Season 4, Episode 8: “Too Far Gone”
Original air date: Dec. 1, 2013
- The fourth season of “The Walking Dead” limped into its midseason finale with another yawner. There was plenty of of action in the last 15 minutes. Some characters we cared about were killed, as were characters we met three episodes ago and were supposed to care about but really didn’t. Nothing happened that was terribly surprising or all that interesting.
- The Governor (David Morrissey) storms the prison with his new group of rubes, one of whom has a tank. The Governor apparently captured Hershel (Scott Wilson) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). That might have been shown, but I watched big chunks of the episode on fast-forward to avoid all the blather.
- And there was plenty of blather. There were speeches to be made by the Governor about how they need to take the prison and kill everybody because it’s the right thing to do. Hershel made a speech about how they could all live in harmony. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) later made a speech about how everybody could live in harmony. It sounded a lot like the speech Hershel made about 15 minutes earlier. It was like “The Walking Dead: C-SPAN.”
- Anyway, about 45 minutes into the episode the Governor and his rubes finally attack the prison. He beheads Hershel. The Governor and Rick have a fistfight. The Governor wins. The Michonne runs him through with her sword. Other people we barely knew died. The Governor’s new girlfriend, whose name I didn’t bother to learn, shot the Governor through the head just so we know he’s dead. Earlier in the episode, the cute little tow-headed blonde girl that is her daughter, also a name I didn’t bother to learn, was bitten by a zombie. I guess she thought that was the Governor’s fault. I don’t know. Women can be fickle.
- These eight episodes were the highest rated in the series’ history. I thought they were the eight worst episodes. So there’s no accounting for taste. I don’t know if I will watch the remaining eight episodes of the season when it comes back in February. The series had drug on and stumbled so much that I really don’t care what happens to any of these characters. AMC has one more season of “Mad Men” left and then AMC is out of excellent programming. Well, I guess there’s “Comic Book Men.”