Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 16 “Welcome to the Tombs” (B+)

This was in fact a strong finale, but there are two points of dissatisfaction I’d like to acknowledge. The first is that the show’s segmented nature this season, which saw Andrea and Woodbury taking center stage one episode and then Rick and Morgan the next, ignoring all of the other characters, made starting the episode with Milton’s demise and Andrea’s imprisonment a letdown, since we’ve spent so much time with those characters only to forget them in recent episodes. The Governor too seems to appear intermittently, always wielding a weapon and ready to kill, though it’s hard to hard to argue that this episode didn’t showcase his most formidably horrifying act yet. While there was action aplenty during the hour, as well as a suspenseful silent search of the abandoned prison, it was surprising to see the episode end on such a peaceful note. The Governor mowing down all of his people shocked even his two loyal henchmen, and I wonder whether Martinez and Shupert will ultimately realize that they have to kill their evidently fearless leader. Andrea’s death isn’t a shock, but it’s just as tragic as her reaching the prison only to be dragged back to Woodbury by the Governor, considering that she managed to fell Milton only after being bitten. Glenn and Maggie are a great couple, capable of battling together, and Rick is going to have his hands full with a fully defiant Carl, who is not likely to take to the idea of having many new residents. I doubt that the Governor will attack the prison full of women and children, but there is a standoff brewing, and I look forward to seeing what is sure to be a fresh and furiously engaging season four in October. This show’s willingness to kill off so many major characters without much warning makes it one of the most exciting shows currently on TV.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: David Morrissey as the Governor

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