The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 6 "Live Bait" Recap

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 6 The Governor

In The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 6, the Governor returns but he’s not the man he used to be!

Continue reading for a spoiler filled discussion of The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 6 entitled “Live Bait”.

The Governor’s Back

I’m going to very briefly touch on a few points in this episode. This post is more of a conversation starter than a detailed recap. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section. I look forward to discussing with you further.

If there’s one lasting impression new show runner Scott Gimple has made so far in his inaugural season it’s redefining characters in a natural and compelling way. Carol’s “do whatever it takes to survive morality” breathed new life into a stagnant background character. Further, Carl’s evolution from a dark, child killer to a responsible adolescent is a welcome course correction. Next up, it’s the Governor’s turn!

“Live Bait” is a thoughtfully constructed character piece that humanizes the Governor in ways that I think were needed for his on-going presence on the show. A character consumed only by hate and revenge wouldn’t make for a engaging story to be watched for an entire season. I’ve always thought of the Governor as more than a monster being evil for the sake of evil, but I can see how some fans think his portrayal in Season 3 as lacking nuance and complexity.

I try to stay away from producer/cast interviews and Walking Dead related articles so had no idea this week was going to be a standalone flashback episode on the Governor. For fans who have little interest in the Governor, this episode will test their patience on finding out what happens when Rick reveals to the group he banished Carol. Since I’m fascinated by the Governor, I appreciated the episode taking it’s time to flesh out a character into something more than an one-note villain.

What did you like and didn’t like in this episode? Does this episode change your thoughts about the Governor?

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