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The Walking Dead Review: Brotherly Love

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Holy curb stomped zombie heads, The Walking Dead is back!

The hiatus left me chomping at the bit, especially because "Made to Suffer" cut out right in the middle of the Woodbury battle and the first meet up between Daryl and Merle.

Of course, "The Suicide King" immediately picked things right up, concluding the last moments of major action before giving the characters some time to think about all the craziness they've been though.

Rick at Home

I was especially excited to see the interaction between Daryl and Merle, mainly because both have such great and stand out personalities in addition to them being brothers. Merle decided to welcome Daryl back with a punch to the face (true brotherly love) before they got lucky with Rick's return. A little scuffling never hurt anyone, right?

Yet, I'm not surprised that Daryl chose to leave despite every part of me wanting him to stay with Rick. And, sure, Daryl as a person has grown so much from just the racist redneck into the quietly caring good guy. When it comes down to it, though, Merle is still Daryl's brother.

Now, will Daryl stay with Merle in the long run after he gets a chance to really be with his brother on their walking adventure? Maybe he will realize that he's grown beyond Merle, and Merle needs to change if he wants to stay with Daryl. I think watching their relationship will be an interesting one.

In a lot of ways, having Carol reflect on Daryl's decision was perfect. After all, she was in an abusive relationship and even questioned what decision she would make. At the same time, there's always been something between her and Daryl (call it romance, friendship, or whatever) and it's sad that she doesn't have her poncho wearing guy to be there.

And while, Tyreese and his followers can never fill that void, I'm already on board with Tyreese as a positive addition. I'm always hesitant with new characters and what their role will be, but Tyreese has a powerful presence without being overbearing or over acting.

Even when Carl and Rick don't initially invite them to join, Tyreese remained positive and honest. Major kudos to actor Chad Coleman to bringing a different but already memorable character to the show.

The same cannot be said for his three followers, who I'm waiting to be the next members of zombie fodder. Can anyone guess which one will meet their end first?

I hope it's the guy who was willing to pick on the "kid and woman." That guy has got to go. I may have had my jokes about Carl, but he's turned into his own little bad ass. He can walk wherever he wants for all I care.

I'm really glad that Carl brought up being mean to his mom. The kid's been through a lot, including killing his own mother, so to have feelings of guilt for the way he treated her is completely understandable and it's great he could admit it. True, he wasn't always horrible and I hope he soon realizes that, but it certainly takes a lot to recognize one's mistakes.

Can Andrea recognize hers?

I still have no idea why Andrea wants to stick around The Governor. I get that she desperately wants to fix Woodbury and rebuild a sense of civilized hope... but c'mon Andrea. What's it gonna take to make you really see the light and walk away from the depraved one-eyed leader?

I know, I know. The Governor looks like a bad ass when he walks through the smoke or finishes off the dying dude when no else will. He's got charisma, but heck, he also had walker heads in fish tanks.

It's certainly no surprise that Glenn wants to take the Governor out and he went to town on that walker head. He's really stepping up from the quiet helper. It's wrenching to see him desperately want to have revenge for Maggie and at the same creating a rift in his relationship with Maggie.

At least Glenn isn't as unhinged as Rick who we thought had maybe managed to pull it together after his phone call in "Hounded."

Rick is such a great character and watching him slip into insanity is a wild ride. That scene with the offbeat sound of the baby crying and Rick's wild eyes in that moment, I was worried something was wrong.

Then, having a ghost Lori return to really send Rick over the edge was a fantastic scene, although not good for showing Tyreese and his group that they should even join. Swinging his gun around and screaming out? Somebody needs to calm him down and quick. He's supposed to be the sound leader!

This was a nice solid return for The Walking Dead and it makes me happy that this entertaining series is back on television again.

What did you think? Are you glad The Walking Dead is back? Will Daryl return? Is Rick insane? Sound off below!

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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    Razorofpow

    Rick is emotionally compromised and needs to be replaced, I think Glenn and Carl should team up and lead the team. Carl has alot of his dads leadership in him, and Glenn is almost always logical with his decisions.

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    the walking dead will loose a large audience if you cut rick from the show! have daryll come back and take charge while rick is being cared for by carol, she understands loss and could probably bring him back in time.

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    Parece que eu também estava de férias, minhas séries favoritas todas paradas, agora voltamos com tudo. Walking Dead, o que falar, já esperava que o super Rick sentisse alguma coisa, é desumano o que ele enfrentou, desde o início foi pego de surpresa com tudo, tudo mesmo, não teve tempo para digerir nada, mas como ele é o super Rick vai superar isso também, o Daryl tomou a atitude que se esperava, ficou com o irmão, estranhei um pouco o Glenn, sua atitude foi, no meu ponto vista, excessiva, querer retaliação é uma coisa se rebelar com quem o ajudou, não sei, só se tem algo por trás que ainda não sabemos e quanto a Andreia deixa prá lá eu nunca gostei dela mesmo, o Daryl fica melhor com a Carol que é mais centrada, os novos habitantes da prisão precisam de uma oportunidade para mostrar pra que vieram, então só nos cabe esperar, esperar, esperar, esperar.....

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    The guy who said it's just a woman and a kid would be chewed up by Carl! The baby is little bad ass but her big brother is big bad ass in his own right. Darryl did what I knew he would but he will be back, I'm sure. Rick is losing it, big time. He feels universally betrayed, by his wife, his best friend Shane and now Darryl and the stress it getting to him. Firt getting the phone call on the dead phone and now seeing the dead Lori, the man needs a long vacation. The new goup in the prison may be around for a while yet and who knows what will happen with Michonne. Can't wait till next week!

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    If Darryl doesn't come back I'm not watching any more. I love the show but he was a huge part of why I watched. Rick has lost it and they need Darryl. They need Michonne and Tyrese's group, too, to survive. Is Andrea going to be the new Governor to those people? Sure will be fun to find out what happens next!

    Snakethecritic

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    Amazing TV.

    @Ilk_vomit "it's about goddamn time this show came back !! fantastic episode tonight....,"
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    Loved this episode! Only downside was the hackneyed sexual assault storyline with Glenn and Maggie. Seriously? Does every drama have to feature violence against women? The only purpose this plot serves is to give the sad little fanboys something to wet themselves over. This is what killed "Treme" for me. Why bog down a brilliant show with this tired crap?

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    Picked his filthy mouth brother Rick needs to keep michonne. She is good fighter. Governor needs to die he is bad if Andrea does it that is great then if not then she can go right with him too hell.

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    I am so glad it is back. Love Rick he is still not together yet but he has been through a lot. Turning away tyreese was not a good idea. Hershell was right about that but that guy that said we can take over needs too go. Merle {I hate} is a bad influence on Daryl. Carol & Daryl could have something together. After what she has been through she deserves some happiness. Maggie & Glenn can get over what happen at Woodbury. It was nothing he could do when they were tied up but he could get some revenge. Dumb ass Andrea still wants to be there for what?? Go where her team is at. Let the governor take care of that town until Rick takes it from him. Daryl hopefully he realizes that his brother is bad for him and truth be told his family is with Rick. Yeah blood is thicker than water but not when that blood is always taking me down. Merle mouth is filthy which makes him ugly.
    He has too many enemies at the prison. If Rick send michonne away he is crazy. She is a bad ass good. Daryl picked his brother so Rick need to pick her. She has done nothing wrong. Carl I give it to him little bad ass. Rick & Shane done a good job of teaching him. Well more Shane but Rick is off trying to save people and he has a good heart and a lot of people depend on him.
    And that made him not be around that much but he has a good heart. When he leaves to go help he made sure that his son & wife were safe.




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