The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale

SEASON-4-COMPLETE-CAST-POSTER-The-Walking-Dead-the-walking-dead-35777433-1367-862I hate cliffhangers. I really do, because no matter how angry I get at the rest of the season, cliffhanger endings actually make me want to tune in for the next season. Season 4 has left me feeling very ambivalent about this show. There are parts of it that I really did not like—such as the Governor’s storyline and ending—and there have been other parts of it that I loved.

Spoilers and a trigger warning for rape ahead.

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The Walking Dead: “After” Review

SEASON-4-COMPLETE-CAST-POSTER-The-Walking-Dead-the-walking-dead-35777433-1367-862Well, finally, Season 4 of The Walking Dead continues. I can’t say that I’ve been too happy about the season thus far. I mean, the midseason finale was a pretty big letdown when it comes to the Governor’s character, even if we finally got to see the epic battle between him and the Atlanta survivors. What I can say that I like about the confrontation is the prison is currently overrun with walkers and now uninhabitable, putting our survivors into even more danger. It was about time for them to move on from that place, though I still lament the death of Hershel and am significantly worried for some of the other characters as well. So at this point, I think there’s still hope that I might come out of this season happy.

Making the situation even worse for our survivors, I’m sure, is that among them there’s still a potential murderous psychopath, whose identity has yet to be revealed and who spent the first half of the season luring walkers to the survivors by feeding them rats. And considering that we don’t know yet who this person is, I’m guessing that he or she survived the showdown at the prison and is still at large.

My bets are on it being one of these two. No seriously. He is the sole survivor of a previous group of people, and she likes to name and befriend walkers.

My bets are on it being one of these two. No, seriously. He is the sole survivor of a previous group of people, and she likes to name and befriend walkers.

This episode picks up right where the last one left off, with Carl and a severely injured Rick escaping from the prison together. Spoilers after the jump.

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The Walking Dead: “Too Far Gone” Midseason Review

The-Walking-Dead-Season-4-Cast-Banner2I had greatly hoped that my love for The Walking Dead would rekindle this season. As such, I willingly jumped right back into this relationship, despite all my previous disappointments. Sometimes I think I should start seeing other shows. We’ve certainly had our ups and downs, but for the time being, I’ve been giving The Walking Dead a second chance. Yet I’m not sure if it deserves it. I mean, season four has thus far been wonderful—for the most part. I’m just worried it won’t last.

Spoilers after the jump.

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The Walking Dead: “30 Days Without an Accident” Review

the-walking-dead-season-4-poster-comic-conWell, I can’t say that I was particularly excited for this season. Last year, I had started reviewing this show weekly, but I held off on giving my thoughts on the final episode of season three and ultimately neglected to review it. Partly, I chose not to write the review due to being really busy at the time, but mostly I chose not to write it because I thought it was a huge disappointment.

Thankfully, though, I at least didn’t hate this season’s opening episode, “30 Days Without an Accident”. Maybe there’s hope The Walking Dead and I can rekindle our relationship.

Spoilers after the jump.

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Trailer Tuesdays: The Walking Dead Season 4

Recently, at Comic-Con, the new Walking Dead trailer premiered.

I have to admit that I had a bit of a falling out with The Walking Dead last season. I had started reviewing it weekly, but the season finale I especially couldn’t take, and in order to not think about it, I didn’t review it. I’m hesitant about season four because of how poorly I felt the last season was handled.

It took all of one sentence from Carol for Daryl to get over his brother’s death. Carl’s practically on his way to becoming evil. Andrea’s relationship with the Governor was one of the most annoying things I have ever watched, and she couldn’t figure out he was evil, despite all the signs, like having a room filled with severed heads. Then, after realizing the truth, she gets bitten. Additionally, the final showdown between the Governor and the Atlanta Survivors didn’t really happen, despite the huge buildup toward it. All in all, it left me extremely underwhelmed.

I’m willing to put my grievances aside for this upcoming season, however. The finale ended with the Governor going off somewhere and the Atlanta Survivors taking in the remaining citizens of Woodbury, which means we’re going to have a lot more characters this time around, which might be a good thing, because the original survivors aren’t doing so well at the moment.

Walking DeadFurthermore, we’re going to be introduced to some more characters of color. We already have Glenn, a Korean, who gets a lot of screen time, T-Dog sadly died, but now we have Tyrese and his sister Sasha, and we look to be getting a few more.

Michonne so far has been a really great character as well, and other than Beth, I don’t have too many complaints about female representation. One of the problems with the representation, both female and POC, however, is that since this is Rick’s story, all the other characters seem to eventually die. Glenn’s dead in the comics, currently, and so is baby Judith. The show and the comics are fairly different—Shane dies at the end of the first volume, but the show sadly kept him around until the end of season 2, and Daryl’s a completely original character—but the show still seems intent on killing off most of the cast.

Speaking of which, I get the impression from this new trailer that Sasha is one of the murder victims, since Tyrese seems to have a severe reaction to finding one of the bodies, and then he goes on to seem almost suicidal in grief. That’s my prediction, at least.

Overall, everything seems to be becoming more desperate for the survivors. Someone’s sabotaging their efforts to stay safe by baiting the walkers to the prison, and group looks to be finally splitting apart this time. I personally really like Carol and Daryl together, so if they do split apart into two groups, I’ll be sad to see it. All in all, I hope this season will learn from the mistakes of the last season.

The Walking Dead: “This Sorrowful Life” Review

twd-merleSpoilers! And potentially triggering content!

This week’s episode was just as exciting as last week’s, and it brought us a lot of great character moments. As a whole, this season is shaping up very nicely, despite a few iffy things here and there, like killing off every black character thus far besides Tyreese and Sasha. And though I was disappointed that Andrea didn’t feature in this episode at all, considering what happened last week, “This Sorrowful Life” managed to be thrilling just the same.

When first watching this episode, I honestly thought it was going to be about Rick moping around because he planned on handing Michonne over to the Governor, which makes little sense now that I think about it. In “Arrow on the Doorpost” I thought Rick could tell that the Governor was BSing him about the deal. I mean, the Governor allowed Merle to almost kill Glenn, he sexually assaulted Maggie, lied about everything involving the Atlanta survivors to Andrea, and attacked the prison with walkers. Clearly, he’s a man of his word.

But all that aside, I could certainly see why the temptation to hand Michonne over to the Governor was there. And looking back on the whole Randall incident of last season, I sincerely worried that Rick would go through with the plan. I was pleasantly surprised when he didn’t.

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