The Walking Review: Dead Weight
Before the show…
Okay, on last week’s episode, we went from a turning point being reached in the prison plague to a redemption storyline for the Governor. He’s alone, on the road, and ever-crazier. But then he meets up with a group of four holed out in an apartment, which thanks to some lung cancer becomes four again (Guvna included). They go on the road, but the Governor and the Penny 2.0., one of the members of the group (along with two young women, and yeah, this is very Rise of the Governor-ish), fall into a walker trap. The Governor saves P-2’s life, and is found by Martinez, one of the two men who abandoned him after he killed literally several dozen members of the Woodbury Army.
After the show…
Meh. Meh. HOLYGAWD. Meh. Meh. Meh. OOO didn’t see that one coming. Meh. Meh. Hm, this will be interesting. That was basically my reaction to this episode. It was better than Live Bait, but it still didn’t exactly live up to Indifference and Internment. So, how does the episode go? Well, Martinez (along with a small group) take the Governor Gang back to their own camp, which has a couple dozen people in it. Things are okay. They’ve got plenty of ammo, stable leadership, food, and they’re friendly. It’s almost like…
There’s been plenty of allegory these last couple of episodes.
But as it will in the zombie apocalypse, some stuff happens. The Governor, by murdering Martinez and his successor, takes over, and the camp folks discover that they probably aren’t alone in this neck of the woods. Another campsite has been ransacked, the people gunned down and looted. There be bandits in these woods, and to add to that, the prison may be turning itself around. And as the preview for the mid-season finale showed us, there’s going to be a very tense fight between the two.
So, the episode, like the one that came before it, didn’t have much to offer in the way of standing out. Actually, scratch that, the murders of Martinez and his successor were some stand-out moments, but fairly inevitable ones. And there was one tense walker scene that reminded me, of all things, of It. But they generally weren’t mowing down a herd with AR-15s and I don’t care, that was an awesome moment! So, yeah, not a whole lot to say about this one. It had the usual handful of emotional character scenes, some walker gore, and a tense scene where the kid may or may not die and you feel genuinely afraid for them. Dead Weight gets an 8/10. It has a fresh setting with characters to match, some okay thrills, and is an excellent setup for an epic-looking midseason finale. Until then, keep that hair short!