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The Walking Dead: "Welcome to the Tombs" (Season 3, Episode 16)

Well, that was different.

Dramatically, you could say it worked. Thematic resolution of a sort occurred, and in real life, things often do end with a whimper rather than a true bang. Still, the sense of proportion seemed off in a couple of places. Basically, Rick and Co. came up with a rather weak plan, but triumphed anyway because the Governor went nuts.

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The Walking Dead: "Prey" (Season 3, Episode 14), "This Sorrowful Life" (Season 3, Episode 15)

One kind of weak episode followed by one kind of strong episode. Yin and Yang. Peanut butter and chocolate. That sort of thing. The bottom line is that zombies are back drop and this show lives and dies by characterization. The weak episode focused on Andrea and the Governor, who have become tiresome. The strong episode focused on black-sheep brother Merle, who was a breath of fresh air.

“Prey”

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The Walking Dead: “Arrow on the Doorpost” (Season 2, Episode 13)

My dinner with the Governor.

That’s pretty much this episode, which revolves around a meeting Andrea arranged between Rick and the Big G to try and settle their differences. Since we all know the Governor is a deeply disturbed man who will still want to kill Rick and Company no matter what they agree to (as he’s killed others), it’s inevitably anticlimactic. It does serve to move the story along. It’s just not the Emmy winning confrontation the writers seem to think it is.

In short, it’s milked.

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The Walking Dead: “I Ain’t a Judas” (Season 2, Episode 11) & “Clear” (Season 2, Episode 12)

Man. More and more I don’t really know what to make of this show anymore. At times it’s astoundingly written, it definitely holds your interest, and yet… There’s a streak of sadism that keeps peeking through that I’m not so enchanted with. Maybe that’s just inevitable if you keep a zombie movie going past its two hour cinematic running time. Or maybe it’s just me. But I did find “Clear” in particular to be both brilliant and disturbing.

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The Walking Dead: "Hounded" (Season 3, Episode 6)

Merle is still a jerk, Michonne is still a badass, the Governor is still a bad guy, and Andrea is still a truly dreadful judge of men. Meanwhile, Rick conducts a therapy session with himself. Yet despite these repetitions of theme, a lot actually happens in this episode. And, to use a science fiction pun, we finally see worlds colliding at the end.

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The Walking Dead: "Say the Word" (Season 3, Episode 5)

We open with the governor brushing a girl’s hair. When a piece of her scalp comes off, she snarls and just like that we meet his dead daughter, Penny. So the Governor, who up to now has been a more successful version of Rick, becomes an echo of Hershel as well in trying to salvage walkers.

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The Walking Dead: "Walk With Me" (Season 3, Episode 3), "Killer Within (Season 3, Episode 4)

We spent one week meeting a psychotic Andy Griffith in Woodbury, Georgia. We spent the next in a truly harrowing prison zombie fight. The first one was kind of slow, but the second was quite the ripper. All in all, it was entertaining, but I wonder how long a show can go on like this. Short seasons are a big help. Sixteen straight weeks of this might burn out even the old Fangoria readers.

“Walk With Me”

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The Walking Dead: "Seed" (Season 3, Episode 1)

Ten million viewers. 10.9 million to be precise, with 7.3 million in the coveted 18-49 age bracket. So yeah, it seems like the zombies will be with us for a while.

You may recall that when we last left our intrepid band of survivors, they’d just been cast out of paradise as Herschel’s farm became overrun by a herd of walkers. We pick up several months later. Lori, Rick’s wife, is noticeably pregnant and everyone is kind of tired and bummed (post-Apocalyptic life is not for the whiners among us).

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The Walking Dead: "Triggerfinger" (Season 2, Episode 9)

Blood and gore galore. So get those vomit bags out for the tender of heart.

At the end of last week’s episode, Rick had just gunned down two strangers in a bar. Lori, meanwhile, had crashed her car after hitting a walker.

We pick up exactly there. Rick, Glen and Hershel are preparing to leave the bar when a car pulls up outside. Voices sound. They’re the voices of people looking for Dave and Tony, who are unfortunately quite dead. So Rick and company are stuck hiding in the bar.

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