Thursday, November 15, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 5 “Say the Word” (B+)

This show is getting darker than ever, as more and more of Woodbury comes to disturbing light. The sight of the Governor brushing his walker daughter’s hair was extremely unsettling, and it’s even more disconcerting than the walker heads he keeps in his aquarium. The sensible Michonne didn’t take long to discover it, and she was wise to pull her sword on the Governor and then get out of there as quickly as possible. Andrea, on the other hand, had to wait to see the true horror of what’s happening there, as gladiator fights with chained walkers set off her moral compass. She has a fair point that making the people think that the walkers aren’t dangerous is extremely problematic, and I just hope she’ll be able to escape before her ideals get her locked away, or worse. It’s understandable that Rick would go to town on some walkers to vent his rage, though it seems like he’s not the only one with pent-up anger. It was startling to hear Glenn tell Hershel that a part of him wishes that they had killed all the prisoners on sight since he’s always been the gentlest of the crowd, but this world seems to turn even good-natured people into cold-blooded killers. The sight of Daryl feeding the unnamed baby a bottle of milk was wonderful, and it was appropriately underscored by Carl suggesting the names of each of the people they had lost as baby names. I’m intrigued by who is on the other end of that phone call Rick has just answered, and I’m sure it’s going to introduce us to a whole new world of problems.

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