Written by: John Edward Betancourt
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I made sure to skip this usual breakdown last week, for one particular reason, something told me the story wasn't done when it came to seeing our "beloved" Governor take his turn as a nice guy doing stand up things. It looked as though at last there was redemption for one of the nastiest villains to ever grace zombie lore.
I didn't believe it for a second.
Thankfully, Philip Blake was able to reinforce my skepticism this week when the man that loves power more than anything else in this world, took charge as only he knows how, with brutal violence. Now he is back on his way to having it all once again, yet there is a tragic aspect to his story that was never present until now.
After all, we learned that he was abused as a child this week, and that explains quite a few things. But his goals have changed just a little bit. After all, it's obvious now that his only real sanctuary in life was his wife and his child. The way he handles this new surrogate family is actually not horrible. So there is a chance that he was actually a quality father.
But I give the show incredible credit for screwing with our minds and showing us a Governor who might actually turn into a nice guy. A lot of folks felt for him, believed in the change. It's a masterful stroke by the show. This is a man who needs the power, who needs to be believed in by so many so that he can heal the ache in his heart of never being anyone of importance, outside of his family. But Philip Blake believes that it is not enough to be revered by his family and those near him, that he must be seen as a savior of the civilized world, that it falls to him to rebuild it.
It's a noble idea, but man...this guy screws it up every chance he gets. The violence, the fury that it takes to do it and his strange obsession with keeping some kind of terrarium/aquarium/lake of the dead is still creepy. Preparing one's self for the horrors of the world or not...it's disturbing. But what I love about this little story arc, is that it showed one constant in this crazy universe of ours...some people will never change. Give them every opportunity to succeed, give them every chance to set it right...despite any regret or self awareness over the mistakes they've made, deep down there is a nature they cannot ignore.
Philip Blake, also known as the Governor is just that way and now he is leading a desperate and terrified camp to war with Rick Grimes and his group, which just happens to include some of the Governor's former citizens from Woodbury. It's about revenge for him, settling the wrongs in the world and getting what he wants all at the same time. Much like the scorpion, you can never let your guard down around him...because he is always waiting for the opportunity to sting.