TWD TBT–The Dead Accuse: Past, Present & Future in Epx407
Bicycle Girl discusses the symbolism and foreshadowing of the dead bodies The Governor encounters in Dead Weight in this The Walking Dead Throwback Thursday post.
Happy Throwback Thursday, TWD family! It’s been a busy week, but I did have time to think a little bit more about Dead Weight, Episode 407 of The Walking Dead.
Last week, we took a look at the chess scene that occurred at the start of the show. This week, I want to talk about the supply run that “Brian,” Martinez, Mitch and Pete make following the opening credits.
On their way to the cabin of a supposed survivalist, the four men encounter three dead bodies. Not walkers, but actual corpses–the kind that don’t bite! Each one is wearing a sign that names a crime, the sight of which seems to affect the Governor.
The Governor who lied numerous times during Season 3, including to the people of Woodbury and to Andrea.
The Governor who sexually assaulted Maggie when she was being kept prisoner.
The Governor who killed the makeshift Army from his own town.
On the final body–that of the man who killed the first two–the Governor finds a family photograph stained in blood. The photo shows a wife and a daughter, a family not unlike the one Phillip had before the apocalypse.
During this short walk, the Governor is confronted with his recent sins and reminded of the man that he used to be before all of this. Just as in the first scene, we see him in a position to make the choice to continue down his previous path or to try to become like the man in the photograph and lead a good, peaceful life with Lilly and Meghan.
In the end, he decides that in order to have that family, he must be willing to commit evil acts. He believes that’s what it takes to survive in this world, but in this early scene in Dead Weight, the signs on those dead bodies clearly weigh on him. Each is an accusation of guilt.
The first body, to me, has a second purpose.
When I see it, I can’t help but think of this moment:
And so uttering the word printed on the first sign, the Governor shows he is the murderer as the third sign accuses, killing the father of the girl whose assault was symbolized by the second sign.
Yet again, the Walking Dead does an amazing job of mixing the present, the past and clues about the future seamlessly into one scene.