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The Walking Dead Season Premiere Review: What Did You Think!?

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It's finally here.

After a season two finale that featured a farm overrun with walkers, a mysterious sword wielding figure and Rick taking control, having to wait for a whole year to dive right back in to The Walking Dead wasn't easy.

But like surviving a zombie apocalypse, we all waited it out to be rewarded with a fantastic season three premiere.

The Walking Dead Season 3 Scene

Frankly, I wasn't surprised. The last two openers knocked it out of the park and "Seed" set the tone for what's in store not only for viewers but the rag tag group of Rick Grimes and company.

It is an interesting choice to set things off with a time jump that's not only obvious because of Lori's protruding belly, or Carl's new hair, but definitely in the way that everyone acts.

And while it would have been cool to see how they dealt with winter, the jump served to give us a clear view of the characters' changes. There's no more whining or questioning, someone isn't running off for no good reason, Carl's rock throwing arm has been replaced by a well aimed gun - and Rick is ruthlessly determined.

He is clearly and obviously the leader.

Except not only does he give out orders that are followed, but everyone works together. They're all tactical in their efforts, and immediately in the eerily silent cold open, the group sweeps through the house efficiently, even if they have to quickly leave after.

So while it was great to see Carol shooting a gun (and she seemed in pretty good spirits), the hacking and attacking of the walkers inside the prison was all in good bloody fun. If you felt that you were missing the action, it was certainly there with each gruesome chop, bang and pole through the head. Even the riot armored walkers was a great new challenge for the survivors.

Everything feels so matter of fact now. It's no longer shock and surprise that the world has essentially ended and the characters are used to the moaning and clawing of the walkers. And the fact that everyone is covered in dirt, blood and grime adds to the realism of the end of the world rather than looking like everyone just came out of a pretty looking Abercrombie and Fitch ad. (Cough, cough… Revolution.)

Yet the reveal of the prison as the potential safe haven amped up the stakes and looks to be a great setting for the show.

Reincorporating the tense, anxiety-ridden attributes of dark claustrophobia and never knowing what is going to jump out is a welcome return to the series. It's great having those scary moments.

It was certainly a shock that Hershel, looking for his daughter, gets his leg chewed out by a sitting walker. I mean, the guy was sitting! C'mon, Hershel.

So while you think Hershel is dead in the first episode back, that concept is spun on its head and has Rick hacking off the bitten part. And he does it quickly and pretty much without hesitation. Ugh, just thinking about it. The series never fails to give us the blood and guts.

Of course, to top it all off, there was a wonderful reveal of a group of men on the other side of the room simply saying, "Holy Shit." My sentiments on the episode exactly.

It's great seeing Rick take charge, but it's obvious he's being pushed to a certain breaking point. He's no longer the same guy who wanted to spend more time talking then doing. And it is interesting to see his relationship with Lori so strained. He's not happy, but you can tell underneath his brooding exterior he still has that care and concern.

It's going to be fascinating seeing everyone get the chance to grow in this new environment, especially after it's clear that everyone already has changed.

Although I'm not really digging the vibe Carl is giving to Beth. Are they implying more than just friends between these two? I don't know if I'm buying that one right now, but I do like that Carl isn't running away and instead contributing just like everyone else.

But the episode didn't just stick to the prison, allowing us a glimpse of a sickly Andrea and her new sword-wielding companion. It wasn't a lot of time with these two, but there was a sense that apart from bad ass sword moves, they've been working together to survive. I'm curious as to how they'll be greeted by Rick and company (if they make it to them alive!) and what their time apart means when there is that potential group reunion.

This was a fun episode and a great way to kick things off. Action, suspense, character development, a brand new setting, new characters and a solidly dark tone surrounding everyone's positive attempts to survive made for an entertaining hour. It's going to be exciting seeing the new season adapt from the sometimes sluggish season two.

I've got a feeling that this is going to be The Walking Dead season that viewers have been waiting for.

