I enjoyed it...
Darryl seems to be on his own, but as near as I can tell...
-Glenn is on the bus with a bunch of random survivors.
-Maggie, Tyrese, Sasha (I think), and Maggie's sister, and Bob I believe, are together and maybe have a secondary way out (Maggie hinted at that maybe in TD).
-Darryl is, seemingly, on his own.
-Michonne is seemingly on her own as well, but she saved Rick only to dash off and not help him find Carl? Weird.
-A prison "sniper" guy who was unnamed got capped.
-Rick and Carl are together.
-Gun totin' toddlers are off in their own weird little "feral child" pack.
-Judith is... My theory... With the mysterious psychopath. Be it one of those random crazy kids, or an unseen character who was stalking the prison and is batshit crazy and now without a home as well.
-Lily and her dip**** sister are, theoretically, still alive. Her sister is behind the tank within the prison itself when it is stopped, and she's having a bit of a meltdown. She did follow them up to the prison itself though. Her honey's toast of course, but she's around and never shown killed that I ever noticed. Assuming she hooks up with her sister again and they keep surviving, I suppose it's possible they carry on as well, but what would the point be? Both are beyond worthless.
Bob's box I assumed to be booze, but now... eh, I dunno. Didn't really think it was something weirder.
I LOVED the Irish chick making an appearance. Love when they easter egg you.
On the Governor.... I kind of liked it, but in that it was an almost wholly separate and sad story... The Governor arc we're shown to see how the world can completely **** a person up beyond belief, and what monsters can be made in this world, and that there's worse ones to come most likely. He's a guy who almost made it back, but just couldn't quite get there. Rick could... Ying yang and all that crapola. And it came to a head as they talked at the fence... Rick came back. That's why Herschell smiled that last smile. He knew Rick was ok... And if Rick's ok, he knows his daughters are far better off most likely (Nothing's perfect, but a collected and focused Rick is a better than one who just wants to farm peas).
On the other hand, we got to see where Rick could've gone... Where the group, could've wound up under a Shane. The Governor embodies giving up being a normal sane human being all together, and he just leaves a wake of chaos and death behind him. He gets his new family killed more or less. He kills good people so they don't interfere with him. He gets a whole group of sheep to follow him and die trying to take out the prison... He's a mess.
I felt like the whole arc of the Governor was showing us what NOT to do and that he was inevitably going to be toast because Rick does it right (for better or worse), and the Governor does it wrong (and it's always worse because he's such a ******bag he can't leave well enough alone).
Loved some of the deaths...
I enjoyed that Michonne gets to off the Governor, though part of me wanted Rick to do it because he's just my favorite.
I loved the tanker brother getting offed by Darryl... He didn't get to see Martinez again, and part of me thinks he and Martinez would've worked well should they have met up with his group and brought them in. Again, the Governor messes things up...
BTW I guess the tanker in the comic is far different from this one because this one in the last episode said it's his tank, so I guess that's why he knows how to use it.
On the tank itself... I agree, using it as it was being used, pretty dumb. Then again, assuming the one guy commanding it was the only one who knew what to do, and whoever was inside loading, firing, and driving were just random dudes from the camp, I guess I can accept to that they'd just start opening up without much of a solid plan on where to shoot, or what to do, really. It's the only thing I can think of that makes any sense... You give civilians hardware like that and they'd just go goofy with it I guess.
I agree with Chris on NOT liking them using the M60... I knew from even distant shots that it was a post WW2, pre-modern era tank... Now, I don't profess to know what is available on an army armored base for someone to hop in, in a bad situation, and roll out with...
Could it be that the M60 was part of some surplus around the base? How likely is that (Honestly, I have no clue)? Could the apocalypse, and the US's military and armor spread around the globe, have prompted us to bring out some hardware from mothballs to try to suppress things going awry domestically? And really, are they even available? Or were they all sold off privately or to other countries?
So the tank was slightly anti-climactic for me, ultimately. They made the half-assed M1 in Season 1 so it surprises me they couldn't have come up with something similar for this. Something not so obviously outdated at least.
Hershel goes out like a champ... Seeing the tanker go down like a chump, plus the hot military lesbian take a shot to the head from a little kid, was kind of fun. The Governor's death was a little quick for my liking though, with the put down. I'd have preferred him being left to be eaten alive because he deserved that.
In general I really enjoyed the season so far... The flu thing was slightly slow but I felt it picked up after that and went pretty well.
Talking Dead was definitely emotional for the people there, except Kirkman who clearly doesn't give a ****, which is kind of funny. I'd have preferred a lot more of him chatting about the 2nd half, but from what was said, they didn't show much because it all will give stuff away.
A commercial showed quick snips from next half as well, and it showed pretty much all the mains.
Honestly I think Tanker Brother was maybe the most satisfying death because, well, what a friggin' ******* he was.