Season 4, Episode 6: “Live Bait”
Original air date: Nov. 17, 2013
- Memory gets fuzzy with age. I feel like I remember a time when I enjoyed “The Walking Dead,” when I looked forward to it each week and was disappointed when it was over because it always left me wanting more. But this seems inconsistent with recent evidence in which I find myself bored only a few minutes into an episode, easily predicting each turn in the thin plots.
- Then I have a flash of revelation. I got bored with the first season, too. I gave up near the end when they were hanging out at the Center for Disease Control. I reconnected in the second season. I liked that season. A lot of fans hated it. This season, though, I don’t like it. And the ratings are excellent. I guess it’s a matter of opinion. Mine is that the fourth season isn’t very good.
- The Governor (David Morrissey) returns. He drifts after his defeat at the prison and his own slaughter of his followers. He plays house with a family in an apartment complex. He teaches a young girl, Megan (Meyrick Murphy), to play chess. He smashes her grandfather’s head after he dies of lung cancer and turns into a zombie. He becomes instant daddy to the dead grandpa’s family, including Tara (Alanna Masterson), who claims to have police training, and nurse Lily (Audrey Marie Anderson), mom of Megan and sister to Tara. The group go on a roadtrip in dead grandad’s old delivery truck. While Tara and Megan sleep, the Governor and Lily have sex in the truck. It’s nice to see romance isn’t dead at the end of the world, but I hope Tara and Lily are deep sleepers.
- The truck doesn’t work in the morning. They walk. They run into a horde of zombies. Tara twists her ankle to continue the longest running cliche in the history of horror films and television: Women are unable to run while in danger. If Wilma Rudolph were in a horror film, she would twist her damned ankle when being chased by a monster. The Governor does one better and falls in a hole while carrying Megan. He kills three zombies with his bare hands. Then some of his old buddies from the village — you know, the one where he murdered a bunch of people when he lost his mind — show up.
- This was the dullest episode in a very dull season. I see the effort to humanize the Governor and try to use Morrissey’s formidable acting skills to make him seem like an anguished man beset by demons. It doesn’t work for me, but, again, the ratings are fabulous. As long as the checks keep cashing, it really doesn’t matter what anybody has to say. There are two episodes left before the mid-season hiatus. Now that’s something I’m looking forward to.