Series Issues: The Walking Dead – Dead Weight

This here be ye old disclaimer: Unless thee wishes to be spoiled, thee may not pass beyond this thy warning. So, it’s the Walking Dead and if you haven’t seen episode 7 begone with you! Dead spoilers inside.

The Governor (David Morrissey), Meghan Chambler (Meyrick Murphy), Lilly Chambler (Audrey Marie Anderson), Tara Chambler (Allana Masterson) and Alisha (Juliana Harkavay) in Episode 7 (Photo by Gene Page/AMC)

(Photo: Gene Page/AMC)

We’re close to the mid-season finale, which is coming next Sunday so it’s time to setup camp. Literally. We don’t have a ton of time for this so for The Walking Dead: Dead Weight, we get what we wanted early on. The Gov a.k.a “Brian” doesn’t waste too much time until he starts offing people left and right. Well, mostly left because… insert your favorite blind spot here.

But let’s not jump ahead. “Brian” and his new family have been found by another camp where Martinez, the Gov’s old right hand man is the lead. You might think Martinez is too quick to take him in, but the truth is despite how crazy the Governor became, he still got a shitload of crap organized. If you were Martinez, surrounded by walkers and remembering the sweet setup of Woodbury, wouldn’t you be willing to give the man who made it all happen a second chance? Well, even if it was the same man who unmade it all?

The camp is a very welcome respite to “the Brians”. Even Tara finds something to love about Alisha, who immediately calls Tara on her bravado. Meghan is learning to talk, smile a lot more and play chess with “Brian”.

We’re kind of in the same boat as Martinez is. He sees a calmer, more serene personality that the crazy despot he knew. He sees a family man. We also see a family man. As a matter of fact this is kind of a parallel situation to Rick trying to become a farmer and seeing himself in a more peaceful of a life. In a eerily similar coincidence, “Brian” tries to become a follower and recoils at the spotlight. Still very much the killer, he has no objections about going first into a cabin after finding decapitated bodies saying “Liar”, “Rapist” and “Murderer”.

As biters emerge from the shadows and attack his more milder companions, “Brian” quickly reacts to do what needs to be done. In a short period of time, he’s accepted into the group but is quick to decline talking about himself. “What about you, Bri?” asks Mitch, after everyone shares what they did before and after everything went down. “Survive,” replies the Gov. I don’t think anybody missed the fact that Mitch used to be A FREAKING TANK OPERATOR. That’s not a randomly chosen fact. There’s a tank in the camp, which probably either was his or is there as a complete coincidence. Sure.

But none of us are getting used to “Brian” and he doesn’t last long. Sure enough, Martinez at some point takes him alone on a little excursion to play some golf near the biter trenches. Alone. Near biters… Ok, ok, you got it. He offers the newly reformed “Brian” a chance to help further. And a chance to share the crown. “Brian” doesn’t want it. Really, he doesn’t. He tells this to Martinez over and over as he hits him with the golf club, throws him down the camper and drags him to the trench to offer him to the biters.

With Martinez dead, Pete takes the leadership – among the protests of the other people in the camp. When Tara protests, Mitch shuts her down derisively. No love lost between those two.

Pete and Mitch quickly ask the man soon-not-to-be-named-Brian-anymore to come with them and find a small camp barely protected with iron fencing. Pete considers taking them in while Mitch hastily suggests the only alternative is to kill them and ransack the camp for supplies. Mitch reluctantly obeys his older brother while you can almost tell what “Brian” is thinking. As they go back to checking for traps, he doubles back to the small vulnerable camp. It has already been raided by some other group who has taken what little they had of value. Only one man seems to be breathing, which Mitch takes out to Pete’s disapproval.

It’s obvious to the Governor/Brian that the camp needs a much stronger leadership but he does not want to be the man to take it. In a last Brian-esque act, he convinces Lilly to trust him and they take off with Meghan, Tara and Alisha. But his escape is blocked by a group of zombies stuck in quicksand (or a pit filled with loose mud) that cuts off the road with no apparent way around.

Defeated, they head back before anybody knows they left. In the morning, Lilly sees “Brian” already up and arming himself. When she asks him what is he going to do, it is the Governor who replies, “survive”. Same as Rick had to give up farming to become the Sheriff again, the Gov can’t stay on the sidelines.

When Pete answers the door to his camper, he suspects nothing. That is until he gets stabbed in the gut and strangled. How exactly does the Gov manages to take out his body to throw on the lake without being seen, we don’t really know. It’s apparently very early in the morning but he’s incredibly lucky. When Mitch answers his own door to the Governor with a loaded gun, we know already he’s not going to kill him. Mitch should’ve figured it out, a shot would have brought everyone over.

But we also know that he’s not killing him because HE CAN DRIVE A TANK. Mitch is forced to listen to the most macabre of sales pitches. They are similar because they’re willing to do what needs to be done. The Gov tells him of his own older brother who always did what was right. He alludes the same about Pete, saying that men like him do that even at the expense of their own people. He offers Mitch the chance to forget about worrying about what’s right or what’s wrong, because in the end there’s only one thing to do.

The Governor takes the lead of the camp and organizes people into building crude fortifications. He insists with Lilly they need a better camp. Lilly insists they’re home. That is not much comfort when conveniently, a biter wanders into the camp and threatens Meghan. Tara tries to restrain him, but he’s slippery and Meghan is about to be bitten when the Gov shoots him in the head. It’s a little too convenient. Did the Governor arranged for that walker to be loose to convince them than the camp isn’t safe?

Then we see a more reflective side of the Governor as he gazes at Pete, now a biter, attempting to break free and reach the surface. He also takes a trip to the prison to see Rick and Carl working just inside the fence. He also sees Michonne and Hershel, dumping the dead bodies after what transpired on the Internment episode. He takes out his gun and aims at Michonne.

And with that, we’re all setup for the mid-season finale.

That will do for now.

(Sources: AMC)

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