TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not, however, discuss spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talking about TV.
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I’m a huge fan of TWD show and comic, however I’ve been concerned about the shows direction this season. A lot of people have complained that season 2 has been too slow. I would be a staunch advocate and tell them TWD isn’t always about… well the walking dead. It’s about the characters and how they cope with surviving the zombie apocalypse.
TWD is also a show on AMC, which is home to some of the greatest television series like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Brilliant shows, yet slow-paced, but still great. But you rarely hear anyone complain that Breaking Bad is too slow, they just chalk it up to it being a drama because that’s what dramas tend to do.
To me, The Walking Dead is 70% drama 30% horror. It’s tough though, I kept fighting for TWD, saying the “slowness” is due to the writers focusing on character development. Which they were, but I finally had to admit to myself, I don’t think it was done the right way.
Towards the end of the first half of season 2, I was loosing my will to fight for the show. I thought it was dragging and they looked for Sofia way too long. I only looked forward to the moments with Daryl (for obvious reasons), but I didn’t care for anyone else or their storyline. It just wasn’t that exciting.
Nebraska: The mid-season premiere episode, Nebraska, had about 10 minutes worth of relevant plot that happened in a 45 minute show. There’s a lot of Team Rick and Team Shane going on in season 2, but I’m proudly Team Rick. Shane is a ticking time bomb. He acts on his emotions and Rick is more calculated. Clearly, Shane has some demons he needs to battle, but battles with everyone else instead of taking a look into himself.
The bar scene, of course, was the highlight of the episode for me. When Rick shot Tony and Dave, he became the Rick I’ve grown to know and love in the comic series. He does whatever he needs to do to keep his family safe. No matter what. The scene was intense and suspenseful and I think it truly embodies what The Walking Dead is about. Yes, zombies are dangerous, but the real danger is other humans.
Trigger Finger: This episode was amazing and had balance of intense action and drama. The Walking Dead is back baby! The thing I love so much about TWD is the way they say so much without saying anything at all. The fear on Glenn’s face and the look on Rick’s face when Lori whispered in his ear about Shane were my favorite moments.
I also think that Tony and Dave’s people are going find the barn, people will die, probably most of Hershel’s people except for maybe Hershel and Maggie, maybe T-Bone too. And they will be forced to flee and find a new place to live.
My heart aches for Daryl. When he was yelling at Carol, we all know he doesn’t mean those things. He’s angry because Sofia died. He acts like he doesn’t care, but we all know he does. Especially Carol. He had a rough childhood to say the least and isn’t used to people caring about him, or him caring about someone else. But the fact that I felt all of that, all of the hurt that Daryl is going through, just from that scene with Carol and Daryl says so much about how well this show handles character development and interaction.
Carl is growing up very fast to say the least. He’s braver than most kids and experienced more than he should have at his age. The apocalypse will do that to a kid. I think they are grooming us for Carl to do something major, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve read the comic. (It’s really hard not to talk about comic spoilers.) I feel like the show is finally back where it should be, and I couldn’t be happier.