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Warning: If you have yet to watch 'Too Far Gone,' last night's midseason finale of 'The Walking Dead,' I'd highly suggest that you turn back now. The following piece contains big time spoilers.

When Season 3 of 'The Walking Dead' ended, many fans found themselves highly underwhelmed by the largely action free conclusion. Not only did we not get the long teased head to head battle between Rick's group and The Governor, we got no real resolution to any of the season's dangling plot threads.

Last night's episode, 'Too Far Gone,' is in many ways what the Season 3 finale should have been. The Governor led an army to take over the prison. Rick was steadfast in his refusal to allow that. Several important characters shuffled off this mortal coil, many more were wounded, and much emotional catharsis was had.

HerschelThe hardest loss is obviously Herschel Greene (Scott Wilson), a character that spent most of Season 2 as an antagonist to Rick, before finally coming to his senses. Seasons 3 and 4 have seen Herschel blossom into the baddest man on one leg, and a real fan favorite. Darryl may get all the attention, but Herschel was the backbone of the group. His guidance and even temper will be sorely missed. There will surely be situations from here on out where both we the audience, and characters like Rick and Glen stop to wonder the following: "What would Herschel do?"

Now we go from perhaps the most sympathetic character on the show to the most vile. Whether you want to call him Phillip, Brian, or simply "The Governor," David Morrissey spent the last few episodes embarking on a quest to make 'TWD' fans discover previously unknown levels of hatred. It briefly looked like The Gov might actually have changed, but we all knew that wouldn't last. A tiger can't change its stripes, and a self serving bastard like The Governor can't either.

The Governor

While I was shocked when The Governor used Michonne's sword to relieve Herschel of his head, the character's real defining moment came when he unflinchingly put a bullet in the side of little Megan's deceased head. At that point, it all came together. The Governor didn't give a damn about ensuring Megan and Lily's safety. Sure, he liked them, but his real goal never stopped being murdering Rick and his group. The prison was never the goal. Rick could have gotten everyone ready to leave, and The Governor would have killed them all anyway.

That all said, I wish it had been either Michonne or Rick that got to deliver the final death blow to The Governor. I appreciate what the writers were going for in having Lily do it, but we barely know her. As happy as I was to see The Gov meet his maker, having an underdeveloped character kill him robbed the scene of some of its power.

Finally, there's the question of little Judith. The clear implication (at least certainly the one that Rick and Carl seem to believe is true) is that the child was taken from its carrier by Walkers, and probably devoured alive. Personally, I don't think even 'The Walking Dead' is mean enough to do something like that. I am confident that Judith will be found alive in February's return episode, and that the blood will be explained away in some other fashion.

So, what do you guys and gals think? Did 'Too Far Gone' deliver what you wanted out of a midseason finale? Should Herschel have survived? Is Judith still alive? Will The Governor rot in hell? Discuss.


Details
Network:
- amc
Show:
- The Walking Dead

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Dec 2nd, 2013, 2:13 am

Images courtesy of AMC

saffronsghost

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Message Posted On Dec 3rd, 2013, 8:10 pm

\/  Clueless.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 3rd, 2013, 5:51 am
So and so episode. There where MANY explainable things. Off the top of my head : 1) Michonne rolling around in front of everyone, and no one gives a damn. 2) Governor chasing to kill the man with half his head off instead of Michonne or Rick (and they were his main antagonists not poor Herschel). 3) 40 guys (and gals) shooting at Rick (who was without any cover, till the car) and only one bullet finds him on the leg. 4) Rick jumps on Governor and WWE (wrestling) him instead of killing him (with anything, even a rock) 5) Rick gets saved by his son out of all the people... That's only 5 out of many... It was a quite good episode, but too exaggerated for me.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2013, 4:41 pm
I assumed the baby is dead. They went about it the easiest way they could for a show on tv. Yes it is sad but from the writers stand-point, its a lot easier to write future scripts without having to write in a baby.
matt4848

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Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2013, 7:37 am

I think Judith is also dead. Showing a younger child get bit, is one thing, but an on screen 'death of a baby' is still too much for even cable to air. I don't think anyone else would have gotten her out - Emily probably was the one to place the stroller where it was, in sight, and close to keep watch, but after Hersel's end, she probably lost her awareness, due to the emotional shock.

The only thing I didn't like.... is right now Hersel's head, is still on the ground, about to turn. We never let our own turn... and everyone is running away at this point. The thought of his head turning.... :(

matt4848

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Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2013, 7:30 am

The reason why Lily got the kill, was because Lily was also the one to kill him in the comics.

matt4848

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Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2013, 7:29 am

The govenor is confirmed dead. I thought the bullet could have missed too, but once your on "In Memorandium" on Talking Dead, and the cast/Robert Kirkman talks about your sendoff... You're offically dead.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2013, 3:26 am
As for the governor, he died in comics. The thing is that there are MANY diferancies between them (for example Rick's wife Lori dies giving birth in TV series, but in the comic she dies leaving the prison after the attack) As I said below, I thing Judith is dead...
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2013, 3:21 am
Judith is dead as it is in the comic (she died leaving the prison with Rick's wife). <br/> They couldn't show a baby dead or being devoured on TV and this is as close to an answer as we will get. <br/> I would be very surprised if she lives in the buss or whatever... <br/> She is a human siren and will always put the group she is with in constant danger, among other things (finding milk, diapers, etc and production wise it is difficult to have a baby on set for so many hours cooperating...).<br/> So it was a convenient and heartbreaking way of her going out of way.
spidey07

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Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2013, 3:08 am

i believe that judith was taken when the bus left! ur right i dont think TWD would be that mean to have a baby killled by the walkers! secondly,  dont think the govenor was killed by judith! she was shakin like a leaf when she took that shot!!! i thinkk we'll see the biggest antagonist of twd back on the show! ive never folllowed the comic books so i dont have that insight if he actually died in them!

Scotsmania

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Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2013, 2:52 am

For a minute i thought he was going to be left turning into a zombie, in otherwords a degrading death. Tbh the episode really wasn't very good, all it did was tie up a storyline that should have been finished with the end of last season. Both the writing and acting were also poor in this episode.

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