Written by John Edward Betancourt
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The showdown we waited for after all this time finally came to pass. Philip "The Governor" Blake finally arrived to take the prison from Rick Grimes and his weakened group and well...this was not the showdown we expected. It was far more brutal, for more devastating than I think any of us even had in our imagination. Another beloved character is gone, and we are all still reeling in shock. Without further ado, let's recap "Too Far Gone".
The Good: Um. Where do I begin? This was...just so utterly brutal. So much in fact that it took me several hours and a good night's sleep to even find the strength to write about it, because they held nothing back. We got the showdown I looked forward to since the Governor graced our screens last year, and now I regret that anticipation. Hershel is dead, killed in the most horrible fashion. We don't know if Judith/Lil' Asskicker is alive and just wow. The final image of the prison burning was a fitting way to sum up the episode...everything burned. Once again this damn show made me cry and made me sick to my stomach all while making me cheer at the same time. For all the horrible things the Governor did, it was a complete and utter joy to watch Michonne finally run that son of a bitch through. But the real highlight here is the fact that new showrunner Scott Gimple is a master of deception. We thought for the last seven episodes we were getting a kindler, gentler show under his thumb. That the world of The Walking Dead would somehow find its way back to better days. It was all one horrible, horrible lie, but one hell of an episode.
The Bad: Of course I'm not exactly thrilled that Hershel is gone from the show, but I learned that last year, good people die on this show. No, the only thing I didn't like about last night...the Governor should have suffered more. In fact, it's almost a shame that Lilly put a bullet in his head rather than let him be torn apart by Walkers. He deserved a slow, painful death.
The Verdict: This one is right up there with "Clear". One of the most brutal and devastating and compelling episodes of the show to date. It left me silent and wiping tears from my eyes. But for all the tears and all the fears, this is incredible television and last night's Mid season finale could have served as a Season Finale...which makes me nervous for the back eight episodes and the actual end of Season 4. Strap in, I have a feeling it's going to be one hell of a ride from here on out.