoming the Governor's girlfriend is not a good idea. Just ask poor Andrea, who I still miss terribly.

When the group's truck breaks down and they run across a herd of walkers, little Megan decides to trust the Governor again and runs into his arms. As Lilly and an injured Tara follow behind them, Megan and the Governor end up falling in a pit containing several walkers, but the Governor manages to kill them all rather violently. As he promises Megan that he will always protect her, we hear machine-gun fire and Martinez appears above the pit, seemingly shocked to see his old boss.

Will Martinez tell the Governor's new family the truth about the man they are trusting with their lives? Or will the Governor show his true colors and push them away all on his own? Did anyone else think Lilly sounded a lot like Andrea? Was that intentional or just a weird coincidence?

Perhaps it is my bias against the Governor, but this episode did not interest me. I usually love character-centric episodes, but this just did not feel like an episode of The Walking Dead. And since it focused on a minor character who will probably revert to form in next week's second Governor-centric outing, I am not sure why we needed this episode devoted solely to him.
What did you think of this week's episode? Do you think the Governor's new family will survive past mid-season or are they goners? Will the Governor go crazy and kidnap little Megan or will he try to make things work with Lilly and become both a husband and father again? After Tara mentioned her sexuality, were you surprised to learn that some non-straight people are still alive in the zombie apocalypse? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments section.

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9pm on AMC.

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