So “The Walking Dead” returned last night and I have to say that despite all of the show’s flaws, I still love it and am rooting for this season to be amazing. Despite the complaints from some about last night’s premiere (are there ever NOT complaints?), I thought it was pretty damn good. I liked seeing the gang again…and by “gang,” I mean Daryl. But let’s get to it, shall we?
It’s been 6 months since the finale of season 3, and much has changed. If you would’ve told me in season one that I’d be grateful that Andrea was dead and kind of sad about the death of Merle I never would’ve believed you, but it’s true. The prison is now kind of a hippie commune complete with farm, livestock and the undead clawing at the fence. Hey, some of those commune people are equally frightening.
The prison is now home to some ex-residents of Woodbury and the Rick-tatorship is no more. A democratic council has been established. I don’t see any issues arising from this situation. Despite the seemingly peaceful intro, there are definitely some disturbing elements: the zombies seem even more diseased than ever and a pig is sick, which just conjures up all kinds of swine-flu “WTF is going to happen!?” thoughts for me.
Meanwhile, the residents of the prison, new and old, are chowing down and treating Daryl like a friggin’ rock star, as they should be. A teen newcomer, Patrick, is introduced and gets a lot of attention this episode, a sure sign that he will be dead by the end of the episode.
Then we get some set-up for action sequences! Daryl is forming a group to go on a supply run and Rick is making plans to check the traps for meat – sans gun! What could possibly go wrong? ALSO, can everyone stop shipping Daryl and Carol? Thanks.
Michonne returns from her ongoing hunt for The Governor and we love Michonne, right? How creepy is it when you remember that The Governor is still out there? He scares me more than a herd of Walkers.
After battling the council over his right to not bear arms, Rick agrees to take a gun with him. And it’s a good thing too. When checking the trap he comes across what he initially thinks is a Walker, but it turns out to be a human lady named Clara.
Daryl and crew set out on their supply run, with another newcomer Bob, played by Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (AKA D’Angelo Barksdale!). I’d like to take a moment to say how happy I am whenever I get to see an actor from “The Wire” make an appearance up on a show. Even if they do knock over a shelf-full of wine and cause a Walkers to fall from the rafters. (This sequence was awesomely exciting by the way.)
Meanwhile back with Rick and creepy human lady, she begs Rick to help her and her husband, he agrees because he’s new Rick and no longer opposed to letting new people join the group, AS LONG AS THEY ANSWER THREE QUESTIONS. But his trusting nature is betrayed! Turns out creepy human lady just wanted to feed her hubby Rick’s brains. When he refuses to be dinner, she stabs herself so she can join her hubby in undead-ness. Kind of a romantic gesture, I guess.
As she lay dying thankfully she asks Rick what the questions were, otherwise I would’ve been friggin’ wracking my brain all week imagining what the were. Here’s that exchange:
Rick: “How many Walkers have you killed?”
Clara: “Eddie killed them all until…[he died.]”
Rick: “How many people have you killed?”
Clara: “Just me.”
Clara: “You don’t get to come back from this.”
Back at the prison, as the children learn to kill, Patrick falls ill and dies in the shower, infecting the water supply I’m guessing? The pig dies too. Add that to the fact that The Governor is still on the loose, and I’m predicting this season will have my stomach in knots. Plus we have a new inner-turmoil for Rick to contend with! I like how the writers keep coming up with different inner-turmoils for Rick! So yeah, things are looking promising for this season. I was bitten and I’m infected…don’t stomp on my head Daryl!
What did you think of the Season 4 premiere? Are you in?
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