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The Walking Dead: Dead Weight

Rescued by his former soldier, Martinez, the former Governor tries to keep his place in his camp. However, circumstances arise that push him to take action.

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

Guest Stars
Audrey Marie AndersonAudrey Marie Anderson
As Lilly Chambler
Jose Pablo CantilloJose Pablo Cantillo
As Caesar Martinez
Kirk AcevedoKirk Acevedo
As Mitch Dolgen
Alanna MastersonAlanna Masterson
As Tara Chambler
Meyrick MurphyMeyrick Murphy
As Meghan Chambler
Enver GjokajEnver Gjokaj
As Pete Dolgen

Co-Guest Stars
Juliana HarkavyJuliana Harkavy
As Alisha
Amy DionneAmy Dionne
As Woman #1

Emily Chandler WestergreenEmily Chandler Westergreen
As Prison Walker
Randy GonzalesRandy Gonzales
As Camp Survivor
Main Cast
Andrew LincolnAndrew Lincoln
As Rick Grimes
Chandler RiggsChandler Riggs
As Carl Grimes
Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
As Michonne
Scott WilsonScott Wilson
As Hershel Greene
David MorrisseyDavid Morrissey
As Governor Phillip Blake


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

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

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

DeveloperFrank Darabont
Executive ProducerGail Anne Hurd  |  Robert Kirkman  |  David Alpert  |  Tom Luse  |  Scott M. Gimple  |  Greg Nicotero
Co-Executive ProducerSeth Hoffman  |  Denise Huth
Supervising ProducerNichole Beattie  |  Curtis Gwinn
ProducerPaul Gadd  |  Jolly Dale  |  Angela Kang
Co-ProducerCaleb Womble  |  Channing Powell  |  Matthew Negrete
Associate ProducerKenneth Requa
Production DesignerGrace Walker
EditorJulius Ramsay
CastingSharon Bialy  |  Russell Scott (2)
Unit Production ManagerTom Luse
First Assistant DirectorJeffrey F. January
Second Assistant DirectorMatthew Goodwin
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorThomas Golubic
Costume DesignerEulyn Womble
HairstylistT.A. Henderson
Set DecoratorKristen Walker
Location ManagerMike Riley
Property MasterJohn Sanders
Production Sound MixerMichael P. Clark
Script CoordinatorSteve Sharlet
Assistant EditorDan Liu
Supervising Sound EditorJerry Ross
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
LeadmanDan Post
Director of PhotographyMichael Satrazemis
Stunt CoordinatorRussell Towery
Art DirectorDoug Fick
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Trujillo McKibben
Based On The Works OfTony Moore (2)  |  Charlie Adlard  |  Robert Kirkman
Key Makeup ArtistDonna M. Premick  |  Jake Garber
Art Department CoordinatorAndi Crumbley
"A" Camera OperatorGlenn Brown
Key HairstylistTaylor Knight
Post Production AssistantNels Carlson
Steadicam OperatorGlenn Brown
On-set DresserKonrad Lewis
Makeup ArtistGino Crognale  |  Kevin Wasner  |  Andy Schoneberg  |  Garrett Immel
Best Boy GripTom Barrett
"B" Camera OperatorRichard Cantu
Special Effects Make-upHoward Berger  |  Greg Nicotero
Construction ForemanCraig Davenport
Location CastingCraig Fincannon  |  Lisa Mae Fincannon
"C" Camera OperatorStephen Campbell (1)
Writers' AssistantAlex White
Best Boy ElectricSteve Sudge
VFX SupervisorVictor Scalise
Location Casting AssociateJen Ingulli
Scenic ForemanJeffrey Williamson
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