So just so we're clear then:
Originally Posted by Tohya
Body moving without blood or nutrients = good story telling.
Water existing somewhere in Georgia where it doesn't exist in real life = bad story telling.
I started watching this show early on Season 3, around the whole time the plot with the Governor's camp happened. I slowly tried catching up with the series but I have yet to watch most of seasons 1 and 2, so a lot of references will probably be lost on me. Still I've enjoyed what I've seen, as the show mostly focuses on the present, without much time to reminiscence.
While I have enjoyed the events this season, I have to say that until this last episode not much of progression has really happened. The only event of note this season was Rick finding out Carol killed those two other dudes early in the season and vanishing her from the prison.
Words can't express how much I hate the Governor, so seeing two episodes in a row starring him that serve as nothing but a setup to the finale is quite a hard pill to swallow. Really wished they would have condensed them into one, or airing the first one earlier.
The mid-season finale really pulled all the stops, with great character moments and an awesome final confrontation. I'm not going to review the episode as much as I'll comment on the more notable moments of it.
- Not a fan that the Governor knocks out Michonne so easily at the beginning. Sure, he caught her off guard, but I guess I expected better of Awesome Samurai Girl.
- The scene with the Governor, Michonne and Hershel in the trailer is great. We get some foreshadowing with Michonne's "I'm going to kill you" line, and Hershel managing to shut the Governor up with the mention of his two daughters. Hershel was the oldest and wisest member of Rick's team, always knowing the smart thing to say, so it was sad to see him go at the end, and in such a brutal way.
- Really trollish moment with Tyresse discovering the rat nest and immediately getting interrupted by the explosion. Also I wanted to witness his reaction to Rick telling him about Carol, but nope, we don't get that either.
- Can't say I felt anything when Meghan died by being bitten. I was actually more bothered by the fact Lily just stood there watching the zombie sloooowly crossing the river, when the first thing she should have done as soon as she spotted the zombie was check on Meghan and safeguard her. Maybe this will lead to Lily going insane and playing the role of the Governor for the remainder of the season? I don't think she died by the episode's end.
- I really like Rick's speech. It does indeed feel honest, and for a moment you really believe the bad guys buy it. I specifically like the moment were he addresses Tara, and asks her if this is what she wants. It's like Rick was scouting the faces of everyone looking for the most obvious "I don't want to be here" person, and he kinda nailed it.
- My biggest gripe with the episode, mainly because it's a huge, huge, HUGE cheat, is right after the Governor kills Hershel and all hell breaks loose, where Michonne just runs for cover between the cars. Come on, sure shots were being fired, but Team Governor had like 20 dudes on his side. Are you seriously telling me that no one paid attention to that other hostage they had, giving her ample time to remove the ropes from her hands and even get her weapon back? Even the Governor, who always had a grudge against Michonne, chose to just grab Hershel's dying body and stab him again. I know Michonne needed to survive for poetic justice, but come on, they could have come up with something better.
- Best moment in the episode is easily Lizzie and Mika killing the guy from the Governor's team, which is followed by Alisha looking at the girls in disbelief, but before she has time to react she gets headshotted. Tyresse's reaction is the icing on the cake.
- Daryl getting almost bitten and then cutting to the next scene, then cutting back to Daryl using the zombie as a shield also feels like a cheat. The first scene should have cut earlier.
- Another great moment is Daryl shoving a grenade through the tank's cannon, effectively disabling it. I love the look on Mitch's face when he looks at it burning right before Daryl arrows him. He really loved his tank.
- So I guess they're all separated now. Hershel is dead. Judith is missing. Carl and Rick left together. Glen, Jeanette, and some extras got on the bus. Tyresse went with Lizzie and Mika, and I think the other two kids. Maggie, Bob and Sasha were left on their own. Daryl and Beth (who couldn't find Judith) ran on their own. Not sure where Michonne went. Guess we have two months to find out.
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