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The Walking Dead: Dead Weight

The Governor continues to practice his pattern of deception with a new group of survivors. Everything comes full circle as he visits a familiar place.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x7
Airdate: Sunday November 24th, 2013

Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Writer: Curtis Gwinn

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Nov 29, 2013
DK (DR3) Feb 23, 2014

  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (10 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Alanna Masterson
As Tara Chambler (Travelling With The Governor, Sister of Lilly)
Recurring
Audrey Marie Anderson
As Lilly Chambler (Travelling With The Governor, Sister of Tara)
Recurring
Jose Pablo Cantillo
As Caesar Martinez (Former Woodbury Soldier, Leader of New Camp)
Recurring
Kirk Acevedo
As Mitch Dolgen (Member of Martinez's Camp, Brother of Pete Dolgen)
Recurring
Meyrick Murphy
As Megan Chambler (Daughter of Lilly Chambler)
Recurring
Enver Gjokaj
As Pete Dolgen (Member of Martinez's Camp, Brother of Mitch Dolgen)

Co-Guest Stars
Juliana Harkavy
As Alisha (Member of Martinez's Camp, Tara's Girlfriend)
Recurring
Amy Dionne
As Woman #1

Uncredited
Emily Chandler Westergreen
As Prison Walker
Recurring
Randy Gonzales
As Camp Survivor
Main Cast
Andrew Lincoln
As Rick Grimes
Chandler Riggs
As Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
As Michonne
Scott Wilson
As Hershel Greene
David Morrissey
As Governor Phillip Blake

Recap

The governor is hand washing laundry while Megan stares at a chessboard. The scene has cuts of them being pulled out of the pit by Martinez. At the board, The Governor explains that letting her win wouldn't really be her winning. He mentions that his dad never let him win either. This leads her to ask if his dad was mean, and then if he, The Governor, was bad. He tells her that the answer to both questions is "Sometimes." Megan thinks about it, then has a moment where she gets sad because her dad was always mean. The Governor, now Brian, is worried and reassures her that it was not her fault, and that she is good. After Megan takes a turn, Brian stares off into space to think. As the camera pulls out, we see a trailer and a tank side by side. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 11.29 Million Viewers



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bear McCrearyThe Walking Dead Main TitleOpening Credits, Closing Credits


Episode Quotes
The Governor: Your move, pumpkin.
Megan: I'm thinking.
The Governor: You can't think forever, sooner or later you've got to make a move.
Megan: You never let me win anyway.
The Governor: Well that wouldn't be winning. That's what my daddy used to say. He used to beat me at chess too. Heck, he used to beat me at everything.
Megan: Was your dad mean?
The Governor: Sometimes.
Megan: Were you bad?
The Governor: ...Sometimes.

Martinez: If you do come back with us, there's two things you have to accept. One, I'm in charge. Two, no dead weight. That goes for everyone. Contribute, or be cast out. Can you live with that, Brian?

Martinez: If it was just you in that pit I wouldn't have brought you into the camp. If it weren't for the people you were with, the girl. You seem different now, changed. Are you?
The Governor: I am.
Martinez: Good.

Pete: Man, what happened here? I mean, what the hell is going on in this cabin? Was he storing those biters?
Martinez: They were his wife and kid, man.
Pete: No, they were biters. What about those heads?
Martinez: Belonged to the guys who did the wrong thing to the wrong man.
The Governor: Probably best not think too much about it.
Mitch: Better listen to One Eye Bri, Pete. I can never tell if he's winking or blinking, but you know how to regulate. Don't you, Bri? He was always like this, Martinez?
Martinez: Oh, yeah. Ice in the veins. You should have seen him back in the day.

The Governor: We need to leave, it isn't safe here anymore.
Lilly: What are you talking about? I'm the only nurse in camp, Tara's got Alisha, what about Megan?
The Governor: Things are about to go very wrong here. It's happened to me before and I can't put you and Megan through that. Can't lose you again.
Lilly: What about Pete? You said he was a good man.
The Governor: I was wrong.



Episode Goofs
Continuity:

When The Governor knocks on the door of Pete's camper, his knuckles leave marks in the dust on the window. A second later, when Pete lets him in and The Governor closes the door, there are no visible marks on the window any more.




Episode References
Season 4, Episode 6: The Governor was taken in by a family in 4x06 "Live Bait" and ran into Martinez at the end of the episode.

Season 4, Episode 5: The Governor drives to the prison at the end of the episode to see Rick and Carl digging in the garden. This happened from Rick and Carl's point of view in 4x05 "Internment", and the storyline's are now meeting up.



Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerCaleb Womble  |  Matthew Negrete  |  Channing Powell
Associate ProducerKenneth Requa
Unit Production ManagerTom Luse
First Assistant DirectorJeffrey F. January
Second Assistant DirectorMatthew Goodwin
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorThomas Golubic
Costume DesignerEulyn Womble
HairstylistT.A. Henderson
Set DecoratorKristen Walker
Location ManagerMike Riley
Script CoordinatorSteve Sharlet
Assistant EditorDaniel Liu
Supervising Sound EditorJerry Ross
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
LeadmanDan Post
Stunt CoordinatorRussell Towery
Art DirectorDoug Fick
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Trujillo McKibben
Key Makeup ArtistJake Garber  |  Donna M. Premick
Key HairstylistTaylor Knight
Post Production AssistantNels Carlson
Steadicam OperatorGlenn Brown
Makeup ArtistGino Crognale  |  Kevin Wasner  |  Garrett Immel  |  Andy Schoneberg
Best Boy GripTom Barrett
"B" Camera OperatorRichard Cantu
Special Effects Make-upGregory Nicotero  |  Howard Berger
Construction ForemanCraig Davenport
Location CastingLisa Mae Fincannon  |  Craig Fincannon
"C" Camera OperatorStephen Campbell (1)
Writers' AssistantAlexander White
Best Boy ElectricSteve Sudge
VFX SupervisorVictor Scalise
Location Casting AssociateJen Ingulli
Knb SupervisorCarey Jones
Scenic ForemanJeffrey Williamson
 
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