The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 6: “Live Bait”, was the first of two standalone episodes for The Governor (David Morrissey). As TWD creator and show executive producer Robert Kirkman says in the behind the scenes video below, this installment was a “bit of a departure” for the show, which traditionally focuses on multiple characters and conflicts at one time.
Still, Robert notes that Episode 6 was also “something of a risk that I’m really excited we’ve decided to take.” Lastly, it marked the first time the show has taken material from novels. The show often borrows certain plot points and details from Robert’s TWD comics, but until now the novels have been untouched.
In “Live Bait” viewers were introduced to The Governor for the first time this season. As showrunner Scott Gimple points out, The Gov. “was just walking like a walker, there was no purpose, there was no point” at the start of the episode, but his demeanor changed once he met Meghan Chambler (Meyrick Murphy) and her family
As special effects guru Greg Nicotero explains, once “Brian Heriot” meets Meghan and her family “he’s erasing everything that happened to him and rewriting his own history.”
And sure enough, when “Brian” and Meghan fall into the walker ditch, the man who wouldn’t touch the zombie by the fire at the start of the episode springs into action to protect someone he now cares very much about.
Producer Gale Anne Hurd sums it up best at the conclusion of the video. “We get to see the progress of The Governor, from a man who is almost aimless to one who is indeed rising again,” she says.
The question is, will The Governor’s rise mean he’s out for Team Prison’s blood, or has he truly had a change of heart now?
Check out the entire behind the scenes video below and feel free to share your theories in the comments.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET.