It was a big showdown, a mid season finale to remember. Lots to ruminate about until Feb. 9, when The Walking Dead returns the undead to our living rooms.
Now, for this columnist, I watched this last episode with one eye closed, as I was never sure who was to enter Walking Dead lore and who would remain to pick up the pieces in 2 months.
Let’s start with the Governor. His true character showed itself when he riled up a group of regular folk to kill innocent people and their children. David Morrisey brought such believability to the Governor that at times I agreed with his warped reasoning. I hated myself at those moments as I found myself rooting for the Governor and Megan and Lilly. But in the end the Governor failed conquering the prison and got punched by Rick, skewered by Michonne and finally shot by an unbelieving Lilly. Good-bye Gov, you’ve been impeached!
Sadly, a buried walker bit little Megan. He came up from the ground below, like all great horror ghouls, and bit the little girl. Lilly ran to help, but could not. Good-bye Megan.
In another horror homage, Lilly (Megan’s Mom) presented Megan’s bitten body to the Governor, exactly as Frankenstein carried the body of the little flower girl. Of course, the Governor put a bullet through Megan’s brain. I don’t remember Frankenstein doing that.
Nooooo, not Hershel. But yes, our favorite veterinarian is no longer handing out sage wisdom and antibiotics. For the Governor decided to lop off his head with about 6 deadly sword strokes. Yuck! But alas, he knew that his words had affected Rick. Rick argued with the Governor that all could live in peace and that no one would have to die. He sounded so much like Hershel, that Hershel gave a small smirk just before the Governor struck his deadly blows. Good-bye Hershel, you gave your life so that others could live.
As for the others: Glenn on a bus. Rick and Carl not looking back and turning into a pillar of salt. Baby Judy missing from her bloody baby seat. Daryl missing Carol. Tyrese being saved by little Lizzy. Lizzy who heeded Carol’s words and saved Tyrese by killing Tara’s girlfriend with a bullet to the head. Tara running into woods. Mitch killed by a pissed off Daryl. Michonne saved Rick. Carl saved Rick. Everyone saved Rick.
The prison is gone, as the living proved more deadly than the dead. And like the scene at the end of season 2 our group has been torn apart and is in disarray. Where and when and if it all comes together we’ll have to wait until the Sunday after the Super Bowl to find out.
And I’ve done my research; characters from The Walking Dead are never really dead, but just come back in Mob City, premiering tonight on TNT.
Jeff Baskin is currently writing a vampire novel. Don’t miss his column every Dead Wednesday all season long. *Photos courtesy of AMC.