Overall I did enjoy the episode and thought it was the best episode with the governor to date. I liked it for the same reason I liked the movie about Hitler called Downfall. It gives you some perspective about what makes the person tick - you don't have to like the character or grow fond of them, or give them any benefit of the doubt, but you start to better understand them. The best thing that former henchman could have done for his future was shoot the govenor in the pit when he came upon him at the end of the episode. He knows full well what the governor is capable of after witnessing him mowing down the whole town. How would you ever trust a man like that? Ever...
A friend of mine at work this morning told me that back story about the Governor's new name "Brian". Apparently that's the govenors real name, and "Phillip" (as he was called at Woodberry) was his brother's name. He basically assumed his brother's identity after he was killed because his brother was a protector of Brian, and was always looked up to by Brian (the Governor). Penny, the governor's walker daughter, was actually Phillip's daughter. So basically by calling himself Brian now - he is in fact perhaps reverting back to who he really is. Take that for what you will --- but apparently that's the backstory from the comics, which I've never read.
Here's the link:
If the link comes up empty just type Philip Blake in the search this wiki box.Edited by Archaea - 11/19/13 at 7:50am