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Postby Ever47 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:28 pm

Granted, the plot wasn't anything noteworthy, but the execution was spectacular and the writing was brilliant. The characters all got notes to hit, and with the returning presence of someone important from Rick's past, it seemed to turn the show up to another level. It was meaningful. For the bulk of this season, The Walking Dead has been an exercise in comparing and contrasting Woodbury with the prison, even down to Woodbury having its own group of fighters featuring an Asian guy and a black guy. This week we get a comparison for Rick, but in the other direction. What would happen if Rick didn't find the steel in his spine needed to actually do what had to be done to survive? What if Rick ran from trouble, rather than facing it head on? What if Rick gives in to his weariness, his grief, his guilt, his growing madness?


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It's a brilliant idea, but it's the execution that sells it. Some of that credit also goes to director Tricia Brock and the incredible cast and crew who designed the set. The centerpiece of the action, which cements the show's full turn back to its original episode, was a gorgeously designed set full of crazy, fun details. It's clever in its intricacy, and tense and funny by turns depending on the message and its location. Some of the shots, particularly of the many zombie traps, are downright disturbing. Other written warnings are borderline hilarious when viewed from the safety of the couch, but probably not as funny when accompanied by sniper fire.

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It's nice to see the show make some nods to its origins in such an overt way, with Rick even handling the rifle from the pilot episode again, while at the same time showing how far things have come thanks to Carl morphing into a goofy-hatted killer, Michonne saying more than two sentences (and telling two good jokes!), and the show itself changing how it addresses issues. There are moments in The Walking Dead that happen this week that would've triggered long, boring debates in the second season (see the guy impaled on the fence whom they brought back to the farm) are now simply dismissed without so much as a wink or nod or unkind word.

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