This is a quick recap/review of the season premiere of The Walking Dead, plus, I add a tiny bit of extra about a book I read that would fit in perfectly with this series. But first…
The Walking Dead third season premiere, titled “Seed,” opened with the gang invading a house and everyone has a weapon, including the steely-eyed little Carl. Including a very pregnant Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies). (Viewers think her pregnancy is a curse).
Yes, WE (the viewers) saw the prison at the end of season 2, but our intrepid group of survivors have not happened upon this pivotal location yet.
They settle into the house, but they don’t find much. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) seems pretty agitated, but they don’t have time to settle in. More walkers are showing up at the house.
Over on the StoryBoard, viewers predict that Rick will kill the most zombies tonight. (And he did)
As they sort out their travel plans, they finally happen upon the prison (It showed up in issues #12 of the comic) and clear out a satellite prison yard of walkers. Some of the group think they can hang out for a bit, but Rick needs to move on and see if there were supplies left behind in the prison.
It was a good tactical struggle between the group and a pack of zombies, and gave us a taste of what’s been going on with the group while they were on the run, since we last saw them.
The incursion reveals the first cool looking zombies in the series, in guard riot gear.
We see how Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) have been getting along since they met. Andrea is pretty sick and Michonne is looking out for her. (I can’t wait to find out how Michonne got herself those two walkers to heal like dogs.)
And back at the prison, Lori thinks she might have lost the baby and is worried that if it is dead, it will eat it’s way out of her.
The incursion into the prison leaves little doubt this will be a tough win, but just as they get themselves cornered, they meet other living folk. But Hershel (Scott Wilson) has been bitten and Rick acts promptly and cuts his leg off, hoping that will keep the infection at bay.
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We now have two stories evolving in parallel development.
Last season, they had a place to stay at the farm, and that gave everyone time to come to terms with themselves and each other, how ever that might have worked out. But it’s obviously been quite a bit of time since the death of the head-strong Shane and the group has been following Rick since then, and they seem to think they have been following the right leader. So follow, they will.
We have a new location, new characters and lifeblood injected into the story. This will give us something new to latch onto, and something new to worry about.
The Walking Dead continues next Sunday with “Sick.” A preview for next week’s episode,
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Check out this Walking Dead behind-the-scenes photo:
About that book I read that I think is THE perfect companion to The Walking Dead on AMC, it’s called I, ZOMBIE by Hugh Howey. It was quite the read and the perfect companion read to any zombie apocalypse. It actually gives you something new to think about… [I, ZOMBIE book review]