- Moral Event Horizon: Philip, who is in danger of Jumping Off the Slippery Slope throughout the novel, finally crosses it after Penny is killed.
- Tear Jerker: Penny's death.
- The Woobie: Nearly everyone
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The discovery Phillip isn't the Governor but his brother makes the majority of the book analyzing Phillip's fall of grace pointless.
YMMV / The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor