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Episode 405 of the Walking Dead was so pulse racing, so complex, so interesting it's difficult to know were to begin. Once again the writers captivated a national audience with gore, cliff hangers, oh and plenty of zombie action.
The Governor - Save the best for last as they say. Amidst all the action in the confusion this week the directors chose a very clever way to keep The Walking Dead lodged in your brain (and the talk of the water coolers everywhere). The well designed, off centered pan out on the back side of the the sinister adversary (that lasted all of about twenty five seconds) was unadulterated genius. A great moment to give the audience a glimpse into the much anticipated return of the villain when it was least expected. of A clever memorable final scene.
Now that he has been reintroduced to the folds, the writers have given themselves almost a second chance at the character. Last season the Governor was at times a ridiculous fictional square peg in the series. He on more than one occasion took the audience out of the group's reality and placed them in a less than equal mini series. This forced the show's dedicated audience to identify less with the situation and characters issues. It is difficult certainly to translate a vileness, rapist, murder from the pages of a comic to the small screen. Yet at times last season they seemed to nail it. However far too often they left him to be a little Saturday morning cartoonish.
The other 58 minutes - There was no time to stop and smell the roses for the prison dwellers this week. Riddled with the killer virus killing off the infected quickly and painfully. Hershel (Scott Wilson) does everything but sport a cape. Forced to kill a few zombie patients, save a little girl, force tubes down the sick including Glenn (Steven Yuen). Hershel arose as the hero the group was in dire need of. Keeping as many of the sick a live as possible, and perhaps more importantly his efforts of keeping moral up. Eventually relieved by the anxiously awaited return of the road crew with antibiotics and supplies. Hershel not only showed his heroic side, we the audience gained a glimpse at his humanistic qualities. His unconditional love for his fellow man, paired with his moment of release over the fallen, gave our eyes and minds a reminder as to how much this character has endured and overcome to survive.
While the sick were fighting to survive inside the prison walls, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and son Carl (Chandler Riggs) struggle to maintain the group's safety outside. After another fence breach (in the video above) the father son duo are forced to open fire on a mini herd attacking. Again the writers carefully depicted the internal struggle that Rick has when trying to give his son a semblance of childhood and not strip him to an emotionless product of the zombie apocalyptic world. You can feel his distaste for the current state and fear for any type of future. Rick also outwardly is not confident about his previous decision to ban Carol (Melissa McBride). He even went as far to nonchalantly avoid Daryl (Norman Reedus) upon his return from the road. However give the good sheriff credit. When the proverbial you know what was hitting the fan inside and out of the prison, Rick was able to lead inadvertently through the mess, sending Maggie (Lauren Cohan) inside to assist Hershel and recruiting Carl to help protect the exterior. Proving once again he has the tenacity and leadership when the group's back is against the wall.