Recap: The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 2: Sick

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You just don’t screw with Rick Grimes. We haven’t even met The Governor yet, but already Rick has stepped up as the most ruthless SOB on the show. It’s pretty clear that Shane has rubbed off on the man in more ways than one, but that’s the thing about the apocalypse: It changes people.

That’s what the very best zombie fiction – ever since Ben bitch-slapped Harry Cooper in Night of the Living Dead – has been communicating, and this season’s tagline sums it up nicely: “Fight the Dead. Fear the Living.”

Things weren’t all doom and gloom this week, which is rare for both the show and comic. The biggest surprise was that Hershel got a stay of execution. Once again, the writers have done a great job at keeping fans of the books off balance (the old man never lost a limb in the comic), and when everything goes to shit at the end of this arc, it’s anyone’s guess who will be left standing.

Once again, we don’t get to the Andrea/Michonne storyline, which means the showrunners are in no rush to get to Woodbury. That’s fine. The prison material has given “The Walking Dead” a much needed burst of adrenalin. KNB must have an army at their disposal because this season has given us several films worth of bloody carnage – and we’re only on the second episode.

My biggest concern was the show would cave in too hard to the naysayers and lose all the great character dynamics to the action. Thankfully, that isn’t the case at all. This episode especially did a much better job of balancing the cast and making you care about their fates. Lori, now penitent over her stone-cold bitch phase, steps up as a much more sympathetic character trying to mend things with her estranged family (good luck with that psycho hubby of yours, lady). Carl (“Stay in the house!”) has matured into a capable gun-slinger who’s eager to be treated as one of the adults. Hell, even T-Dog becomes a big player and does more in one episode than the first two seasons combined.

All in all, “The Walking Dead” continued its winning streak this week, and things are only going to get more intense from here on out. Along with the new seasons of “Supernatural” and “Dexter,” this show has rebounded with a vengeance. It’s a great time to be a horror fan…

…unless of course you’re a commie bastard who hates everything good in this world.

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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