The Walking Dead S4 Ep8 – “Too Far Gone”

If TV show episodes were vehicles, the last two of The Walking Dead  would be family mini-vans being taken on the annual family vacation and this week’s would be a unforgiving roller coaster that you realize you shouldn’t have gotten on the second the safety harness clicks down and it’s too late to escape.

Now, I enjoy my family vacations and admit that one can learn a lot about themselves and their family members by going on them, but I didn’t like the last two episodes of the show because the Governor was driving them. This one, I also didn’t enjoy while I was riding the thing because OH MY GOD IT HURTS STOP THE RIDE I WANNA GET OFF, but afterwards, I was left breathless, shaky, and wanting to get back in line and do it again.

The Governor, standing by the tank.“I have to talk all of you into doing something,” says the Governor to his new group, just before explaining his plan to attack and take over the Prison. He tries to frame it as something they must do if they’re going to survive, and justifies it by pinning what happened at Woodbury all on Rick’s group and painting them as the bad guys of the story. Everyone in the group is pretty much swept up by the Governor’s tale and his Southern charm, even after he admits to capturing two of the Prison group, Hershel and Michonne, and is planning to use them as bargaining chips to avoid bloodshed. Tara is the only one who makes a (very, very small) fuss about it.

After the Governor dismisses everyone to prep for the big move, Lilly lets him know that Tara’s not the only Chandler lady who disapproves of his plan. The Governor dismisses Lilly’s concerns with an “I love you” and a kiss on the cheek, but it’s clear Lilly is still not completely on board. She even says it herself – “I don’t know who you are” – which really makes me wonder: why didn’t you think of that before you threw in with him???

The Governor talks briefly with Michonne and Hershel, trying to talk them into thinking that this attack “isn’t personal.” Michonne does her awesome Michonne-thing and threatens to kill him, while Hershel attempts to reason with the Governor – ahem, I mean “Brian” – and put him off the attack, noting that the Governor has changed since the last time they met. He also tries to appeal to the father in the Governor, but the Governor shrugs, reasoning that he doesn’t have to care about Hershel’s daughters because they’re not his.

Lilly, Meghan, and the rest of the group who are unable to fight are moved to a riverbank, where the river’s strong current will protect them from walkers, at least on one side, while the Governor’s militia take the prison. Lilly is still not okay with their plan to hurt other people to get what they want, but the Governor reminds her that she and Megan are so fragile and helpless that they need all the protection the Prison will give to them. He gets one last hug from Meghan before he goes, and Lilly once again wonders who exactly she’s gotten into bed with.

It’s very disturbing to see how easily the Governor switches between ruthless leader and caring father. His caring conversation with Lilly and (actually very cute and convincing) hug scene with Meghan comes right on the heels of his cold-hearted statement about not caring about Hershel’s daughters. It’s even worse, because you know, you just know, that the old governor is just under the surface of that sweet and caring father façade, and by the end of the episode, that’s all that’s going to be left of him.

Back in the Prison, the worst of the virus has passed, and everyone seems to be slowly recovering. Glenn and Maggie (very cutesy and sweetly) joke about going on a vacation for their ‘anniversary’, while Sasha thanks Bob for his part in getting the antibiotics, even though he doesn’t feel he deserves that thanks.

Daryl, however, is not in a very cutesy mood, barely holding his temper in check as Rick explains the situation with Carol (finally!). Daryl isn’t convinced she actually did the deed, but he and Rick agree Tyreese needs to be told. On their way to tell him, they run in to Tyresse on his way to tell them of his disturbing discovery: a dissected rodent. He jumps to the conclusion that the person who put the rats on display like Hannibal Lecter is also the person who killed Karen and David, but just before Rick is about to correct him, an explosion rocks the Prison.

Lilly presents Meghan's dead body to the Governor.The Governor and his militia are waiting outside the fences, with the tank seen a few episodes ago (though how they heck they snuck a tank up to the gates of the Prison without anyone noticing, I don’t have a clue), and he and Rick have a little ‘heart-to-heart’.

Meanwhile, on the riverbank, Lilly is distracted by a walker she spots across the river that is slowly making its way towards their camp. Thankfully, the current washes it downstream before it can reach them, but then Meghan is attacked and bitten by a zombie that had been buried in the mud where she had been playing and digging in.

Now, I’ve been pretty sure since the very beginning that one of the Chandler ladies was going to die, but that didn’t make the attack on Meghan any easier to watch. I’ve really enjoyed her presence in all the episodes she’s been in so far. Her genuine innocence, while maybe not very realistic during an apocalypse, was very refreshing, when compared to Carl’s slow and moody evolution into an adult, and Lizzie’s steadily more unsettling behavior. I guess it just proves that the end of the world as we know it is no place for kids like Sophia or Meghan, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be appreciated.

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