Thursday, March 28, 2013

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 15 “This Sorrowful Life” (B+)

It’s astonishing to see just how willing to kill off its main characters this show is. Merle’s return at the beginning of this season was big news, and it’s sad to see him go, especially after he proved unexpectedly decent and heroic in this hour. Seeing Merle as a walker was almost more devastating than the sight of Sophia walking out of the barn, and it was heartbreaking to see Darryl’s reaction. The way this show has been structured this season made the Governor’s appearance all the more fearsome, and his deadly response to Merle’s presence was blunt and cruel. Merle and Michonne’s conversation in the car ride towards Woodbury was fantastic, and they did make a pretty terrific team for the few moments that they were actually working together to kill walkers with the sharp objects they wield. The scene with the car alarm was expertly done, and it’s good to get a fulfilling bit of action every now and then. I’m curious to see how Michonne will act now after Rick essentially commissioned her handover, though I suspect that a joint hatred for the Governor will enable them to make amends enough to fight their common enemy. Hershel giving his permission to Glenn was somber but sweet, as was Glenn’s unromantic proposal, and I do hope that both Maggie and Glenn survive long enough to get married. The upcoming season finale is sure to be explosive and exciting, and I suspect a few more major players will lose their lives before the season is done.

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