Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead is called Too Far Gone, and it marks the midseason finale point. Be prepared for anything to happen this episode, including the possible deaths of one or more series regulars, if the Governor and the new group he’s leading, along with the tank that they possess, attacks the prison complex where Rick Grimes, Glenn, Hershel, and the other survivors Rick leads are making their home for the time being.
One potential casualty in this episode of The Walking Dead might very well be Hershel, especially if he’s standing anywhere near Michonne whenever the Governor might try to take her out before she has a chance to do the same to him. Rumors have also been circulated that Glenn might be killed, or the Governor’s latest heartthrob, Lilly.
It also might be that the Governor, himself, dies — at least, if this episode echoes the comic book series — and that he will be killed by Lilly, who becomes disgusted with the Governor and what he asks her to do (killing baby Judith). Whatever might happen, one thing’s guaranteed for fans of The Walking Dead: it will suck having to wait until the second half of the season starts up again.
The Governor holds a meeting with his followers, telling them he has something to tell them: “We have to survive.” He says that they — the people in the prison camp — will fill the pits with zombies. He tells his followers we could live there — “if we’re willing to take it from them.”
The Governor says to his followers: “We can take that prison without firing a shot. But, we need to be prepared.” He plans to use Hershel and Michonne, who he’s kidnapped, as an incentive to Rick and the others in the prison compound to force them to give up the prison.
Commercial Break Number One….commercials foot the bill, I suppose, but can be so annoying.
“The people in this prison, not all of them are bad.. but most of them, thieves, murderers… they mutilated me, burned my camp, killed my daughter…I don’t want to die. I don’t want you to die. We need to move right now, before they realize their people are gone. We will surprise them, and we will win. Pack up and get ready; we’ll go over our plan in half an hour.”
Lilly: “I said we didn’t need to fight for another place.”
The Governor: “The only judgement I care about is that you two are still breathing. You know me, Lilly. It’s always going to be like this.”
Michonne and Hershel have been kidnapped. The Governor tells them that no one will hurt them.
“Michonne,” the Governor says. “I want you to know — my daughter was dead. I know that now. I’m not going to kill you. I just want the prison. There’s people I need to keep alive.”
Hershel: ” You’ve changed — so has Rick.”
The Governor: “We’ll never be able to live together. “
Hershel: “My daughters are in there. There must be people you don’t care if they live or not in there. You say that you’re willing to take this prison as peacefully as possible. If you understand what it’s like to have a daughter killed, how can you threaten anyone else’s?”
The Governor: “Because they’re not mine.”
The Governor is hell-bent on taking the prison, and whoever gets killed, gets killed.
Lilly: “You don’t have to do this.”
The Governor: “Think about Meghan.”
Lilly: “I am. What’s she going to be like in this world?”
The Governor: “She’s going to be alive.”
The Governor comes across Meghan playing in the mud. He asks her: Making mud pies?”
Meghan: “No — peanut butter sandwiches.”
Back at the prison, Glenn is recovering, but he’s still lying on a cot. Maggie is visiting him and she tells him she’ll get him some water, and she” be right back. It’s the proverbial calm before the storm.
Then, we see Daryl and Rick arguing about Rick’s sending Carol off. Daryl says “You couldn’t wait until we got back?”
Daryl also asks him “What are we going to do about her two girls?”
Rick: “We’ll look after them. I haven’t told Tyreese yet. I don’t know how he’ll take it.”
Daryl: “Let’s find out.”
Bob and Tyreese’s sister, Sasha, meet in the prison. She tells him that she wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for him and Hershel.
Tyreese has something to show Rick and Daryl. It’s a rat splayed out. Tyreese says he thinks that the same person who did that must be the one who killed Karen. Rick: “I don’t think that’s the same person who did this.”
“Why?” Tyreese asked.
The Governor: “We need to talk!”
Rick: “It’s not up to me! There’s a Council now!”
The Governor: “Is he on the Council?” he says, bring out Hershel. Then, he brings out Michonne, and asks: “Is she on the Council?”
Rick: “It’s not my decision.”
The Governor: “We need to talk. It’s your decision now.”
