Don't read this article if you haven't seen The Walking Dead's season 3 finale, "Welcome to the Tombs." Or, you know what? Go ahead and read it anyway, because not much happened.
Season 3 had been building to what we assumed would be a violent conclusion. But the season finale robbed us of any catharsis, deliberately dodging any signficant action sequences and ending the season with almost no resolution. Sure, it gave us some great Carl/Rick scenes, but it clearly and deliberately avoided giving us the violence it'd been promising.
Sure, there's a good argument to be made that the show was being brave by not making its season finale hyperviolent. I could even appreciate the idea to end the season on a quieter note, but the series very clearly wanted us to think that the season was building up to something massive. We got to watch the deep breath before the plunge, but there was no plunge -- just an exasperated sigh from the audience.
I haven't decided if I'll be returning to the Walking Dead when it returns in the fall, but someone has: actor David Morrissey, who plays the Governor.
Yes, the Governor survived, after inexplicably killing most of his army and riding off with his two main henchmen. He just took a jeep and rode off into the sunset -- to return next year in a regular capacity, apparently.
Again, I can appreciate the series for doing something unexpected -- I certainly had no inkling that the Governor would survive. And I'm happy David Morrissey still has a job -- he's a fantastic actor that lended the Governor a certain humanity that was fascinating to watch. But really, what's left for the character to do? He's already gone completely crazy, and the biggest threat he was able to muster killed approximately zero characters at the prison.
If I had to wager a guess, I would say that showrunner Glen Mazarra's departure from the series was due to creative differences regarding this. That might also be the reason for my departure from the series.
What about you? What did you think about "Welcome to the Tombs" and the Governor's survival?
The Walking Dead season 4 will premiere in October.