What an episode Live Bait and Dead Weight were! I have to admit that these two episodes are the equivalent of flipping over upside down turtles. In the beginning the Gov’s closest allies, Shumpert and Martinez, clearly saw that their boss belonged to an asylum so they abandoned him and his life’s priority of seeking blood-thirst revenge. With nowhere to go, he roams the open-world alone and with each step he takes, I see his hope meter dwindling lower and lower. This drastically changes when he meets a family of four–Lily, Tara, Megan, and the father–who are taking shelter in an unsafe apartment. He sees Penny inside Megan and he begins to open his heart by getting oxygen tanks for her grandfather and teaching her chess. As a brain gradually loses knowledge when not studying, the Governor’s lost his touch of the “art of war” and we’re witnessing a noble, humble, vulnerable human being named Brian Heriot.
As I was watching Dead Weight, I kept repeating “Redeem yourself! Hallelujah!” Brian joins Martinez’s group and everything appears to be fine, except this certain tug Brian can’t get rid of. He gets the finger when his love, Megan, tells Martinez she feels safe for the very first time now that she and her family are in his group. Control is what Brian hungers for. He drags Martinez toward the pit of walkers when the two are alone. If you ask me, Martinez deserved it as he was a complete jerk with a “Look at me! The Governor is now my personal butler and caddie” complex. Pete is also killed due to the fact that he is too righteous and too much of a momma’s boy. His brother, Mitch, is told of Pete’s misfortune and is persuaded, successfully, to join the Governor because he has no sense of right and wrong. Will Mitch keep calling Brian “One Eye Bri”?
Lily sees no need of finding better shelter until Megan is almost killed by a walker who breaches the camp. Thank the Governor for rescuing his Pumpkin v2.0 just in time!
The scene shifts over to the present: He focuses on Rick and Carl who are eating scrumptious, home-grown peas. He unholsters his pistol but considers it to be too easy. Chatter off in the distance–he sees Hershel and Michonne–the katana wielding soldier who killed his original Pumpkin–and the credits are rolled as his finger is about to pull the trigger.
If I were the Governor in that time and place, I would kill Hershel. Michonne would only live to see the people she cares so deeply for die in front of her one by one.
I would love to see a Governor spin-off! I know he’s evil, but I still have this fondness for him. And these two episodes obviously shows he can hold his own show. Funny thing is, David Morrissey does have his own show where he is a detective in Thorne.