REVIEW - The Walking Dead S03E09

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After what seems like an eternity, The Walking Dead is finally back and picking up from the thrilling climax that concluded the last episode.

To briefly recap, Rick had led his group in an attack on Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie from the grasp of The Governor but Daryl got captured and forced to square off against his long lost brother, Merle.

The episode wastes no time and throws the viewer straight back into the action. It is a truly thrilling opening and the pace of the episode is carefully maintained only easing up for some crucial moments of character development.

The actions that took place in the previous episode have put the prison survivors and Woodbury, and more specifically Rick and The Governor, on a collision course, which will no doubt play out during the rest of the season.

The episode is concerned with dealing with the consequences of what has gone before meaning several characters are forced to confront their realities and face up to their responsibilities. Rick is being put under pressure like he never has before in order to protect his group while in Woodbury, Andrea is taking on a more prominent role after learning some of the facts that had been kept from her. These are only two examples but every major character is facing life-defining choices that they must confront.

The cast and production standards are as high as ever and it is refreshing to see certain secondary characters given dialogue exchanges that offer us an insight into their thoughts.

It is a relief to have the show back and see that the quality levels haven’t dropped. This is shaping up to be a very special season of television and the next episode cannot roll around quickly enough.

Review by Jonathan Gray


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