Another episode of THE WALKING DEAD, another cliff-hanger that leaves us begging for more. Can Daryl, Michonne, Bob and Tyreese outrun thousands of walkers? Will the disease claim more lives? Will Carol kill again? Will Tyreese kill Carol in revenge?
There was a palpable sense of fatalism from almost everyone in the camp, whether Carol warning Rick that they may not see another sunrise to Glenn complaining that all he’s doing lately is digging graves. Everyone seems to sense the Grim Reaper just outside the gates. And why not, with the disease inside the fence? And, as far as anyone knows, a mad killer on the loose?
This week’s story is unusual in that it does not feature our usual intrepid little band of survivors, instead focusing in on lost sheep Andrea and her new pal, the katana-wielding Michonne. But that doesn’t make this a bad episode; in fact, it’s a very important chapter. Merle is reintroduced (with a blade replacing his severed hand), the town of Woodbury is introduced, and we get to meet the man in charge – and the season’s Big Bad – the Governor. The Guv is a very popular character from the comic book series.
I tip my hat to The-Powers-That-Be for making an exposition-heavy episode so entertaining. This is one of those stories where characters are moved into place and conflicts are set up for future episodes, but the story still worked for me. And I’ve been wondering what was happening with Andrea and Michonne since they left their safe haven.
Everyone pretty much agrees that what was wrong with the last season of THE WALKING DEAD was that it featured too many humans sitting around a dull farm chatting and whining about a missing little girl, and too few walkers walking — and even fewer of those zombies getting dispatched in creatively gruesome, ichor-soaked ways.
Well, it is clear that executive producer/show-runner Glen Mazzara has taken those criticisms to heart, because the premiere of the third season featured more zombies than all of last year’s shows combined, and our heroes got to kill them by the boatload in scenes of tense, close-up hand-to-hand combat.
Hey, kids, it’s almost Halloween (not really, but just work with me), and that means it’s almost time for AMC to bring back to life one of its signature series, THE WALKING DEAD.
When the show rises again, it will be with an expanded cast. Joining Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) merry band of survivors will be the mysterious, katana-wielding Michonne (Danai Gurira) — just in time to go up against new villain the Governor (David Morrisey). But is the Governor really a bad guy? Is his walker-free settlement, Woodbury, a paradise or something else entirely? (If you’ve read the comics, keep quiet!) Check out these cool new photos!
THE WALKING DEAD returns with the first of 16 new episodes — that’s right, 16, the longest season yet — Oct. 14 on AMC.
AMC’s horror hit THE WALKING DEAD is expected to have a big presence at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 later this week, and this poster is supposed to be part of it — unfortunately.
This poster is very disappointing on a couple of levels: First, and most obviously, this is one sad excuse for a Photoshopped image. As usual, it’s blatantly obvious that the heads are pasted on (they are different sizes and lighted differently than the bodies). And who is that poor chap on the right? Is that… the Governor? Wow, it doesn’t look like David Morrissey at all. It took me a few moments to figure out it’s supposed to be him. And then there’s Michonne: Apparently actress Danai Gurira has an incredibly short torso — or maybe just a ginormous head and superlong arms?
Secondly, the image gives no real sense of what the new season will be like, beyond featuring a couple of new characters. Granted, it’s main purpose is to inform con attendees of where to find panels and autograph sessions, but still — would it have killed AMC to include more of the prison than just a chain-link fence?
Don’t get me wrong, this poster is dampening my enthusiasm for the show; I just wish it had tried to do more to whip up excitement in other people.