A weekly analysis of (some of) the gory details in the latest episode of “The Walking Dead.”
Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors really did not mess around during Sunday’s season-three premiere of “The Walking Dead,” an episode called “Seed” that qualifies as, perhaps, the most violent in the series’ history so far.
As I said in my early review, the hour was jammed-to-bursting with decapitations, eyeball stabbings, throat bludgeonings and gunshots fired into walker craniums. I re-watched “Seed” in an attempt to count all the zombie killings. I got to 60. I am certain I missed a few. I also feel certain there will be an extensive and cheeky In Memoriam sequence in Sunday’s episode of “Talking Dead,” as well as widely circulated GIFs that capture each beheading in slow-mo detail.
It’s as if Rick, Lori, Glenn, Carol and co. spent their hiatus adopting the mind-set of their AMC Network brother Walter White. They have decided not to focus on being in danger but rather, to be the danger.
(Note: Some spoilers may lie ahead.)
“I haven’t felt this good in weeks,” the very pregnant Lori Grimes remarked after Team Grimes had completed Operation Walker Wipeout at their newly found home sweet home, a largely abandoned prison that offers spacious, albeit bleak accommodations to our heroes. Honestly, everybody looked pretty thrilled after shoving all those blunt objects into zombie skulls.
All the survivors seem to have adopted the Shane Walsh Approach to Daily Living: Kill first, take what’s yours second and ask questions later ... maybe.
While talking was kept to a minimum in this episode, we did learn a few things via exchanges of dialogue and non-stabby plot developments. Among them:
— Rick and Lori still love nothing more than to have awkward, semi-hostile conversations that are about Shane without ever mentioning Shane’s name.
— Per her conversation with Hershel, Lori still feels incredibly guilty about Shane’s death and is terribly concerned about her baby’s welfare.
— Michonne (Michonnne!) and Andrea are still ridin’ solo like zombie-slaying Wonder Twins, holing up in town (ah, good ‘ol town) with a couple of limbless walkers as hostages. But Andrea is ill, which means Michonne’s stuck carrying the sword-wielding load. That’s fine, though, since apparently she can slice through two walkers at once like she’s prepping zombie shishkabob for a tailgate party.
— Andrea is not the only regular cast member with significant health issues. Hershel got a hunk chomped out of his leg in the final moments of the premiere, prompting Rick to amputate below the knee. Which means Hersel could die, or he could live with half a missing leg, or he could die-live with half a missing leg, leading to an existence in which he becomes one of those shuffling zoned-out beings who winds up with one of Daryl’s arrows stuck up his left nostril. None of these options are ideal.
So what did you think of the new, “less yakking, more zombie-attacking” approach to “The Walking Dead”? Did it seem too desperate to appease those who found last season too plodding for their tastes? Or did it suggest that this season will focus on being as nasty and grisly as a show about zombies should be?
Your comments are welcome.