WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS!
AMC’s The Walking Dead has been going strong for four whole seasons now and has just premiered the start of its fifth. It’s true that there have been some lags in the story through the series, like during the search for Carol’s daughter. However, the characters moved on from Hershel’s farm and so did we as the gang was again attacked by a ravenous mob of zombies. The end of season four left every one with one question: Is this going to be the end for our characters?
Rick’s declaration during the last moments of the episode convinced me otherwise. When the rest of the group seemed hopeless, he told them, that the bad guys had no idea who they were screwing with. I had chills. It was really cool to have such a surprise at the end of the season though. For some, we expected this though, because when things seem too good to be true in The Walking Dead, they usually are. Exhibit A: Hershel’s farm. It seemed pretty safe and filled with nice people that had some good old family values. The next thing you know, you find out that there is a barn full of zombies. All of a sudden, a peaceful plot of land turns into a battleground and the residents look crazy instead of down to Earth like you’d first assumed. Never assume in this show!
The show has a post-apocalyptic appeal that sets it aside from others because of its horror and drama element. The horror element really came into play in the premiere. I found there to be a scene in it that was too brutal for me. For once in four seasons, I had to look away. The episode still managed to blow me away though, with Carol’s powerful return to the main group of characters.
Carol’s character was gone for so long, I was beginning to think that she was never coming back. It got to the point where I almost forgot that she existed. The way that they integrated her back into the story and plot was very natural though. The creators of the show did this brilliantly by having a domino affect occur with the characters not even knowing how close to each other that they were. With the opening to this adrenaline-pumping action at the start of the new season, a new journey with relentless villains is sure to follow.