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Posted on 04/01/2013 6:16:45 AM PDT by virgil283
The Walking Dead comes to a surprising conclusion in Sunday nights Season 3 finale. [Spoiler warning.]...I wont lie: I was hoping for the big, dramatic showdown between Rick and the Governor. Instead, The Walking Deads Season 3 finale ended on a mixed note, part tragic and part hopeful.
As a season finale, Im not sure this works. The last five or six episodes of the show have been all about rising tension. The drama, the stakes of the game, the whole arms race between Woodbury and the prison, all of it has built up to a breaking point, spilling over last week with Merles suicide run against the Governor and his men.
The problem with the Season 3 finale is two-fold: First, Merles sacrifice is rendered pointless now that the Governor has gone and killed off basically his own entire army.
Second, none of the massive amount of tension thats built up over the course of the season has been released or resolved...........
But what we have instead is a conscious decision to carry the existing conflict between the Governor and the prison forward. Why? For lack of a better villain? To flesh out the dwindling ranks of the survivors with a busload of new characters? New extras to feed to the walkers?
None of these questions result in satisfying answers. Fundamentally, this is a business decision, and sometimes business decisions are terrible for creative endeavors.
Many moments in this episode were great. The opening scene between the Governor and Milton, especially. Carls internal conflict and anger over Ricks betrayal of Michonne........"
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Ah well. Disappointing finale or no, the show has been at its best over the past few weeks. Season 4 starts up in October and Ill be waiting eagerly enough for the shambling dead. Hopefully we move beyond the prison, however, because another season sitting around in a structure, instead of battling it out on the road, isnt going to cut it.............."
Hey, I thought it wasn’t so bad...
Yes, the gov lives on...good for the next season...no prob with that.
Andrea gone is good and bad...she kept the groans going.
The gov wasting most of his “army” put to rest ANY sympathy for him and leaves him very vulnerable...
And taking in the people left from Woodbury gives other story lines and complications...
It works, IMHO.
Critics. Nuff said.
There are way too many whiny (and wantabe-script-writers) reviewers 2nd guessing each episode. And too many whiny commentors (of the “I’m not going to watch any more” variety) popping up.
Personally, I think the writers are doing a great job and nobody can question the quality of acting the cast is doing. I eagerly wait for Season 4’s arrival.
I think the governor will be more dangerous without a home base. He’s now forced to go guerrilla.
I do feel that they skipped through a lot of things to get to the end of the season when they should have split it into two episodes.
As far as battling it out on the road, it may be fine in the movies but in the real world, a solid defensible base is the way to go as long as you can feed yourselves. Personally I’d clear and reinforce prison defenses. You could grow a fair amount of food on the grounds and crews would still need to go out for supplies which would provide action for the show.
The season finale was rather disappointing, lackluster, compared to the previous episode. It was as if the writers didn’t know where they wanted to go with the story line.
I thought this season was the worst out of all of them. I got that feeling when they started off with this whole commune/Governor stuff, I was like oh no...please don’t go there because I knew it was going to get lame, get really stupid, and it did. “Yes the insane cult leader that nobody ever kills even though they have 9 gabillion chances to do so”...And we are going to get this crap next season as well because of course -—he wasn’t killed!
Yep, would have liked a two hour finale but...
The gov guerrilla is an interesting idea and will see how it plays out with him on the move...kept wondering if Rick might shift everyone to Wppdbury at some point to survive easier but prison might work too. I see your tactical approach but remember there’s not an emphasis on reality on TV...if so, I think they should have found a boat!!!
Loved the Bible left behind with the quote high lighted...
And the gov throws it to the side...it’s those details that make this show great...
The comic book version of the governor was evil right from the beginning (at this point in the comic book Rick is missing a hand that was taken off by the governor).
The TV show started the governor out as a reasonable guy. Now he’s a grade-A psycho and a real evil guy.
Also, we were expecting a big battle, but if the writers had gone that way, it wouldn’t have been as satisfying as everyone thought it might be.
I like the direction they’re taking with the story.
The governor knows Woodbury, he doesn’t know his way around the prison. The prison with enough defenders becomes a seriously strong defensive position that even women, children and elderly can help defend.
Personally I’d be out scouting around for construction materials like concrete blocks and steel. There should also be tank trucks sitting around full of gasoline and diesel. The governor left some serious weaponry on the road as well.
The Gov will find that other group that was in town when Doc was getting drunk. He will make friends with them and be back.
Yeah I think Carl did the right thing because he told the kid to drop the gun and the kid wouldn’t, he held it out but he wouldn’t drop it, so he shot him rather than risk the chance that the kid would suddenly lift it up and use it. Yeah the governor shooting his people while every stood around and watched is another example how stupid this season was. This show seems to be turning into another Lost, just getting uber ridiculous.
They are a group the writer has in reserve. He can bring them into the story anytime now.