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Wow great season opener......kept me on the edge best show on tv.......

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Great season opener!! You could feel the desperation when they finished clearing the house in the beginning and sitting on the floor looking at the dog food. This isn't the sweet fairy tale on the farm anymore and I'm glad it's not. I like all the characters better now, especially Carl now that he's grown up some and taken a spot on the strike team. Lori's character seems more interesting with the space between her and Rick, not quite sure what's going on there but I'm sure we'll learn more. I liked the prison as a location and the fighting was dramatic right up to the leg chopping scene.. I'm not sure how they'll deal with the living prisoners but that definitely changed the situation at the prison.. Is Rick supposed to let them go? Or join the team? Or kill them? good questions for a new season.

Crazybrit

OMG!!! miss dis show, still hate lori!!!!! i think carl want to get in bed with beth in prison!!!hahaha!!! finally!!!! if Carol and Darryl sleep together!! it would be like MILF!!!!! HOLY COW

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Oh, another testament to their development. I was hoping it would open with Andrea but I forgot about her until they showed her. It was that interesting. I can't say I feel bad for Lori but I hate her less, so I suppose that is progress. And I think the Beth Carl thing is just Carl having a crush on her and her not wanting to hurt his feelings. Carl is asked to be much older than he is (and dare I say, doing a pretty good job at it) so it makes sense he'd start looking around in that way. The "old Carl" would have snuck off and followed them, after protesting and whining, about not going with them. New Carl "got it". I think Andrea will be okay b/c I think Michone will make sure she is properly taken care of - for some reason she seems very protective of her. They must have bonded a lot taking care of each other over the winter. I've grown to like Andrea and hope we see the Andrea we hear of.

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I was SO excited by this opener. I agree that I think *this* will be the season we've been waiting for. There were a few DUH, really guys?? moments but overall great. I loved that I didn't hate Carl this time, and not once were the words "where's Carl" uttered. There goes my favorite WD drinking game :/ The idea of having a baby that died and turned into a zombie inside me and could be ready to eat me alive (yay, I am living in a buffet!) is TERRIFYING!!!!! HOLY S***. Loved Carol's flirting. "Even better!" about Darryl 'going down first' made me literally LOL. Our tactical WTF was why they would waste SO much ammo and energy going through the crowd instead of trying to draw as many as possible to the fence for a good poking and then just going after the stragglers. ESPECIALLY when there are hordes nearby - why call them closer with the massive gunfire? Just a thought.

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Brilliant opening to the season! I especially loved the opening scene and the eerie silence!! The way Rick emphasised the ranks and formations when they were taking the prison was so cool and it just reinforces what you said about a world where killing zombies is the norm...and dayum I can't believe how quickly Rick just chopped off Hershel's leg...poor guy.

Ilkvomit

Fucking badass !! Now thats how a season should start...Best season opener thus far for me. Lori seems a tad over-pregnant for me lol,the prosthetic seemed to be a bit much. Insane gore !! Im a gorehound through and through and this episode delivered the chunky grue with merry glee. 5/5 on the gore scale. I actually kinda want Hershel to survive,but it would be like having a one legged man in an ass kicking contest....So sadly i cant see him sticking around much longer. Cannot wait for next week !!

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Man if i was Carl id be all over that. Damn that Beth Girl is finee...

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OMG what a great season opener.. wow!

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I am curious to see where it goes also. I really like Hershel. I hope he lives. As for the "other" survivors that are in the prison, were they hiding or were they acting like zombies? Did they leave the zombies that couldn't move as boobie traps...could happen. I felt bad for Lori. I know she is a heffer but jeez, being pregnant in that kind of environment would be terrifying. I like Carol and Daryll. They both deserve to have a little happiness in their life. (I flat out ADORE Norman Reedus) They were all so bad ass in the opener....ready to see more of Michonne and Andrea....Can't wait for next Sunday...