Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead, "Live Bait", will see the long-awaited return of the one-eyed, mass-murdering despot, The Governor. The last time we saw the sneering madman, he was fleeing through the Georgian countryside having earlier decided that diplomacy was overrated and shooting his former subjects was the way to go.
It's been 6 months in Walking Dead time since that bloody exchange and we hadn't seen hide nor hair of him until he turned up at the prison perimeter looking lean, mean and spoiling for a fight. It was also at this moment that my heart sank, a look of mild irritation passed across my face and I thought to myself, "Oh for f@%k's sake, not him again!"
He feels to me like a cartoon villain that has been drawn with big, cliched brushstrokes
You see, I don't really like the Governor. He feels to me like a cartoon villain that has been drawn with big, cliched brushstrokes. I didn't mind seeing him bring his own brand of naughty for a couple of episodes, but his character isn't captivating enough to carry a villainous interest for an entire season. I still shudder at the thought of the prolonged and painful exchanges he had with Andrea in Season 3 as their "will they/won't they" relationship failed to elicit any meaningful emotion in me other than to make me consider plucking out one of my eyes out with a spoon.
Maybe I'm alone in thinking this, but I would like to see the Governor given a two-episode arc, perhaps even a flashback episode showing what he's been up to these past few months (my guess? Zorbing. I bet he bloody loves it!). I'm genuinely interested to learn how he survived through the winter and what happened to his two gun-totting cohorts. But beyond that, I don't really care. In an ideal world, Michonne will finally catch up with him and make fillets out of his flesh and use his ankles as a decorative set of bookends for the library.
Or maybe Lizzie will kill him with a stapler. That kid is seriously weird.
This new season has been spectacular so far, but all that hard work could go to waste if we are left with the Governor and Rick butting heads for the next 10 episodes.
Am I alone in my Governor grievances? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.