The following information includes spoilers from The Walking Dead’s Season 3 finale; so if you don’t want to be spoiled then don’t read any further. Or do, I don’t care. I’m not your mother.
For the very first time in my life, I am thoroughly disappointed in The Walking Dead. I’ve had moments where I haven’t been impressed with certain characters or directions the show has taken, but for the most part I’ve never felt like a mistake has been made, only that I wished they’d gone about things a little differently. But this time they’ve really messed things up. Instead of giving viewers an epic showdown between Rick and the Governor, The Walking Dead opted to spare the one-eyed psychopath and former leader of Woodbury, assuring us the Governor would live to fight another day.
When David Morrissey was first cast as the Governor, it was just for a single season – number three – which, naturally, led a lot of fans to assume he would die by the end of it. Not only did he not die, but he lived and seemed to have given up trying to kill Rick. Not so, says the Hollywood Reporter, confirming Morrissey would be back for Season 4. His battle with Rick isn’t over just yet. But that doesn’t make me feel any less cheated.
I assumed the Governor would meet his end in much the same way his comic book counterpart did: dying horribly during an assault on a prison Rick and his group had claimed as their own. The attack on the prison happened, but the Governor was easily fought off. Mad as can be – emotionally and mentally – the Governor gunned down his army, leaving only two loyal followers alive and taking them along as he drove off into the wild. Not only did this give the season an anti-climactic ending, but it felt like a complete cheat, an excuse to drag out conflict longer than it needed to. I wonder how the rest of the world feels and if this lousy ending will affect Season 4’s numbers at all.