Old habits die hard with The Governor, who takes over the settlement by dispatching Martinez and killing Pete, the second-in-command. That leaves Pete's brother, Mitch (hi, Charlie from Fringe).
But let's go back ...
The Governor has settled in comfortably with Lily, and Tara has found a romance with Alisha, an Army reservist. He accompanies the menfolk to a cabin following a trail of decapitated bodies with placards reading LIAR and RAPIST. A final body has a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and it's labeled MURDERER. They find supplies in the cabin (and some walkers which The Governor takes out easily) and feast upon the vittles and beer with their fellow campers.
Martinez tries to make the Governor a deal to run Bartertown while teeing golf balls atop a trailer. But The Governor snaps, clobbers Martinez, and throws him into the zombie trench.
Pete, Mitch, and the Governor find a small campsite and debate how to get a share of their supplies. Mitch wants to take it. Pete Balks. After an awkward edit which suggests the passage of time, The Governor leads the pair back to the camp and find the lot of them slaughtered and the supplies gone.
He tries to leave camp with the ladies, but the road ends in a mudpit of walkers. The next day(?), he kills Pete in his trailer and tells Mitch what's what. The camp is told Pete died in a supply run.
Did he kill the campers to show Pete as weak and harmful to the survival effort? Did he make Mitch think so after someone else took the supplies? How did no one hear the camp get wiped out?
The Governor easily takes command of the settlement and makes things run like clockwork. He chucks Pete's body into a nearby lake but doesn't kill the brain, and we find out why later on: He weighted Pete's body so the revived Pete walker will stretch toward the surface in vain. Now The Governor has an entire lake to fill with interactive trophies instead of his Woodbury fishtanks.
A walker somehow slips into the camp and pursues Meggan, but the Governor dispatches it at the last second with a single gunshot.
The episode ends with the Governor again watching the prison, seeing Rick and Carl gardening, but ht then finds Herschel and Micchone and raises his gun as the screen blacks out.
I could go an entire season with the Governor as the lead character. He doesn't want to go back to his Woodbury ways, but he can't abide threats to his new family. As he tells Meggan in the pre-credits chess game, there's a time to think and a time to move. He is moving. And he is clearing the board.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
So we never got a full origin story for Governor v1.0, but at least now have one for Governor v2.0. Now with more.... Governor.
Hey, here's our leader. Oops, mysteriously dead. Now here's our NEW leader. Oops, mysteriously dead. Sure, let's follow the new guy who is suddenly in charge. He seems to be staying alive pretty well.
I'm a little disappointed that this is the direction in which they decided to go. I liked the redemption storyline quite a bit, and, while I get the whole "Man cannot escape his nature" thing, it still feels a little like we're treading over old ground. I'm not sure we needed two whole episodes to get here, either.
It would be interesting to see Rick say, "Oh sure, have our plague, disease-ridden prison. We'll happily move on. Later."
I thought the Governor would kill that girl for playing tag and abandoning her post, allowing the walker to put his new Penny at risk.
I loved how he doesn't want to become "The Governor" again, but to him it's the only way to give the people he cares about the best chance at living.
As soon as Brian said his new family had to survive and were going to, and Martinez basically shrugged him off with a "Yea idk lol, we'll try but you know how it goes" I knew that answer (and that low amount of dedication) would not sit well with Brian. I didn't think he'd kill Martinez on the spot, but I figured it would be coming in the next couple weeks.
I have to think that the Zombie Aquarium and now the Zombie Lake serve as reminders to Brian as to why he must be the Governor. He hates the things he has to do, but when he sits and watches the zombies always fighting, always struggling to kill them, it gives him the determination to do what's needed.
Originally posted by Tribal Prophet As soon as Brian said his new family had to survive and were going to, and Martinez basically shrugged him off with a "Yea idk lol, we'll try but you know how it goes" I knew that answer (and that low amount of dedication) would not sit well with Brian. I didn't think he'd kill Martinez on the spot, but I figured it would be coming in the next couple weeks.
My favorite thing about this scene was that Brian had this great look on his face, like he didn't even know why he'd swung the club. They gave Merle a line about that last season, but I think it's way more appropriate for the Governor; in the moment, he really doesn't know why he does the things he does. He just reacts. It was the same way when he gunned down his own people before.