WARNING: This post most definitely includes spoilers.
Okay, so we were a bit off with our predictions (see here); however, that’s because I really thought they were going to wrap up the prison/Governor storyline in this finale — which had the overwhelming potential to feel quite rushed. Clearly, the prison (and its residents) lives on — as does the Governor and his rage.
While browsing social media, I see that folks are pretty split on how they felt about this finale. At first I was bit a disappointed because I wanted the big bad, bloody battle (like everyone else); but now, after digesting last night’s events in full, I have to say — I am a bit stoked. Below are my thoughts from the episode.
Andrea. Oh, Andrea. I really thought you were going to make it. After all, (COMIC SPOILER) you are still alive in the comic, and you’re pretty darn important. Your TV story was a far cry from the Robert Kirkman Andrea I grew to love. So, I get it. After this season, there just wasn’t a place for you anymore. You had run your course. At least you went out kind of redeeming yourself – with your little ‘no death’ speech. Seriously though, couldn’t you have hurried a bit more to get those pliers? I think so. Poor, poor Milton.
Damn, Carl! (I love that this phrase was trending on Twitter last night) We’re seeing a dark Carl here. A little creepy, sure. But admit it — you can’t blame him, can you? Okay, this kid soldier (Jody, I think?) was definitely fleeing the scene and was going to surrender his weapon… but Carl sees things pretty clear. There’s absolutely no flinching and he shoots him. DAMN, CARL! Yes, my jaw dropped, but when Carl explained his actions to his dad, he had a point. A Governor-esque point? Maybe; but it still made sense. Remember when Carl was that useless little boy from the first season?
Damn, Governor! We knew he was evil — but he definitely brought it to a whole other level here. I’m glad he wasn’t wiped out in the last two minutes because there’s clearly more story to tell.
Sounds like…. Dawn of the Dead? Having just watched Dawn of the Dead (’78) on Saturday, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities (if not, obvious rip-off) between DotD’s score and the storming-the-prison music. Did anyone else catch this? It has to be a clear reference. It’s the same thump-thump heartbeat. I believe it’s also what TWD played during the cat-and-mouse episode, “Prey.”
Season Four. See, this is where I get excited. (No comics spoilers here.) While I enjoyed the better part of season three, I couldn’t help but think they weren’t working with some of the amazing plot points from the comic (during this prison/Governor arc). Big, BIG things happen to so many characters. And now they left that door very wide to explore those things.
And the Governor is still out there… with some confused henchmen. Until we see them again, there’s this (which is pretty fantastic):