I have been a fan of The Walking Dead comics for a few years now. The first season of the show showed promise, but was ultimately too short to make any real impact. I stuck with it though, because the source material was so good, I couldn’t see how they could make a bad show with it.
My patience was tried in season two where the entire crew just chilled on a farm and talked about relationships for 13 episodes. There were entire episodes where zombies didn’t even show up. But I couldn’t jump ship. The show could be so good. Maybe it will live up to its potential.
After watching the season 3 premiere, “Seed,” today, I can finally say sticking with it has paid off. The Walking Dead is finally living up to what it could be.
—-I’m probably gonna put some spoilers in here so read on at your own risk—-
The episode’s opening scene was basically an apology for the slow-moving second season. “Our bad. Let’s get down to killin’ some zombies.” No dialogue just tense, awesome bloodshed — and they killed a damn owl. Not even a zombie owl.
The rest of the episode was equally action packed. The gang stumbles upon a prison, and Rick, in his new role as the group’s dictator (or Ricktator), decides it’s a perfect place to set up shop. This leads to a series “cleanin’ out the prison” scenes: Stabbing, bashing, shooting and face-ripping-off. In short, awesome.
There’s a little bit of downtime, featuring some music by Patrick Watson (“Adventures in Your Own Backyard”) and a campfire song, but the episode hardly gets bogged down.
At times when Lori wants to talk to Rick he shuts her out. Even Rick is tired of this bitch and her talking.
The only negative to speak of is the startling absence of Michonne and Andrea. There are two scenes featuring these two and they are far too brief for us to get a sense of what the ladies have been going through. I’m sure that will change, but I feel they may have missed an opportunity for a few more sword kills.
The ending makes for a good lead-in to next week. Perhaps things will slow down a bit in the coming episodes, but this one came charging out of the gate and I couldn’t be happier about it. The Walking Dead is finally fun to watch again.