The Walking Dead – Can The Governor be Redeemed? – IGN Conversation

Spoiler Alert! Eric and Roth talk about last night’s big Walking Dead episode and if the Governor can and should be redeemed.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    “A villain with complicated motivations is fine. A villain who is sometimes
    crazy, sometimes not, and who lacks a strong motivating agenda, is not so
    fine. Maybe someone like Michael Emerson could’ve made this work, but as
    is, the guy is too empty and random to be frightening or believable.” -The
    A.V Club

    Still, he is interesting in my eyes. I don´t care if he kills people, there
    are no rules anymore. He don´t need to redeem himself, but the last episode
    showed exactly that and gave some more depht to his character.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I think The Walking Dead’s writers are trying to show that this world is
    full of grey, not black and white. Sometimes we go into psychotic rages,
    then hug a dozen of puppies. Maybe not so ranged, juxtaposed, but you get
    what I’m saying. But I think that Rick is definitely capable of being worse
    than the Governor if given a certain situation.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I didn’t feel any pitty for the governor in this episode. I do worry about
    the safety of the child and the 2 women. By the looks of next weeks
    episode, he won’t have other viewers sympathy for too long. 

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  • November 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    They NEED to kill the governor, he killed too many people, they are only
    making us feel sympathy for him so when michone cuts his head we all feel
    sorry and confused about if his dead was good or not (because of all that
    redeption bullshit and his new daugther and wife that doesn’t know he is a
    murderer and would defend him even though he is a murderer and all that
    stupid shit).

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  • November 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Personally i thought this was the WORST episode of the season, such a shame
    considering the previous episode was miles better

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  • November 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    He’s definitely at the prison to get revenge. I believe Martinez’ group
    will kill the Governors adopted family after a dispute with the Governor
    and fail to kill the Governor and that will cause the Governor to revert
    back to his former self and kill Martinez & Co and seek further revenge. 

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  • November 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I think they’re developing the govenors character alot better, not
    necesarily a good guy, but not an evil one, it seemed that he had lost all
    hope, when walking in the steets, just managing to push a walker out of the

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  • November 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I believe the Governor can be redeemed. No one is ever gone too far in my
    opinion. Time heals everything and in times of war everything is iffy as
    was what he did in season 3. he fucked up, he realized it and want to atone
    for it.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    No he can’t be redeemed. If his brain was fucked up like Chris Benoit for
    doing his job than that’ll be a different story. The governor killed a
    group of ppl in cold blood including the kid with asthma. If Daryl sees The
    governor he WILL kill him for killing his brother Merle. If Rick sees The
    governor then he’ll kill him for killing Merle, axel, Oscar and ALMOST
    raped Maggie and ALMOST kill Glenn. So yeah it won’t really matter to Rick,
    Michonne, Daryl, and the rest. They WILL kill Governor no matter what he
    does for a little girl. 

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  • November 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    its painfully obvious the route they’re going with the governor. he’ll
    sacrifice himself for some big “greater good” motif either in the end of
    this season or the next. that’ll be his “redemption’.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I agree with the comment about his subtleties as an actor. When the little
    girl ran and jumped into his arms at the end of the episode, there was a
    subtle look on his face that showed so much about that moment. Definitely
    best actor in the show.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Listening to them makes me want to slam my head on my desk. I don’t want to
    leave a mean comment but IGN is a pretty big company, why can’t they get
    qualified people to do these reviews?

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  • November 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    No, he can’t be redeemed … he already showed his true colors during
    Season 3. He might seem good in the last episode but i guarantee its not
    going to last. I can see him possibly staying protective of that lil girl
    because he really misses Penny and wants to be a Father again…but those 2
    chicks, they’re nothing to him but piece’s of ass. He’ll kill them in a
    heart beat.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Redemption?! That guy has willingly tortured people and mowed down more
    than a dozen innocents of all ages. Now people tend to forgive him because
    he feels bad about it and helps that one family he meets with depressing
    music playing? What a misguided way of thinking.

