i wasn't surprised the Gov' went after Hershal though. As calculated as the Governor was, that was a visceral reaction to defiance.
At that point TG was no longer looking for any "bargaining chip" to use, he was looking for the most emotionally devestating impact on the prison group. He understood the importance of Hershel to the group, and he knew that Hershel's two daughters were with them. He may even have understood the impact on Glenn through his relationship with Maggie... although he wouldn't have know that Glenn had been sick and was still in recovery - minimizing his threat as an adversary.Even though I hate to say it, I definitely feel that the Governor chose well in beheading Hershel. Michonne would not have had the same impact emotionally and he knew it. Heck, they were willing to almost hand her over a few months earlier. The Governor was a smart man. By taking the "innocent voice of morality" he gave the prison crew the bigger FU then killing Michonne and he knew it.
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the problem i had with hershel's execution was that rather than lying their bleeding out he still managed to squirm around on the ground despite his head dangling off of his neck with all the veins severed. with some people, i can understand how this would happen. adrenaline, shock, etc. but this is 60 yr old, grey beard hershel. its almost impossible for any young, ordinary, healthy human being to survive that first cut and wiggle around on the ground let alone hershel. totally unrealistic yet i still thought this was the best episode ive ever seen of any show. Ozymandias from breaking bad was a very close 2nd though.
wow, slow down, wait a minute, you mean you witness a reall beheading?
hershel was killed, in my opinion, for tactical and practical reasons. the gov had gotten to know michonne enough to be sure she wasnt going to express herself verbally in front of everyone, she would probably just sulk (like she did), while hershel, with that "it could work, you know it could" was probably touching chords into the gov's soul that weren't bound to be touched. in a sense, hershel, maybe more than rick himself, was reminding the gov that you can in fact BE DIFFERENT if you want, you can be a better man. therefore, by beheading hershel, not only TG killed the last voice of reason into himself, but also a symbol of good, metaphorically speaking.
I do not understand, the Governor should know that killing Hershel would immediate starting the fight, it is not necessary the same case if he kills Michonne, he could have someone point a gun at Hershel, then start cutting off things from Michonne's body, and tells Rick he would not stop until they give up the prison, if that still will not work, he can have Hershel in front of his poor people, dare Hershel's daughters and Glenn to shoot their fater themself or allow others shooting their fater, Hershel would be much more useful to him alive
Yeah, I cried like a baby.
RIP Hershel :'(