'The Walking Dead' recap, 'Live Bait'

"Something happened to me."

  • The Governor, aka Brian Heriot, is the firestarter.
The Governor, aka Brian Heriot, is the firestarter. (Photo by Gene Page/AMC )
November 17, 2013|By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com

Well, if you were one of those "The Walking Dead" fans who was wondering what was going on with the Governor, then Sunday night's episode — "Live Bait" — was just what you were waiting for!

This was one of those episodes that really focused on one character for the entire 60 minutes, and I'm OK with that. In fact, I think this was one of the strongest episodes of the season, if not the series.

The episode picks up with the Governor and his two loyal cronies departing the crime scene where he shot up a lot of faceless Woodburians. Apparently those three hung out in some flimsy self-standing tents for a little while on an open lot like some losers at Coachella before Martinez and Shumpert ditched the Governor.

After that the Governor hopped onto that big rig, busted it into Woodbury, burned down his old stomping grounds like it was "Gone With the Wind," and then just started walking and letting his beard grow. It wasn't very gubernatorial of him. He was like a much slower, more disinterested Forrest Gump.

He was kind of acting like Tyreese. He didn't seem to care about the zombies and he definitely wasn't concerning himself with slaying them. His emaciated, "No SpaghettiOs" diet figure and big Wolfman haircut and No Shave November beard kind of made him look like a zombie himself, so maybe they weren't noticing him.

Eventually the Governor stumbled across some other town and noticed a little girl in a window. At first I thought he was having a vision of Penny, but it turned out to be a survivor!

Don't be alarmed, but these new survivors — Megan, Tara, Lilly and David Chalmers — would eventually teach the Governor (alias Brian Heriot) to trust and love again.

Aww, the Governor!

I kept waiting for the Governor to do something chaotic evil to swing his alignment back in the right direction, but it didn't happen. Even in his weakened state, the Governor is still strong enough to haul dying David Chalmers around like a ragdoll. The Governor's PR people really made some headway in this episode.

After warming up to the new characters, the Governor gets a chance to prove himself by going on a mission to scavenge some oxygen tanks from the old folks home. When he was in there he was bobbing and weaving like some zombie-sympathizing-pacifist who was trying to get a perfect score on "Metal Gear Solid."

The Governor should have just laid waste to all of those decrepit zombies with a Phillips head screwdriver, but since he didn't he got a little dotted up and nurse Lilly had to tend to him upon his heroic return. She rewards his bravery by flirtily blowing on his forehead. #foreshadowing

The Governor continues to ingratiate himself to his new friends by playing chess with little Megan and exchanging fist bumps with Tara. It was cute when Megan drew the eye patch on the king. And you know you're cool with Tara if she fist bumps you. I hope she would fist bump me.

After all this warmth, the Governor is like "the only thing I know is to be cold and indifferent, so I'm leaving." And they're like "remember when you symbolically burned that photo of your old family? We're your new family now and we're coming with you."

Wasn't that a little creepy when Lilly started grinding on the Governor and fresh kissing him right next to her sister? I mean, don't get me wrong, it was very hot, but a little awkward. You know Tara was laying there staring at the ceiling of the Gorbelli Foods Company truck getting all scandalized.

So right as the Governor is really seeming like a nice guy and warming up to this new group of good people, you knew something bad had to happen.

The truck runs out of fuel, they have to hoof it, they run across a herd of zombies, they have to flee, Megan runs to the Governor and unlocks the key to his heart, Megan and the Governor take a pratfall into a zombie pit and are discovered by Martinez. #cliffhanger

This episode had no Rick Grimes or Bob Stookey, wasn't that weird?


Was this an episode of "The Walking Dead" or an hour-long commercial for Gorbelli Foods Company? That was some pretty solid product placement. Even better, though, was the SpaghettiOs appearance. Mmmm, I could go for a big bowl of SpaghettiOs right about now. I like to cut up a hot dog and fix them with that in it. Ooooh, I love it! I can't believe the Governor dumped those SpaghettiOs out in favor of Miss Wilhelm's butter beans. That was a grave misstep.

They've also got Roni sticks for days, years probably. Uhh, the zombie apocalypse isnt sounding so bad all of the sudden!


Meet the new characters, the Chalmers'.

Unlike most of this season's new characters, it looks like the Chalmers' (at least three of the four) will be with us for awhile, so let's get to know them.

Megan Chalmers, aka new Penny, is played by 10-year-old Meyrick Murphy.

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