There seems to be a temporary standoff. Rick decides to leave the relative safety of the prison, and he goes to talk with the Governor. Daryl tells Sasha that “I have a plan.”
Tyreese: “How long do we wait?”
Daryl: “As long as you can.”
Rick: “Let them go You have a tank — you don’t need them.”
The Governor: “I’ll give you until sundown to get out. I need this prison. I have a tank, and I’m letting you walk away from here. What else is there to talk about?”
Daryl, meanwhile, is collecting up their weapons and distributing them. He hands Bob as gun.
Lilly looks across the nearby stream, and sees Meghan, who says “Mommy, will you please help me? It’s too heavy.” She’s found something in the mud she wants to show her mom.
Meghan tells her mom she can do it herself. She has found a metal sign that says Warning: Flash Flood on it. Then, a hand starts wriggling up out of the mud, the hand of a walker. The walker grabs Meghan, and — chomps down on her. The Walking Dead then went to a commercial break.
“The Governor: “I could shoot you all. It doesn’t have to be that way. Like I said, it’s your choice. The longer you wait, the longer it’ll be for you to get out of here.”
Carl to Daryl: “It’s fifty yards. I could end this right now.”
Daryl: “Yeah, or you could start something else.”
The Governor: “You’ve got about an hour of sunlight left. I suggest you start packing. The longer you wait, the harder it’s going to be for you to get out of here.”
Rick: “We can all live here. There’s more than room enough.”
“I don’t think my family would be comfortable with you under the same roof,” the Governor said.
“It could work,” Hershel said.
The Governor: “Maybe before Woodbury.”
Rick: “We’re not going to give up the prison. We could all live in the prison, or none of us can.”
The Governor then put a sword (a katana, I think — likely, Michonne’s) to Hershel’s neck, to cut his head off.
Rick: ” is this what you want? What all of you want? Everyone’s alive right now. Everyone’s done the worst things. But we can still come back We’re not too far gone. We all can change.”
The Governor then used his katana and sliced Hershel’s head half-off. The battle for the prison commenced Michonne worked to free her hands. The Governor then finished cutting Hershel’s head off.
“Get your guns. We’re gunning in. Kill them all,” The Governor tells his followers.
The bloody battle for the prison compound is in full force. I doubt that the Governor would have let bygones be bygones, and let everyone live if Rick and the rest had agreed to leave the prison — but, we’ll never know that, for sure, now.
The tank went through the fence very easily. Daryl and the others, armed with guns, kept up their fire, and some of the Governor’s followers fell; but, the tank was relentless, and fired shells at Rick’s group.
Rick managed to get up close and personal with the Governor, and he was pounding the Governor’s face, but the Governor then started to give back as good as he was taking.
Maggie got Glenn and some of the others on a bus. They managed to escape.
The Governor started pounding Rick’s face.
Daryl threw a hand grenade, using a zombie as a shield. Tyreese tells the two girls “We better get out of here.” We go that way.”
The Governor is choking the crap out of Rick – then, Michonne comes up behind the Governor, and runs him through with her katana. Daryl puts a hand grenade into the tank, and blows it up.
Rick is frantically searching for Carl, yelling for him. Then, two walkers appear. Carl is behind them and blasts them both with his rifle. Rick runs up to him, and sobbing, hugs him.
Rick and his band have somehow managed to survive yet another encounter with the Governor. But, now the fence is gone, and night is falling.
The Governor, barely alive, looks up, and sees Lilly. Lilly is pointing a gun at him, and finishes him off. Rick and Carl are then seen leaving the prison camp!
The next episodes of The Walking Dead won’t be until in February — drat! It was, IMHO, a great episode, though the Governor is an antagonist that lots of fans have loved to hate — who will step in to fill the role of antagonist now that the Governor’s dead?
Hershel (Scott Wilson) will be missed, that’s for sure. This midseason finale, Too Far Gone, of The Walking Dead, was certainly action-packed — at least, the final half hour was — what did all of you think of this episode of The Walking Dead? What do you think will be the main problems that will face Rick and the rest of his group now, other than rebuilding the fence? Please leave your comments below!