Tuesday, November 26, 2013

'Walking Dead' Recap: 'Dead Weight'

Courtesy AMC
BY DENISE PURVIS

I have to apologize for the delay in my recap. I was on a boat until Monday, so I just now got to watch and recap the episode. This recap may seem a little different than my usual because I didn’t “real-time” recap this time, and, to be honest, I am a little shot out right now. I’m not sure if I have vertigo or just a three day hangover. Only time can tell.

This episode continues with last week’s story line of the Governor and his new “family”--Meghan, Lilly, and Tara. Martinez pulls the Governor out of the pit, but later tells him that if it wasn’t for Meghan and the others, he probably wouldn’t have helped him out. Side Note: He probably shouldn't have helped him out.

The two conditions for the Governor and his family to stay in Martinez’s camp are (1) Martinez is in charge and (2) everyone has to help out. You could see an evil twinkle in the Governor’s eye when he said that.

Later the Governor goes on a supply run with Martinez, Pete, and Mitch where they find a headless body tied to a tree that with a sign that reads “Liar,” another that reads “Rapist,” and a last body that has a photo of a three-person family with a sign that reads, “Murderer.” They theorize that the last person is the one that killed the first two. Cue up the music ... is this a parallel to the Governor’s past life?

Of course they stumble upon the walker remnants of the mother and daughter from the photo. Good ol' Brian/Governor kills them both with a flashlight. They shoot the shit for a while after eradicating the walkers and guzzle down some beer. You can tell that the Governor doesn’t want Martinez divulging too much about the Woodbury days. Yada, yada, yada. Mitch tells Brian/Governor that he was an ice cream truck driver turned tank operator, and Pete was a solider at Fort Benning. Brian used to be a mass murdering psycho that kept his zombie daughter on a leash and an aquarium full of zombie heads. Nahhhh, he just told him that he “survived.” Yeah, or something like that.

Meanwhile, there’s a lesbian flirtation happening with Tara and (newby to us) Alisha. All is well in the world as everyone returns to have a family dinner and nasty, old, hot beer. At one point Lilly notes that she hasn’t felt this safe in a long time. Right then you can almost hear the Governor’s psycho level hit the red.

Martinez wants to play Top-of-Camper-Golf drunk as piss with a well-known psycho. I can’t say that he didn’t get what was coming to him. The Governor beats him over the head with the golf club, hurls him off the top of the camper, and deposits him in the pit. No one thinks it’s weird that Martinez falls “drunk” into a pit that he probably dug himself. Pete dubs himself the new Governor, err, Main Bitch in Charge. You other guys may want to go ahead and start digging a new grave.

Sometime throughout the night, the Governor decides to round up all his main women, including Alisha (that romance advanced quickly) but gets thwarted by a pack of zombies that are half-buried in the mud.

They end up going back to the camp, but they don’t show that so I got incredibly confused. Basically it jumps to a scene with them dozing in the camper. The Governor heads to Pete’s camper and kills him. He then walks to Mitch’s camper and invites him to join him after telling him he killed his brother. I guess he was impressed by Mitch’s extermination of a guy that may not have been fatally injured.

To dispose of Pete’s body, he just ties an anchor to it and drops it in the lake so he can go admire it later. Hey, those folks are living in campers. You know they don’t have random aquariums laying around.

Tara and Meghan play a game of Tag-You’re-About-To-Get-Bit, but no worries, as the Governor gets his eye patch cheese cleaned by Lilly, he hears Meghan screeching. Of course he comes to the rescue just barely saving Meghan. The best part of this whole episode was Tara trying to pull the walker off of Meghan but only succeeding in pulling the meat and skin off of the walker’s leg. Have mercy.

At the end of the episode, we see the Governor peering at Michonne and Hershel through the woods where he draws his gun. Guessing from the previews for next week, he doesn’t actually shoot them.

Well, y’all, next week’s episode is going to be the mid-season finale. You know how they like to torture us. It looks like it’s going to be a show down (again) between the folks at the prison and One-Eyed-Bri’s group. Who will win?

Smaller Bites:
-Seriously, what’s going on at the prison? I’ll be so excited to see Daryl’s mullet.
-When are we going to address Carol’s absence, for the love of all that is holy?
-Who’s going to bite the dust next week?

Next week's "The Walking Dead", “Too Far Gone” will air at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.

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