Too Far Gone.
The episode’s name pairs up consistently with Brian’s persona as strawberry jam is with peanut butter. The Governor no longer likes to be called The Governor as it’s shown when he rejects Hershel addressing him by that name. Why? Maybe it’s because he failed to look after the very people who looked up to him in Woodbury, or perhaps he wants to start a fresh, new meaningful life beginning with a new name. In either way, one can see that he is still the same psychopath from season three. Brian convinces and persuades his followers to help him overtake the prison. Rick gives a monumental speech of how he did evil things, but that he changed. That we can all come back. Brian appears to become sentimental. Hershel looks on with content at how much Rick has evolved as a character. Alas, Brian whispers “Liar” due to the fact that he is too far gone and strikes Hershel’s neck with Michonne’s katana. Rick unleashes a screaming “NOOOO!” and shoots Brian’s arm with, understandably, his left hand since his shooting hand is still healing. A fierce firefight ripples between Brian’s group and Rick’s group, and Rick gets shot in the leg while he runs toward the bus for cover. Hershel manages to crawl away from the line of fire until Brian catches up to him and deliver blows to his neck with the katana. A horrifying Lily carrying Meghan’s corpse stands numb in front of Brian and his victim. Brian holds Meghan and shoots her in the head–no expression of remorse or sadness on his face. Maggie and Beth, on the other hand, are sobbing harder and harder with each trigger they pull.
Maggie rescues her sick Glenn and puts him on the prison bus along with the others who cannot fight. The bus flees unannounced while the gang is fighting at the prison. Bob survives a shot to his torso and he flees with Sasha and Maggie. Daryl kills a bunch of S.O.B.s and even takes out Brian’s right-hand man point-blank with an arrow. He and Beth flee together. Tyreese is taking heavy fire from some guy and Alisha, Tara’s girlfriend. All out of luck until the sisters, Lizzie and Mika, rescue him by shooting Alisha in the head. All three of them flee together.
Rick dies–almost–if it weren’t for Michonne plunging her katana (now filled with Hershel’s spirit) into Brian’s chest. Does Michonne finish the job? No. That’s for Lily to execute her once lover with a pistol. Michonne, for some odd reason, leaves a very vulnerable bruised and bloody Rick and goes off to somewhere. Possibly a ‘Michonne in Wonderland’ spinoff is in the works.
Judith’s carriage is empty with blood stains. Rick and Carl, who saved his dad’s butt from two walkers, cry at the sight. Nothing can be done. They flee the burning prison.
Midseason of season four begins tomorrow!