Well I can’t honestly say that I was awake for this episode on Sunday night but I was more than a little anxious to get home last night to watch it after my daughter went to bed. Following along with our “No Spoiler” policy, I’ll do my best to avoid anything major on anyone who may have Tivo’d or PVRd this episode.
To sum up last nights episode in one word all I can say is “WOW!!!”. That was one hell of an episode. The episode started right where the premiere left off with series protagonist, Rick trapped inside a tank as his horse is devoured by hundreds of the undead and the crackle of a voice on the radio. The voice on the radio helps Rick coordinate his escape from the tank and meets him in an alleyway taking him back to a gang of survivors. On the side, we see more of the survivors who we were introduced to in the premiere as they continue to survive outside of the city in tents and camper trailers – We even get to see more of Ricks Wife Lori and where she’s at with her love affair with Ricks partner and best friend Shane.
During the episode we get to see glimpses of the lype of leader that Rick is. He’s a damn fine man who thinks very quickly on his feet and will do anything to survive as many would but he still maintains his humanity. Without giving too much away, Rick takes a moment to check for ID on a dead zombie and he laments on who this person used to be and commenting that if he ever finds his family, he plans to tell them about this man. We also get to see some great performances from Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon, a racist jerkface and Steven Yeun as Glen. We even get treated with more of the incredible makeup effects and plenty of horror violence that comes with the territory of a horror series such as The Walking Dead
This is a huge undertaking by AMC and Frank Darabontbut they’re really keeping the story telling smooth and precise. Each character gets just enough of time on screen to allow us to develope a relationship with them and feelings. AMC just might well be the BALLSIEST channel on TV today and for that I thank them. This is some of the most fun I’ve ever had watching TV.
This is MUST SEE TV folks. If you’ve been missing out, you really should fix that.
***UPDATE*** Late Yesterday, AMC announced the the greenlight for a full 13 episode season next year year. It has been said that The Walking Dead is “The biggest series in cable history” reaching more adults between the ages of 18-49 than any other show in the history of cable.