Rick Grimes and gang returned to numbers that break all of The Walking Dead’s previous records. The show garnered 16.11 viewers on Sunday night and shows no signs of slowing down. Its popularity increases between each season.
The show returned with the episode titled “30 Days Without an Accident”. Scott Gimple took over as show-runner this season and started things off interestingly. Between the introduction of new characters, raining zombies, and creepy ladies in the woods, the episode had some exciting moments.
The greatest scene of the premiere was zombies falling from the rooftops in a grocery store while members of the group were gathering supplies. The entrance of the zombie hanging from the ceiling by its guts was a great scene of horror. That entire sequence was suspenseful and a whole lot of fun. The entire scenario was triggered by a mistake made by recovering alcoholic Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.). Most people might know Gilliard Jr. as D’Angelo Barksdale from The Wire. Stookey is a character from the comics so I have a feeling he will be around for more than just a couple episodes.
The Woodbury survivors that were added to the group show the new characteristics of the group and are used to progress other characters story arcs. Zach, who was introduced in the episode, was used to advance Beth’s story arc. We see her detachment and the fact that she isn’t capable of showing emotion anymore. There is also a scene with Zach, Michonne, and Daryl that shows a lighter side of Michonne. She actually smiles in this episode! She is also hell-bent on finding out where the Governor is so she can kill him.
Daryl is shown to be very community-oriented and plays a larger part in the group. I can’t help but think that Daryl eating the sick pig and licking his hands before shaking Patrick’s hand might have had something to do with Patrick getting sick and eventually dying. This scene instantly got me exciting for the next episode. The group is now in danger, not only outside the prison, but inside as well.
Speaking of Daryl, there was a scene in which Carol called Daryl “pooky”. Perhaps the writers toying with shippers? Carol is teaching the kids how to protect themselves in secret. I believe that may have to do with the fact that she couldn’t protect Sophia and wants these kids to be able to protect themselves.
On the Rick side of things, this episode saw him going into the forest and meeting an extremely creepy woman in the woods. She looked half-dead in the first place. The woman asks for help and Rick accepts. One of the things that bothered me about this was that Rick took the knife from her and gave it back before reaching the woman’s camp. He should have at least taken it and held onto it until reaching her camp. Another thing was that it felt like we’ve done it before. It felt like familiar territory. The group is no longer just Rick as leader. They group works as a community and that’s one of the things that has changed this season.
I think it was a good start to the season. Maybe not as exciting as previous premieres, but it is a good set-up. It had slow parts, but some of the sequences (the grocery store) were great. Although, I do have to question why that roof just now collapsed. In reality, it would have collapsed ages ago with walkers roaming around on it. Nevertheless, the season is just getting started and it’s bound to get more interesting from here on out.
-The mention of Macon got me excited. Anyone who has played The Walking Dead video game by Telltale games will know why.
-Carl sure is moody…
-Glen and Maggie had a good scene in which they talk about how they want to live.
+Raining zombies in the grocery store
+Good set-up for the season
-Rick treading familiar territory
-Slightly slow for a premiere