Thursday, December 6, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead (Mid-Season Finale)

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 8 “Made to Suffer” (B+)

The trouble with a mid-season finale is that it’s not obligated to resolve anything, and instead can end completely in the middle of the action, something that broadcast networks tend to do at the end of a season but which cable shows usually avoid. Fortunately, we only have to wait two months for the show to return, but it will be an agonizing time considering how things have been left. Opening with a whole new group coming across the prison ensures that there will plenty of complications to come, especially considering the woman’s anger about Carl keeping them locked in a cell. I’m not quite sure what will become of Axel’s awkward budding romance with Carol, but I think everyone has much more important things to think about at the moment. The rescue of Glenn and Maggie wasn’t too difficult, but it sure was bloody, and the fact that the Governor survived is not good for those at the prison. Rick hallucinating Shane was a bad sign, but he gained his focus back quickly enough. Michonne coming across the Governor’s daughter was bad, and killing her even after the Governor put down his weapon flipped a switch in him that doesn’t seem to be able to be turned off. He’s infinitely more terrifying with his bandaged eye, and it’s unsettling that, even after seeing the walker heads, Andrea still doesn’t realize that the Governor is not a good guy. The impending fight to the death with Daryl and Merle can’t possibly end well, and let’s hope that Andrea intervenes to ensure that this isn’t the last moment the Dixon brothers spend together. This has been a superb first half of the season, and I look forward to its return in February.

Season grade so far: A-
Season MVP: David Morrissey as The Governor

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