For someone who has been looking for more action this season I was utterly blown away by the Walking Dead season finale. So little happened yet so much happened. The intertwining of the Governor's attack along with Andrea's intimate battle with Milton had me on edge for the entire episode.
Governor turns on Andrea
As we know from the previous episodes, Andrea was already locked up and handcuffed to a chair. In the season finale, the Governor tries getting Milton to shoot Andrea. Knowing he won't do it, he stabs him in the stomach and whispers cruel last words as he's dying.
He tells him that since he didn't kill Andrea, as he stabs him, he'll be killing her as he turns into a zombie after death. He then locks him up in the same room with Andrea hand cuffed to the chair.
His words sent chills up my spine.
To make it worse, he adds,
"In this life now, you kill or you die ... or you die and you kill."
Milton falls to the floor in a pool of blood and the governor locks him and Andrea up in the room.
Milton stays alive for a while and him and Andrea talk. He tells her about the pliers lying next to her feet but urges her to hurry because he feels death coming.
They get into a deep conversation and Andrea regrets not killing the governor when she had the chance, twice.
The governor attacks Woodbury
The attack on the prison was much better than I expected.
Last episode, the Walking Dead made us think Rick and the crew were going to just leave the prison, avoiding the battle. In the beginning of the episode, we see the crew packing up, but we find out later it was all a setup to lure the governor and his goons from Woodbury deep into the prison for an unexpected attack.
The governor and his trucks charge in, shooting massive gun fire, and all you see is explosion after explosion. He shoots up the watch tower and every corner.
His men get out and go inside the prison where Rick and the crew normally stay.
They find nothing but a bible left open on a certain page. The governor picks it up and it reads:
"And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation"
I love this. So metaphorical. The governor throws it down and continues on his hunt.
They go deep inside the prison. A boobie trap of zombies is left.
And boom - a bunch of zombies come out from every corner in the darkness of the hallways. They fight, but the men eventually start running out of the prison from fear.
Unfortunately for them, Glen and Maggie start attacking the men as they come out with rifles. Shooting and killing them quickly.
I didn't think Glen had it in him, but he's grown so much this season.
They all drive off and leave the prison.
Carl getting crazy, kills someone in the woods
Carl is with Herschel in the woods upset hat he couldn't be apart of the battle and suddenly a kid walks up on them accidentally and has a rifle in hand. As Carl draws, the kid puts down his gun to hand it to Carl. Out of nowhere, Carl shoots him.
Herschel tells Rick, later on, that Carl killed the kid without reason.
Rick talks to Carl about it, but Carl has no regrets, and reminds his father that every single person he let go, without killing, came back to kill someone close to them. Andrew killed his mom and the governor is attacking, and the walker they let go killed Dale. He had the chance to kill them all at some point. Carl just walks away saying,
"I did what I had to do."
I sort of agree with Carl in a way. They're living in a tough world and its really hard to distinguish right from wrong and how far empathy should go in such a cold world where you can die at any second.
Governor kills everyone in his group
As the people from Woodbury drive off, the governor forces them to stop. He gets out of the truck and questions them why they ran away.
They say they're just not built for fighting off the zombies and when an eery silence takes over the governor draws his rifle on all of them and kills them all. One woman is left alive as she plays dead and the governor runs out of bullets.
This blew me away and was the action I was waiting for. It finally clarifies the governor's true evilness. Not that I wanted him to kill those people, but it finally tells us where he stands. His two henchman, although frightened and shocked, get back into the truck and drive off with him.
Andrea fights for her life
The moment we all have been waiting for. We get back to Andrea. Rick, Michonne and his crew go to Woodbury and find Andrea.
They had me thinking she was going to make it. I mean, c'mon, Andrea?? Honestly I thought she would never die.
Andrea reveals a huge bite on her neck leading to her chest and its obvious shes just not going to make it. Tears come down Michonne's eyes, as well as Rick's, as Andrea asks about everyone else's safety back at the prison.
Andrea says, "I tried."
She then tells everyone she would rather kill herself. Everyone leaves the room, but Michonne stays with her. As the camera pulls back, showing Rick and Darryl waiting, we hear Andrea's gunshot.
The pacing was so good, because you think you'll hear the gunshot right away but it was built up so intensely.
Rick brings people from Woodbury back to the prison
The woman tells everyone at Woodbury how the governor turned against them and killed them. Unexpectedly, Rick makes a call to bring back everyone left at Woodbury to join him back at the prison. When Carl finds out he doesn't seem too happy.
What I love about this season and the episode is the growth of so many characters. Rick finally ends his madness, lunacy and confusion. He stops seeing Lori and has come to terms with democracy. His son, Carl, seems to have regressed and has come to terms with a world of darkness that calls for decisiveness and a lack of empathy.
Which side are you on Carl's new out look or Rick's?