08th Dec2013

‘The Walking Dead 4×07: Dead Weight’ 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 Curtis Gwinn | Directed by Jeremy Podeswa

TWD-4x07

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

On last week’s episode we saw the re-emergence of the character formerly known as The Governor. The episode, from beginning to end, was all about him. We found out, in part, where he had been, what he had been doing, and where he now resided since last we saw him at the close of season three. We witnessed him, now going by the name Brian, stumble upon a family of four people, two women, an elderly and sick man and a young girl, and found shelter in their apartment. The two women and the young girl followed Brian, after their father passed away, and he assured them he would keep them safe as they travelled to find somewhere else to call home.

This episode, like last week’s, is all about the former governor, and the new group of people that he has found himself with. We see Brian struggling with his past here, like we’ve seen many times before, and it comes to the forefront as he looks upon the young girl who travels beside him, a similar age to that of his late daughter. The new group, along with Brian, stumble upon old faces and find a new place to lay their heads.

The episode is another very interesting departure from the grounds of the prison and opens many possibilities on where this season is going to go in the coming episodes. We find ourselves, as this episode ends, meeting back up with the end of episode five, where Brian is looking at the prison from outside the fence. This ties the main storylines together brilliantly and allows future episodes to delve deeper into this vast new scope of characters and back stories that go along with them.

Another episode then, where the main cast are not to be found, and though it is a very unusual tactic, I feel like it has worked really well and freshened up the show after we had been stuck between the prison walls for a few episodes. It will be nice to get back to the prison soon and see what is going on with that group of characters, but this has been a nice detour and brings up plenty of intriguing question marks. Excellent stuff, once again.

Until next week.

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