Written by: John
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It has to be one of the most anticipated episodes of The Walking Dead in the short history of the show. The return of the enigmatic Governor. But in true Walking Dead fashion his return was not everything that it seemed. So join us as we sit down to recap "Live Bait"!
The Good: This was another surprising departure for the show. I wasn't sure what to expect after last week when I saw good old Philip Blake waiting outside of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, I got chills and a vision of a horrible blood bath to come. Instead...we saw a side of the Governor we have never seen before...the human side. Yes this week we watched Philip be taken in by a family without the survival skills necessary to survive in the world of the dead and hell we even saw him do good deeds. Yet something tells me, despite his acts of kindness and of becoming a protector, there is much evil merely lying dormant after Woodbury burned to the ground. I think that's why I liked this episode. That despite all the pseudo redemption we saw this week...we cannot forget a few things, he lied about his true identity and lied about lying for that matter. I just get this horrible feeling that while the new family he adopted in this episode were not used as "Live Bait" it's a matter of time before they are. I had a horrible image that the little girl in this episode, Megan, is going to end up with a collar around her neck while Uncle Governor feeds her a freshly severed hand and something tells me it is just a matter of time before the evil returns.
The Bad: I honestly thought my chief complaint was going to be the pacing of this episode since it is so radically slow. But fact is, the pacing worked because at no time did I trust the Governor...and that put me on edge.
The Verdict: I liked this episode. I like the fact that there was still a little good in Philip Blake's heart and I'm glad they didn't rush this and wrap it up in our hour. I'm still convinced though The Governor is going to make everyone's life hell once again. A scorpion always stings...it is just a matter of time.