    He’s not a grey character at all… He’s a very tragic character you may
    feel sorry for to have come to this, but now he is a monster that has to be
    put down. No question about it.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    From scene when he met the new family i have very bad feeling that he will
    kill old man with his own hands and shoot/rape 2 sisters and take the
    little girl, i did not lost that feeling after the end and i thing he will
    kill them in next episode, he is maniac and psycho and this kind of man
    cannot change or redeem himself from the past. He will never give up, and
    he will try to revenge Rick and Michonne for all he lost. But he will die
    trying eventually.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    He (the governor) will probably try and get the family to Rick’s group in
    order to save them after betraying his past group or finding their
    intentions not beneficial for the girls. He will allow himself to die to
    compensate for the safety of the girls, which is not complete redemption
    but at least gives his character some closure.

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  • November 26, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I think the governor should have a spin off as they cant have the random 8
    minutes of whats the governor up to and they cant have whole episodes of
    him and obviously he cant join back with the other. also i think they
    should shown him slowly turn good and also over a few more episodes or spin
    offs. i still like the governors character i felt sorry for him but once
    again it would have been more emotional if they focused 1 say before he met
    the group 2 getting to trust the group 3 the bit we see in the next time

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  • November 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I like the character the Governor is, but I hate for what he’s done,
    especially what he did to Andrea and Milton. But it looks like there’s
    somewhere inside him that’s still good and can be redeemed.

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  • November 26, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Would love to see him have the spin-off show, as David Morissey is a
    phenomenal actor! However, if he has to die, I think it’d be a nice twist
    for Carl to be the one to have to kill him.

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  • November 26, 2013 at 1:51 am

    No the governor can not be redeemed. Even in the episode when he was
    playing chess with the girl he said that some times a pawn can die but you
    dont lose the game. This is a reference to all the people he lost and
    killed. If you relate chess to this story the governor is the king and as
    long as the king is alive the game still goes on.

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  • November 26, 2013 at 2:36 am

    [Possible Spoilers Ahead]

    I liked the way they managed to put “The Rise of the Governor” in the
    storyline but I prefered the original version, I like the way they adapted
    tho. And having read that I don’t even know if he’s Brian or Phillip. Maybe
    he’s tired of being Phillip and wants to be Brian again. Or maybe he hates
    himself and wants to be like Brian who maybe didnt deserve to die?

    If you remember the scene where michonne finds his notebook the first three
    names in the list are Brian Bobby and Nick so it is possible that he is
    actually Phillip.

    I dont know

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  • November 26, 2013 at 2:55 am

    the governor was confused in the 3rd season. obv he done wrong, and the
    reason he was the man he was, was because of his daughter.
    so with the death of his daughter(zombie daughter) of course he was going
    to lose himself. He wanted revenge,but things did not turn out as he wanted
    so he lost it even more.
    At the start of the episode it did show the outcome of his actions. he was
    broken and was ready to die, which it was until he seen the girl at the

    I believed that he was going to redeem himself from when he burnt the
    picture of his family because it showed that he was finally letting go of
    the past to be someone different…however seeing as he is now around his
    old crew, he might not change.

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  • November 26, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I like where they’re going with the redemption story, I hope they keep him
    ‘good’ and somehow he integrates with Rick’s group. I know it would be hard
    to believe but it would be so interesting. 

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  • November 26, 2013 at 3:31 am

    I’m so happy that Lilly is now in the show. I have been waiting for so long
    for her to come into it. Now all she has to do is follow through with what
    she does in the comics

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  • November 26, 2013 at 3:43 am

    to me, redemption for him isn’t that far off. him and rick were both
    leaders and the reason rick didn’t want to lead was so he didn’t become
    like the governor. without this pressure on the governor and his sorrow, i
    feel he has become more humble. at the very least give him a fair trial

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