If Daryl Dies…

TWD_501_GP_0508_0811.JPGWe all know the meme, and judging by this teaser photo Entertainment Weekly posted from season five of THE WALKING DEAD, some fans may be tempted to break out the riot gear.

Looks like  Daryl (Norman Reedus) having a bad day at the cannibal compound, Terminus….

THE WALKING DEAD returns to AMC in October, as usual.

Get Psyched for the Return of THE WALKING DEAD

This video clip features the producers and several stars of THE WALKING DEAD talking about the new status quo and the challenges facing the survivors of the prison when the fourth season picks up again in just a few weeks.

It looks like our friends are widely scattered and mostly alone — however, Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) are still together. How will Beth (Emily Kinney) handle being alone for the first time? It seems a little surprising that Michonne (Danai Gurira) seems to be having trouble being alone again. Did she become too domesticated at the prison?

THE WALKING DEAD returns Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. on AMC.

THE WALKING DEAD 4.3: “Isolation”

TWD4033Another 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?
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THE WALKING DEAD 4.2: “Infected”

TWD40203Not even a week after I expressed my disdain for “contagion” storylines (while discussing SLEEPY HOLLOW) what does THE WALKING DEAD do? It plays the contagion card. And worse, it looks like this will be a major plot thread for the foreseeable future.

I just don’t buy into the inevitable course of infections in these storylines — the path of the disease is clearly dictated by storytelling needs. Somebody once said that we are much more forgiving of amazing coincidences in real life than we are in fiction, so it’s best to not put any coincidences in your story, but if you must, keep it to just one. And it’s always the most dramatically interesting people who get infected in these stories. It happens too often to be coincidence.
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THE WALKING DEAD 4.1: “30 Days Without an Accident”

TWD41About six or seven months have passed when the season four premiere reintroduces us to Rick and the denizens of the prison. In that time, the original tiny group has integrated the survivors from Woodbury and formed a quaint little farming town with a ruling council, organized work forces, lots of plants in buckets — and an army of the undead itching to get inside and eat everyone.

A lot of this introductory episode is devoted to establishing the new status quo and updating viewers on where all the regulars stand. Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) are still a couple — and no, she’s not pregnant — while Daryl (Norman Reedus) has become a celebrity around camp and possibly Carol’s (Melissa McBride) official boyfriend. Beth (Emily Kinney) does have a boyfriend — a new guy named Zack (Kyle Gallner). Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin) have settled in as important members of the team.
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THE WALKING DEAD 3.5: “Say the Word”

Ya gotta give it up for the makers of THE WALKING DEAD coming up with one hell of a cliff-hanger ending for this episode. Seriously, a mystery phone call? Is it reality calling Rick to come home? Or is it something a heck of a lot stranger – something that might make him do something really drastic!

No one died this week, which was pretty weird – but not as weird as the Governor lovingly caring for his zombie daughter. If she’s a good little biter, does she get to stay up late and watch the floating heads bob in the aquariums with Daddy? Is there an undead Mrs. Governor  upstairs, waiting for a little afternoon delight? Who knows what else this nutty guy is into?
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