Like most viewers, I wasn’t very thrilled about the first half of Season 4 of the Walking Dead television series. To be honest, I felt cheated. After all, there was not a whole lot that really happened during it. Aside from Carol getting kicked out of the group and Maggie’s dad getting killed, I can’t think of anything all that memorable.
Now does that mean I’m going to call it quits and renounce my undying love for the series? What kind of loyalty would that be? Because I know from past experience that Robert Kirkman has what it takes to get the job done right, I am still hopeful. In fact, I whole-heartedly believe that the upcoming episodes of season four will help us remember why we fell in love with the show in the first place.
One of the biggest reasons I found it difficult to get into the last few episodes was that the characters had spent too much time at the prison. This setting actually carried on over from the third season. This of course meant that Rick and his group would have the same outlook, strategies, and the same old concepts to live by. In other words, there were no new real challenges brought into the show that the characters would have to cope with in order to survive the outside world.
Another reason the first half of season four failed to meet my expectations was because there was way too much time spent focusing on the Governor’s side of the story. At first, I was delighted to see there was a soft side to him and was hopeful that he would change. But when he decided to go back to his old ways, I felt like the last three or four episodes before it were nothing but a waste of time. These are not episodes that I will be going back to watch again. They are much too depressing and even somewhat boring.
Ironically enough, once I took a look at what I didn’t like about the first half of season four, I realized what would be different in part two. As seen in the most recent episode, the Governor died and Rick’s group had no choice but to flee the prison. This is great news for fans of the show who were just about to give up on the series entirely.
As a result, we’ll no longer have to endure the overly disturbing antics of a heartless Governor and the prison at last, will be old news. Without either of these two elements, I’m expecting a new and exciting story to unfold and I can’t wait.