Ask any fan of the The Walking Dead series why they stuck through the somewhat slow-feeling pace of Season 3, and they’ll tell you that it was all for the chance to see the impending showdown between the Governor and Rick -“The Great War” that pits the town of Woodbury against the prison. In every episode leading up to the finale, fans were teased with scenes of Rick looking grimly toward the horizon, snippets of the growing lunacy of the Governor, and both sides preparing for what was bound to be a cataclysmic fight to the death (of the living!). In TV math that usually means one thing. It’s about to GO DOWN, and in a totally climactic way.
And did it? NO, it did not go down!
There was no cataclysmic fight. Instead, a few well placed flash grenades and cover fire from Maggie and Glenn were enough to send the Governor’s forces running.
Carl (who usually has nothing good to say) said it best towards the end of the finale, when Rick unloads a busload of former Woodburians. He incredulously looks at his father and asks, “What’s this?” Well said, because that’s what this finale feels like. Guess we’ll have to wait until season 4 starts in October to see the resolution of this war.