The Season 4 mid-season finale of The Walking Dead saw a ton of character death, but the two most major exits had to be The Governor (David Morrissey) and Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson). Given that TWD is an apocalypse survival show, some death — deaths of beloved characters, even — are necessary for the progression of the show. We can still look back, though, and wonder whether or not a character's death was the right choice, or if the timing was right.
Both The Governor and Hershel's deaths seemed inevitable. The Gov. was pretty much a monster by the time his tenure on the series ended, and Hershel, while ridiculously badass, was one of the series' older characters — not to mention the missing leg. What we want from you, though, dear readers, is to tell us whether or not their deaths happened the way they should have.
In Season 4, Episode 3: Hershel had gone on an impassioned tirade on how you risk your life in this world no matter what. "You don't have a choice," he told his daughter Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan). "The only thing you can choose is what you're risking it for." Hershel did, in a way, lose his life protecting the Prison residents, but they were chased off the premises regardless. After he almost died so many times — searching for food, tending to the flu patients — it could seem anticlimactic that he died distracting The Gov. by getting his neck hacked at with a machete.
The Governor, meanwhile, had a huge season, with a couple of full episodes devoted to him without Team Prison even really entering into them. His death was written to be much more satisfying than it was in the comics, and his evil deeds immediately preceding his death certainly helped with that. But we didn't get to see quite the same amount of psychological terror that The Gov. can instill in his enemies, as he did with gaslighting Andrea (Laurie Holden). How crazy could it have been to have an episode with him trying to co-exist in The Prison with Rick Grimes, wreaking havoc and playing mind games?
What do you think? Were Hershel and The Gov.'s deaths timed right, or should the writers have waited? Vote below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!