Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead (Season Premiere)

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 1 “Seed” (B+)

This was an especially dark start to what’s sure to be a game-changing season, where a farm with a poisoned well will hardly be the most enthralling place to live. Leaving out dialogue in the first scene as the group ran from house to house was a chilling beginning, and watching them systematically take out all the walkers at the prison indicates that everyone has been transformed from what they used to be. Hershel in particular looked extremely wearied, no longer objecting to killing walkers in cold blood, and it looks like he may have just breathed his last, either from the bite on his leg or the subsequent surgery by Rick that removed it. The walker guards wearing masks presents an interesting new challenge, but Maggie seems to have solved that pretty easily. Far more intriguing would be the prisoners watching the amputation who are all very much alive. Andrea has also found herself in what looks to be a fascinating situation, and I’m sure her relationship with Michonne will continue to be extremely interesting. It’s nice to see Daryl and Carol getting close to intimate, and fun to see a very grown-up Carl romancing Beth, as the two suddenly aren’t that far apart in age. Rick has definitely taken on a new identity for the group, and it’s scary to hear Lori, who clearly feels abandoned by her husband, talking about the possibility of her baby being stillborn and immediately turning into a walker. Welcome back, the most chilling show on TV!

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