Thursday, February 21, 2013

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episodes 9 and 10 “The Suicide King” and “Home” (A-/B+)

This show is better than it’s ever been, weaving an extraordinarily compelling and fearsome narrative. Though the fight to the death between Merle and Daryl didn’t end up happening, events were still enormously dramatic, and Daryl’s decision to stick with his brother led to extreme anger on Glenn’s part and resentment from Carol. That woman just hasn’t had any luck in love, as she started to bond with Axel right before he took a bullet to the head, and Daryl’s return to save the day with Merle likely will likely come too late to win back Carol’s heart. Daryl truly is a good soul, stopping to help defenseless humans when his brother expressed no interest in assisting. That’s one brotherly relationship that’s truly interesting to see. It’s fascinating to watch the Governor, now turned into an infinitely more evil villain due to his eye patch, detaching himself completely from life in Woodbury and cutting off contact with the outside world. It’s astonishing that he continues to lie through his teeth to Andrea, telling her that he’s abdicating and that she should take over and assuring her that he won’t attack the prison unless Rick and crew make the first move. That look in his eye at the end of the episode when he and his men are firing on the prison was immensely disturbing, and it’s clear that he has it out for his enemies. Rick spiraling down the deep end comes at an especially bad time, but it looks like Hershel managed to talk him back to reality just in time for the deadly walker-aided attack by the Governor. It’s hard to deny the awesomeness of Michonne, running with her swinging swords to Rick’s rescue, and I can’t wait to see the pieces get picked up in the coming episodes.

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