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The Walking Dead: Season 4 Episode 7 Reviews

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Randy Dankievitch
TV Over Mind
February 25, 2020

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.

Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez
Tom & Lorenzo
June 18, 2018

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.

Nate Rawlings
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
July 8, 2015

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.

Kevin Yeoman
Screen Rant
July 8, 2015

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.

Sean McKenna
TV Fanatic
July 8, 2015

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
John Lopez
Grantland
Top Critic
July 8, 2015

"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.

Richard Rys
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
July 8, 2015

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roth Cornet
IGN Movies
July 8, 2015

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Morgan Jeffery
Digital Spy
July 8, 2015

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.

Alan Sepinwall
HitFix
Top Critic
July 8, 2015

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?

Ted Pigeon
Slant Magazine
Top Critic
July 8, 2015

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

Zack Handlen
AV Club
Top Critic
July 8, 2015

This was one of the highlights of the season so far, and goes a good distance towards helping to shore up some of the questionable aspects of the Governor's character.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Surette
TV.com
July 8, 2015

I guess the whole purpose... was to expect the unexpected from this guy while he's being ripped in two by his dueling consciousnesses. It made "Dead Weight" an hour full of surprises, but seriously WHO IS THIS GUY and what does he want?

Paul Vigna
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
July 8, 2015

The Governor's been reelected.

Terri Schwartz
Zap2it.com
July 8, 2015

After the surprising and somewhat disturbing turn The Walking Dead made in last week's "Live Bait," the AMC series had much poorer execution in delivering the transformation of the Governor 2.0.

Maricela Gonzalez
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
July 8, 2015

That's more like it. Is it bad to be excited that the Governor has gone back to his murderous, maniacal ways?

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