Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Two guys walk into a bar, brandish guns at a tiny band of survivors of the zombie holocaust and say, “Take us and our group to your zombie-free safe haven or else!” Sheriff says no and shoots the interlopers dead. Only this ain’t no joke; it’s the life-or-undeath stakes of THE WALKING DEAD.
The Old West confrontation in the Deep South marked the climax of the winter premiere of TWD, which picked up exactly where the series left off in November: With Rick (Andrew Lincoln) lowering his weapon after shooting zombie Sophia (Madison Lintz) in the head. While the
dead truly dead were buried and burned (“We bury the ones we love, and burn the rest,” Andrea [Laurie Holden] declared), Hershel (Scott Wilson) high-tailed it to town to drown his sorrows.