The Walking Dead Season 4: Is Meghan Safe With The Governor? (POLL)
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The Walking Dead Season 4: Is Meghan Safe With The Governor? (POLL)

The Governor (David Morrissey) has himself a new best friend: Meghan Chambler (Meyrick Murphy), a little blond 10(ish)-year-old girl, who looks disturbingly similar to his dead daughter Penny — y’know, the one Michonne re-killed? It seems our Gov. might be in the throes of a redemption — or is he? Is Meghan safe hanging with the (possibly) reformed mass murderer?

To recap, here's where we stood at the end of Season 4, Episode 6, "Live Bait": The Governor, along with Meghan's mom and aunt, Lilly Chambler (Audrey Marie Anderson) and Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson), had left the Chambler household in search of a better place to live. The Gov. took a special interest in keeping Meghan safe, although whether or not that'll actually happen is up for debate. By the end of the episode, the group had taken shelter in a community of tents, which hardly seems like a replacement for a house.

MORE: If you missed the first Governor-centric Walking Dead episode, read our recap of Season 4, Episode 6, “Live Bait” here to catch up.

The Governor swore multiple times that he’d protect Meghan, and it’s clear she needs the protection. As far as we know, Meghan hasn't been out of the Chambler house since the Turn — so unlike child warriors Lizzie and Mika, Meghan’s not going to be great at handling herself. Mostly, she cowers in a corner clutching a stuffed animal. This means she’ll be completely dependent on what could be a very psychologically unstable person.

The Governor swore to protect her, but we're not sure if it was out of an actual instinct to protect Meghan or unchecked angst over his dead daughter. The Gov. doesn't have the best track record of keeping people safe — he does well for a while, but as we've seen before, things go south once he's under pressure. The people of Woodbury, under The Governor's leadership, were safe, happy, and healthy until The Governor gunned them all down himself. Yikes.

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"Integrating with these people and trying to be part of their lives — I think [The Governor’s] cognizant enough to know that's the worst thing in the world for these people," said TWD creator Robert Kirkman. Executive Producer Scott M. Gimple clarified that point: When The Governor seeks to protect people, he says, "that's when the monster comes out."

There's no denying that The Governor wants to keep Meghan safe, but his unstable mental state combined with his conflicted relationship with fatherhood seem like a recipe for an Of Mice and Men-style love-to-death situation. But we could be wrong.

What do you think? Is Meghan going to outlive us all, or is she a total goner in The Gov's hands? Vote below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

She's a goner.

The Governor is reformed!

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC.

Sarah Anne Lloyd is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!