With the first episode of season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead officially in the books, it’s time to start talking about all things zombies; spoilers and all. So join the conversation and let’s talk zombies.
The first episode to kick things off should have pleased all the nay sayer’s of last season who complained about too much talking because this one was moving at a constant zombie killing pace. I really liked that they didn’t waste any time by having us watch them starve in the woods for a few episodes before finally finding the all important prison. Just a few minutes in and we are already introduced to what has to be one of the worst possible places to hide. I totally understand why they thought this would be a good idea because it’s completely secure from the outside world; but did they not realize that the place was going to be littered with the undead?
Speaking of the undead, you can tell right away that the budget for this season has sky rocketed because all of the make-up was absolutely fantastic showing off some of the best looking zombies I’ve seen in years. And we can’t forget about the armored zombies! How cool was that?
All of the characters seem to have stayed the same except for Rick; that dude is a total badass now. You either do what he says or you can expect to be a zombie’s next happy meal. We’ve only been introduced to one new character so far who uses zombies as pack mules. Pure genius. She even went as far as cutting off their arms and taking out the bottom jaws to keep them from biting anything. I’m very interested to see what comes from her character and finding her back story because even though she was pretty quiet in the episode you can tell there’s a lot to be said about her.
Okay, back to the prison. Even though I thought this was a terrible idea, It’s something I’m just going to have to deal with as they have already settled in and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere anytime soon. That brings me to the end of the episode. While they are exploring the dark hallways with nothing but a few flashlights you quickly realize this place is a human’s worst nightmare as they find out it’s a maze of hallways that never seem to end. Of course — as with any good show — something bad has to happen and they get swarmed by an insane amount of zombies that literally came out of nowhere. Seriously… where did they all come from? Once they got split up I thought for sure that was going to be the end of it, but no, not even close. Just as quickly as they appeared the zombies were gone and Hershel began looking for Maggie and Glen and he steps nonchalantly over a zombie. Really Hershel? You’re living in a world where almost everything is trying to eat you and you step right over a zombie like that? The episode was coming to and end so you knew something bad was going to happen. I was holding my breath just waiting, and waiting, and waiting. BAM! Zombie wakes up and takes a nasty — and delicious — bite out of his leg!
And we all know what happens when you’re bit by a zombie. Turns out… so does Rick. And remember how I said he became a total badass? The end of this episode proves it as he doesn’t hesitate to chop off Hershel’s leg with what has to be the most dull weapon they had. But it doesn’t end there as you see some alive and well prisoners watching from the other side through some glass with looks of pure terror on their faces.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the first episode. For the people who complained about the lack of action from the second season they should be gushing with excitement. This was only the first episode in a season that shows a ton of promise in what is sure to be an amazing 3rd season.
So what did you guys think? You’ve read my thoughts; what are yours?