And it leads to the question: surviving this way, what kind of life do they lead in the long run? Do they face constant challenges from other survivors who come across the prison? Or do they live happily in their compound until natural death? For the sake of the show, I think it may be the former....
I’m actually fine with the way they ended the season. Even though we can’t wait to see the governor get his, David Morrissey plays the most excellent bad guy I have EVER seen. It’s like I told my husband: the only time I’ve seen more heinous villainy was the vampires in “30 Days of Night”, and not by much, either. So we still have him going forward, and meanwhile he continues to rack up debt that ensures the eventual payoff will be enormously satisfying.
I believe Carl did the right thing. The kid refused to drop his gun, and it looked to me like he was leaning in to grab Carl’s. But Carl’s attitude needs to be nipped in the bud.
Andrea....meh. I was much more upset for Milton.
The only nit I have to pick is about the bus full of Woodburians/Woodburyites. I really don’t want to see our group start a combination daycare/old folks’ home.
I think it was left purposely ambiguous whether the Woodbury kid was going to drop his gun or not, but there is no doubt Carl shot him because he was pissed that his own father hadn’t done enough to keep the group safe, and he wasn’t going to make the same mistake. I have quibbles with other parts of the finale—instead of using flash bangs to confuse the attackers, why didn’t the prison defenders just blow the hell out of them with real grenades—but the Carl situation sets up great conflict for next season.
Carl was angry that he was not part of the assault team - his commentary later had the feel of an after-the-fact justification for acting like a sulky 12-year-old.
Where’d the governor get a Steyr AUG? Have any of y’all ever handled one? I’ve only seen one once, and didn’t get a chance to hold it.
I would look at the prison as a place to begin rebuilding. I wouldn’t totally walk away from Woodbury either. Woodbury is already fortified and makes a natural place to expand to as the population grows.
My wife hated the Andrea character because her hair was always too perfect, her roots were not gray like all the other women, she was always wearing clean new clothes and she even had a pedicure last night.
Also, too much talking with Milton when she should have been picking up the pliers.
The bus load of Woodbury folks will be killed off one at a time probably over the course of next season.
The whole scene silly. Like a pair of pliers could break through the hardened steel of the chain on handcuffs.
It would have been much more interesting if he had left a hack saw.
You did, which raises interesting questions. Was that a technical error? Or was another gun involved and why?
I know some people who know some people on the show. Apparently the actors didn't like the way the finale was originally written and basically staged a revolt that got the show runner fired. They more or less dictated what this episode was going to be. Also, a great deal of "who lives and who dies" is dictated by AMC corporate.
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That was my guess.
"I can talk my way out of anything!" Typical lawyer. Good riddance, Andrea.
HALF Agreed. While the Governor's 'troops' were not, as he even observed, 'battle tested', a rout of this magnitude wasn't realistic. Plus, from the tombs to the outside in one easy door? I thought the tombs were DIFFICULT to get to.
I will take issue with the problem with the speed of the Governor snapping and killing pretty much everyone. That is in keeping with the TV Governors mercurial and unbalanced nature. My only complaint is that they left the shots showing the massacre largely unseen. All this money and NOW they skimp on squibs and bloodbags???
Well Andrea was a civil rights attorney.
I like Carol, she started weak but became strong.
I’m with you about Carol. I also like how Maggie became a badass, too. Even Beth got in a kill shot last night.
The ladies are coming into their own.
I love the walking dead chicks, and I would hit each and every one of them (waiting for a year or so on Beth so she can be of-age).
I'm assuming that Andrea had only one bullet in the wheel, and had the presence of mind to empty that one casing, by snapping the wheel open, after she got done blowing her brains out.
You know, just a courtesy thing, so Rick didn't have to.
I don’t think he’s right. Merle’s attack definitely paid off, he took out the Governor’s seasoned fighters who wouldn’t have turned tail to run during the ambush, the prison defense would have failed if not for Merle.
And I think it’s good to not kill the Governor and bringing in the Woodbury people. I was actually thinking this season was going too fast, in the comics the Governor plot lasted 2 years, it had enough time for them to start growing crops in the prison yard, they actually looked like they were going to get a place to live. For the TV show the Governor conflict started right away, it didn’t have a lot of what made the prison interesting in the books. Now they’re setup to jump right into the good stuff of the prison AND the Governor is still a threat.
Why wait? Time is short in the zombie apocalypse. BTW, the actress Emily Kinney, is over 21...
I hadn’t thought about that group. He’s definitely turned into a leader for a group of marauders now. I think you’ve got a good guess there.
Thinkin' of the collective to the bitter end...
She just couldn’t shake her liberalism, and in the end, it killed her.
glad andrea is gone. thought it was a good ironic touch that he used Milton to do it. though she had her feet free, she could have kicked milton back a few times to finish freeing her other hand. if her legs worked wel enough to get the pliers they could have kicked a less than agile walker back a few times.
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