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"Dead Weight" continues season four's midseason narrative drift, idling through a subplot that will leave some fans eager to move on to the next chapter.
"Dead Weight" gave this season a full head of steam as it cruises down psychopath lane, setting El Guv on a promising collision course with Rick Grimes and his not-ready-for-zombie-time players.
That's more like it. Is it bad to be excited that the Governor has gone back to his murderous, maniacal ways?
Because of the way the story has been laid out, we needed to follow The Governor's post-Woodbury journey, but the reality is the past two eps have been very slow and boring.
This is how I want my Governor - seated on his throne of crazy, revisiting old grudges, and making life even more hellish than usual for Rick and the gang.
The show's elegant portrayal of the heavy emotional burden of living with oneself, when surviving entails taking dehumanizing measures, has given it renewed focus and vibrancy
The emotionally vulnerable person we saw for a few minutes in "Live Bait" is, unfortunately long gone, lost in a haze of repetitive storytelling and characterization that's become a signature touch in numerous episodes this season.
Sometimes - a lot of the time, in fact - we don't think this show deserves nearly the amount of acclaim and success it's achieved.
Generally, episodes that spend most of their time in anticipation of what's coming up next leave the viewer wishing that the writers would just get on with it... There was certainly some of that going on here.
The problem is that this two-episode departure from the main storyline feels like it could have been condensed or not even used at all.
There's something to be said for the attempt that was made, and explored over time and with a bit more nuance, this really could have been one of the best character arcs on the series.
There's a problem with 'Dead Weight', and it's a big one - David Morrissey's alter ego aside, the viewer has no real attachment to any of the characters dominating the screen.
If the end result is that [the Governor's] back to being the same clown he was before, why did we need these two episodes, other than to give paychecks to Kirk Acevedo and Enver Gjokaj?