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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 1 - Seed





Rocked with budget woes, internal strife and the untimely departure of Frank Darabont, "The Walking Dead" took a helluva blow during its second season. Speculation about the future quality of the series ran rampant while many fans complained that it had already fizzled out due to the shift from apocalyptic mayhem to slow-burn character drama.

I personally think most of the criticism was the stuff of ADD-riddled internet hyperbole, but there’s no denying that the pace hit a few snags while certain characters (*cough*Lori*cough*) could have functioned better in the overall story.

As if directly responding to complaints of the show’s talky nature, Season Three opens without speaking a word as Rick Grimes and crew silently take out a house full of walkers. It’s pretty clear right off the bat that the “Ricktatorship” has put an end to the days of bickering: This rag-tag group of survivors has evolved into a cohesive well-oiled killing unit. Several months have passed, hunger has ravaged the group and Lori’s baby bump is about to burst, which makes their situation more desperate than ever. But when the gang stumbles upon a zombie-infested prison, they see safety behind bars and immediately hatch a plan to make it their new home.

For fans of Robert Kirkman’s comic, the prison arc is the high point of "The Walking Dead" universe and what we’ve been waiting for ever since the show was first announced. The big question was how it would hold up on television. Well, if the season premiere is any indication, showrunner Glenn Mazzara and the dream team of Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero have already knocked the new season out of the park. And as much as I miss Frank Darabont, his absence hasn’t hurt the quality in the slightest (in fact, these episodes are the series' strongest since the pilot).

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Right from the start, Season Three doesn’t waste a moment and seems very conscious in addressing every complaint from the fanbase: The pace is fast and urgent, life and death stakes are at an all-time high (poor Herschel), and the zombie action has been completely ramped up with a ridiculous amount of KNB gags. If you wanted less chatter and more splatter, by God you have it now.

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Unless everything goes to shit in the next few episodes, it appears that "The Walking Dead" (which is not available on Dish according to AMC for the 500,256th time) has finally hit its stride. Whether you’re a devoted junkie or a disillusioned fan, I’m sure everyone is in agreement that the show has come back firing on all cylinders. Prepare for the best season yet.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Iron E. Singleton, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, and Danai Gurira. The series is executive produced by showruner Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero, Denise Huth, and Evan Reilly as co-executive producers.

Synopsis:
The 16-episode Season 3 of "The Walking Dead" will air in two parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 14th and returning in February, 2013 with the final eight episodes. In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 1 - Seed

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I'm still astounded whenever I hear somebody bitch and complain about the more quiet moments of the show when zombies aren't being slaughtered. Zombie films have ALWAYS centered on the conflict between humans when things get dire and their true nature is revealed. I never thought I'd see the day when we'd get a horror show featuring zombies that thus far has not been canceled and features KNB's FX without any restrictions. I think horror fans tend to be spoiled babies at times.


Submitted by LSD Zombie on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 4:57pm.

From personal experience, a lot of the complaints are not about scenes being focused on the characters per se. It is more about the characters that are being focused on, and how they are whiny, annoying, and talk a whole hell of a lot about the same things repeatedly. It may be realistic, but it is not great entertainment.

Not to get bogged down in a "the book was better" thing, but the comic goes extended amounts of time where the zombies are at best window dressing and it is ALL about the people, and it is still hugely popular and loved by its fans. Part of this may be that it is reaching a more dedicated few than the show is, part of it is definitely that the characters are just better.


Submitted by conundrum on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 12:33pm.

I really enjoyed it for the most part. There were some groan inducing moments (like why, after leaving him behind every other time they did their phalanx, did the group decide Hershel was suddenly necessary for sweeping out an area? "Because Allen is not in the show" is not an acceptable reason, either), but it has continued the series' tradition of stellar season openers. Hopefully it will carry over into the rest of the episodes.


Submitted by conundrum on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 4:33pm.
Terminal's picture

"which is not available on Dish according to AMC for the 500,256th time." I agree, lol. Rub it on for the fans, why don't you?

Is this article going to be weekly? I'd be interested in what Andrew Kasch has to say about the shows ups and downs.


Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 2:25am.
Terminal's picture

Great opening episode. Those first few minutes summed up the mental and physical state of the group. When they hunkered down and saw the swarm of the dead coming, I muttered "Can't even fucking relax anymore." This prison invasion has been tense. And Carl likes Beth! Carl likes Beth! Nanner Nanner Nanner!


Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:56am.
Rottenjesus's picture

The Walking Dork has spoken.

That being said it was a tremendous start to the season and I can't wait to see what happens next.


Submitted by Rottenjesus on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 1:25am.

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