The Walking Dead

Season 4 Episode 6

Live Bait

46
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 2013 on AMC
8.0
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A familiar face returns as each member of the group struggles to find his or her humanity in a world of constant threats.

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  • The Gov stand alone ep

    6.0
    This episode was too long drawn out and boring, it would have been better if it was shown as part of the main show and not as a stand alone.
  • Favorite episode of season 4

    10
    Live bait is my favorite episode of the entire season and it's in my top 5 favorites of the entire series. It was a nice change seeing how other survivors have been living and a nice change away from the prison. Great acting from DM.
  • Deal With It

    8.0
    It was nice seeing the more paternal side of the Governor, even if it feels like they're backtracking a major amount in order to humanize him again. I was really worried when they got in the truck that he was going to head straight for the prison, using them as "live bait" as the title would imply to do... what? I don't know what his plans or goals are now. He's not terribly compelling, but not someone I don't want to see more of, either. He's transitioning and hopefully by next episode we'll know into what. Also, old folks zombies. There's definitely a band name there.moreless
  • Live Bait

    7.0
    Good to have The Governor back. Seeing him in a depressed state made for fun, compelling and unique television, but by the time he got back to his vicious ways I was on board. Interesting and different was this episode.
  • Live Bait

    8.5
    We rewind to the end of last season to cover the Gov's movements which will lead him to outside of the prison at the end of the last episode. I always expected that he would kill Martinez and the other one last year who didn't kill him for putting down 20-30 of Woodbury's good residents. It was a good touch to just see him left behind by Martinez and then burning what was left of Woodbury to the ground. For some reason, if you're downtrodden and lonely enough it looks like walkers just pass you by as the Gov can just weave between them without incident from the looks of it. Along the way he meets a group of people who had been living in their apartment building since the beginning (one old, a little girl, and a mother and daughter). The controversial part of this episode comes from the Gov's character turn as he goes from irredeemable man to slightly redeemed man as he takes a shine to the new group and helps them with the euthanizing of the old man and becomes the surrogate father figure for the little girl. This show has always been about breaking down the rules of humanity in a world where your only allies are those still breathing around you so the question posed, much like the rest of this season, is whether even the Gov can come back if it all. Where is the line drawn for what was brought out in him? Surely he is made more human by caring for the little girl (who doesn't talk and is clearly a cipher to stand in for his daughter). David Morissey is one of the better actors on the show so watching him for the length of the episode, even without much in the way of dialogue, still had me enthralled to gauge his reactions to these new people. But the problem is, much like Rick told Carol, is to go find a group of people who have no idea who you are and blend into their crowd without them ever finding out. This episode was a lot more slow paced than a good deal of the rest of this season has been but I liked the change in perspective as the Gov has always been an interesting villain to watch and now to give him the "Ben Linus" treatment of going deep into his motivations in a big way because of popularity is a very smart move on the writer's part. We even got some hardcore zombie kills while him and his group were out on the road. The pit of walkers that he dispatched with his bare hands to protect the little girl, especially the bone decapitation, were way awesome. One thing that didn't work for me was Martinez being the one that finds him in the hole. I was hoping he wouldn't pop up again so soon and that if any humans were to have found them it would be the group from Season 2 (even though we never saw them except for the two Rick shot in the face) or a completely new one. But having someone who knows what the Governor did and will no doubt tell his new friends what he was like in Woodbury will turn his new family against him. Also didn't need him starting up with the mother, even though everyone seems to be having end of the world sex at this point anyway I'm just grateful it wasn't with the younger daughter who barely looked to be out of her teens. Next week's preview looks to also focus on the Gov and his new path so what I see in the weeks to come is his path filled in up to the point of his returning to the prison over the next few episode then possibly have the midseason finale episode be all about his returning to the prison or have the narratives converge as the cliffhanger of the midseason finale. Either way I like the split focus since spending too much time with the key group can get tedious after so long and the Gov is such an interesting character, and Morrissey is such a commanding presence, that he makes his own episodes feel deserved and well worth the show's time spent on it.moreless
Audrey Marie Anderson

Audrey Marie Anderson

Lilly Chambler

Guest Star

Meyrick Murphy

Meyrick Murphy

Megan Chambler

Guest Star

Danny Vinson

Danny Vinson

David

Guest Star

Jose Pablo Cantillo

Jose Pablo Cantillo

Caesar Martinez

Recurring Role

Alanna Masterson

Alanna Masterson

Tara Chambler

Recurring Role

Travis Love

Travis Love

Shumpert

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When asked what his name is by the survivors he meets, the Governor says that it's Brian. In the novel, The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, Brian is in fact the Governor's real name and the name he used back in season three, Phillip, was the name of his brother. The Governor started calling himself Phillip in memory of his brother after he dies.

    • Although credited, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene), Emily Kinney (Beth Greene), Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin Green (Sasha) & Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (Bob Stookey) do not appear in this episode. This episode marks the return of David Morrissey as a series regular as The Governor.

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