The Walking Dead (2010– )
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Live Bait 

The Governor bonds with a small family following the downfall of Woodbury.

Director:

Michael Uppendahl

Writers:

Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes (credit only)
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon (credit only)
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee (credit only)
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Rhee (credit only)
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes (credit only)
Danai Gurira ... Michonne (credit only)
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier (credit only)
Scott Wilson ... Hershel Greene (credit only)
David Morrissey ... Philip 'The Governor' Blake / Brian Heriot
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene (credit only)
Chad L. Coleman ... Tyreese Williams (credit only)
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams (credit only)
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Bob Stookey (credit only)
Audrey Marie Anderson ... Lilly Chambler
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Caesar Martinez
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Storyline

Brian Heriot wanders without direction and disconnected from the world, until he meets a family living in a building. Tara and Lilly take care of their terminal father David and Lilly's daughter, the autistic Megan, in a small apartment and they welcome Brian. He helps the family to bring more oxygen supply and to bury David and becomes close to Lilly. Then they decide to move using the delivery truck that belonged to the deceased father. In the middle of the road, the truck breaks down and they need to walk. When a group of walkers comes toward them, they need to run and Megan finally reacts and Brian saves her live and promises that he will always protect her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official iTunes Season 4

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The skull-crushing moment needed more than just a prosthetic walker head for full impact. A fake hand was also used to prevent injury as it hit the solid wall of the pit. See more »

Goofs

When Lily is tending to the cut on the Governor's head, she blows on the wound. As a nurse, she would not do that as it would introduce germs from her mouth into the wound. See more »

Quotes

Meghan Chambler: [Holding up a pawn] What's this one called?
The Governor: That's a pawn. They're your soldiers.
Meghan Chambler: Do they die?
The Governor: Sometimes.
Meghan Chambler: Do you lose if they die?
The Governor: [Glances in the bedroom] No, not necessarily. You can lose a lot of soldiers but still win the game.
Meghan Chambler: [Megan holds up the king]
The Governor: That's the king. That's the guy you want to capture.
Meghan Chambler: [Megan goes to the kitchen counter, returns with a Sharpie]
The Governor: What're you doing?
[...]
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Featured in The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far (2016) See more »

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The Walking Dead Main Title
Written by Bear McCreary
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The Governor returns
29 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Had heard nothing but great things about 'The Walking Dead' from friends and IMDb reviewers. It took a while to get round to watching, both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Finally getting round to it a few years ago and slowly working my way through it, having had a very long to watch and review list, 'The Walking Dead' turned out to be very much my cup of tea and as good as the hype made it out to be, have found it extremely addictive.

""Live Bait" is another quieter/lighter episode rather than the gutsy adrenaline-rush of other episodes, and lacks other episodes's tautness but, despite being the weakest episode of Season 4 up to this point, it is still a very well done episode that handles this approach well. It is yet again a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is a thought-provoking episode with some tension and emotion, though these two are stronger in previous and later episodes.

It still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.

My only complaints of "Live Bait" were that it occasionally did drag a little in the more talk-heavy scenes, which there was slightly too much of.

Like all the episodes of the show, "Live Bait" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

The writing is intelligent and thought-provoking, a bit heavy on the talk at times but intrigues still, with lots of slow-burning tension and emotional resonance and shows signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more eventful parts are suitably uncompromising.

Appreciated the ever strong and still progressing story, where there is never the mistake of being confused or over-stuffed, and character building, which the episode has a bigger emphasis on, and that the pace is rarely dull or rushed, with a taut intensity in the more tense parts. The character writing and the character interactions are what is particularly great here, the development for the Governor was appreciated and it fascinated as well as resonated.

Everything is nicely paced without rushing through the more important parts, not exactly taut but not dull. The world building is already stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted, David Morrisey here is terrific.

On the whole, very good but it is understandable if it doesn't work for some. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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