Leadership is a strange concept.
There are elements of leadership we admire and those we apologize for. At best, an effective leader needs to achieve the goals of his community, make tough decisions when they need to be made and advance the cause. The identification and execution of the methods are up to them.
We’ve slowly seen the toll leadership has taken on Rick. He’s become a shoot first murderer multiple times and felt less and less remorse after each incident. Was he right? We think so, or at least we hope so.
So when it comes to The Governor, the major villain of this series, it’s very important that we understand, and sympathize, with his motivations. His actions can remain diabolical, but his sense of duty must remain pure.
He’s the effective leader you apologize for.
Head into Woodbury AFTER THE JUMP…
Born Leader Let me get this out as plainly as possible. This episode left me very cold.
It’s not that it was inherently boring. It’s just that I was expecting a lot from The Governor. It’s like finally playing a long awaited video game and realizing during the first level that it isn’t quite what you hoped. Is it enough to give up? No. But are you worried that you might make it all the way through and ultimately be disappointed, yes.
The Gov was just… well… too in the middle. And not in a conflicted “is he good or bad” kind of way. In a stoic, sociopath kind of way. Which are the most boring sociopaths of all.
Take our pivotal character beat: he massacres a convoy of soldiers, presumably for their food and ammo. Unclear is why. There are plenty of good reasons. Maybe it’s just a numbers game, they only have so many resources and you can’t add 15 people to his population and at the same time, he can’t be seen turning soldiers away at the gates. Maybe he’s tried to bring in military types in the past and they screw up his strong man leadership. Or maybe he just likes killing people.
The dumbest choice is the third. Most notably because serial killers tend to make terrible leaders and The Governor’s biggest trait is that he is running a societal oasis in a raging hellscape.
I hope there is more here. I really do.
Merle Rooker is back.
It seems as if Woodbury has done him well. He was far more even keel and didn’t drop a single racial slur the entire hour. He even seemed downright conciliatory toward Andrea.
My biggest questions:
- Is Merle clean? Did the Governor help him kick the habit?
- Is Merle still racist? Has this time changed him?
- Does he regret his actions leading up to the “hand incident”?
Face Facts Dale face is dead. Long live the Michonne Mug!