27th Nov2013

‘The Walking Dead 4×06: Live Bait’ Review [Spoiler Free]

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun | Written by Nichole Beattie  | Directed by Michael Uppendahl

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The following review will contain some spoilers from last week’s episode.

So, last week was a strong and emotional episode, with most of the action taking place in the prison as Hershel and Glenn made the rounds attending to those suffering from the spreading infection. It was also an episode that saw Carl and Rick fight off the hordes as they tore away the chain-link that surrounded the grounds. Rick watched as his son opened fire on the walkers, with a look of surprise in his eyes. The episode came to a close with Glenn being saved by Hershel after Daryl and company returned with medicine to help the sick and the viewers being shown the side of the face of last season’s main villain, The Governor, watching the prison from outside the fence. A lot happened and it was a top notch installment.

This week was something completely different and a huge change of pace for the show, it was a stunning episode which re-introduced us to The Governor and we stayed with him for the whole hour.

The episode takes off from where we left this character last season and shows us what has happened to him in the time since we were last in his presence. We see what he has been up to and what sort of place he is in physically and mentally here and without giving anything away, the episode offers a new story with new characters that allows us to see The Governor in a new light of a new day.

There is no glimpse of the main group in this episode, a surprising fact but a welcome one, it allows us to meet back up with an old character while giving us a break from the main storyline, providing us with much more of a curiosity to see what is going on at the prison now.

The writing and performances in this episode from the small amount of characters we meet is very good and proves, regardless of what people think of this show, that the writing is exceptional and it still knows how to surprise us. This isn’t just a cold zombie television show, it is a horror drama with a heart and a soul and it has really stepped up its game this season.

Until next week.

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