The new philosophical Walking Dead

walking8The brutality and violence are front-and-center in the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead, but Bob, Mika, Lizzie, and The Governor return to haunt us while we’re still awake.  Freaky.  With only 100 miles to go, the group decides to go to Washington anyway, even though the cure is only a pipe dream.  That will be the hardest 100 miles ever traveled, as it seems that this television show is going to get a whole lot more painful, as it seems determined to drag the characters through the mud.  Philosophically.  Philosophical mud dragging, right?

walking9Director Greg Nicotero gives new insight into the insanity and ugly pain behind this zombie show.  The whole new surreal visual style is just perfect for the new direction, and Tyrese is the first victim for showcasing it.  I like it, but I can see how it could be distracting.

As for Tyrese, I’m not sure I liked his death.  I think his character works as one of the better moral centers for the show, and he’s killed off to make room in this already overcrowded drama.  However, his death is perhaps the best ever filmed on the show.  As Tyrese sits there bleeding on the floor in Noah’s bedroom, he pictures Mika, Lizzie, and The Governor, and they taunt him with verbal barbs.  Martin makes the biggest impression as he taunts Tyrese with his endless sarcasm, and makes the episode a lot more fun with his verbal antics.  

Why bore yourself with this show for the fifth season?  It’s the same thing all over again.  Rick and his pals are scavenging for food.  They feel hopeless.  People they love are dead.  Blah blah.  Rinse and repeat.  No, what we need are some hallucinations and better dialogue to inspire something new, right?  With the longest 100 miles in history yet to go, I predict more colorful hallucinations.  Should be an interesting way of slowing this show down instead of just increasing the dialogue to endless amounts.

Overall, this was a good episode.  It had all the drama you might expect from The Walking Dead, but you can see them building up that tension once again, maybe as they get ready to introduce Washington.  The episode did have weaknesses, as the characters are still doing the same old thing, and there’s very little of Daryl and Maggie, but the dialogue is really sharp and well-written.  In anticipation of this coming season, I hope the starving, exhaustion, and anxiety they’re going to show will be just as emotional as the scenes in this episode.  

Stayed tuned to this blog for more Walking Dead coverage, and I’ll pry into the rumors, news, and character analysis as time goes on.  Thanks!