What a boring episode. It was supposed to be tense but it certainly wasn't tense in the Walking Dead sorta way and wasn't even tense in a TV drama that doesn't have zombies sort of way. It would certainly help if the Governor was played by someone with a little more charisma. I mean, is it supposed to be such a joke every time he smiles? I suppose his fake smiles technically make sense, his character is "crazy guy pretending to be sane and in control" so for every smile to be so fake and ridiculous makes sense but just imagine those same scenes with someone who could really draw you in.
It could be the writing but I blame the acting. The Governor has been such a clown/caricature from the very start. It's hilarious when he's doing crazy face killing but when he's trying to play serious he's like one of the villains from Batman Forever (which is ironic because both Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey are fantastic but let's face it they were totally just grabbing the bucks on that one). We know the writers can do good work with good actors because of what happened last season when they introduced that group of outsiders in the saloon. Good acting makes scenes and in an episode like the one they just had bad acting will shine through. I can't wait until they kill the clown Governor and hopefully they get a better villain in the future.
Another thing I hope for is that they don't cop out and have Merle end up becoming a martyr. The dude is a selfish scumbag and needs to go out that way. I swear to god if he ends up giving his life to save someone like Michonne or Carl or really any female character I'm going to snap. Even if he dies to save Darryl I'm gonna be miffed because of the waste of a good character. Frankly, Merle was what made the Woodbury side of things more interesting so the whole fact that he's on the good side is just a failure. He's better as a foil plain and simple and to have him there simply to be the voice of dissent in the prison camp is a waste because we all know that this has to go down with the Governor as the villain so whatever Merle spouts on about is going to get shot down. The only way to earn our trust back in that regard is to either wait and see if he survives this season so he can become a foil again or for him to actually be a loose cannon and do something drastic. Frankly, it would have been a breathe of fresh air had he actually stabbed Glen in the face.
Or how about he sneaks off while Glen and Maggie are banging and crashes the chicken coup and insights the war rather than this all being about the vindictive Governor who I don't actually believe could be that vindictive because the actor playing him doesn't have the chops to make me believe he could be so vindictive despite the numerous times the show has gone out of their way to show me how cut throat he is.
Oh and what exactly was that Glen and Maggie banging scene if not to allow Merle to sneak off? A peace offering to fans for such a slow episode? Talk about wasted plot threads.
Okay, I think I vented enough. **** I love this show but my goodness does it ever suck.