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The Walking Dead Review: Talk Talk Bang Bang

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Let's talk about feelings.

For a major portion of "Home," The Walking Dead characters wanted to talk, express emotions or walk around getting a chance to think... and then talk some more. Which, unfortunately, felt like a really long lull before that explosive and surprising ending.

Rick Grimes Photograph

One of the more standout moments during the talking time was definitely between Maggie and Glenn. These two are hitting some major bumps in the road because of everything that happened during their stay at Woodbury, and finally getting a chance to discuss it was as tense and uncomfortable as it was to watch.

Maggie's obviously trying to deal with feeling violated on her own, while Glenn simply wants to take action. It makes sense, too, that he's so blinded by trying to do something for his girlfriend that he ignores everything else.

It's certainly no surprise that she was upset with him either, opening his eyes to the fact that it was her experience and not his. This felt exactly like a real fight and one that I hope they can come back from.

As for Glenn, his attempt at leadership continued while Rick was on his crazy train, but it seemed pretty clear that Glenn will never take Rick's place. Even Hershel acknowledged it, and I'm sure if you took a poll, most of the characters would agree.

I like the fact that Glenn has really stepped up, but I do wish that we could actually see people get behind him as a possible leader. Maybe if he toned his crazy rage down, it could happen, but otherwise, he's playing imaginary leader.

Daryl and Merle's trek through the trees also featured exceptional moments, and frankly, anytime these two actors get together, you get TV gold.

Daryl is a good brother in picking to go with Merle, but his time apart has changed him from the complete and utter follower that he used to be. Having Daryl stand up for himself was a great step for his character, especially in the face of the sibling who has been that dominant one of the pair.

Even saving the family showed how much Daryl has become that good person. And just how much of a bad ass he is when taking down a ton of walkers. The guy looks so cool in the face of danger firing off arrows, knifing walkers or slamming van doors on walker heads.

But I'm glad that Daryl chose to go back. At the same time, I'm happy that Merle knew his chances with Rick's group were not good. Behind all that sarcasm and banter, there is a person with a sense of fear and acknowledgement for the way he acts. Perhaps, remorse and a chance to change too? Merle really is that guy you love to hate.

Of course there was some other stuff with Hershel trying to be the wise old Jedi telling everyone what they should do, despite nobody really listening. And then there was Andrea trying to be some type of leader in Woodbury, even though the Governor has other agendas.

And for the most part, I was prepared to end the episode with a few more convos, such as a final sentiment about becoming a leader or fighting the Governor or letting Tyreese join (where the heck did he go?).

Except what we got was a fantastic wake up to a rather quiet episode.

I couldn't believe Axel got a bullet to the head. Although, maybe I should have seen it coming as he was opening up and getting some more lines.

While I do give props to the shocking start of the attack, I'm bummed out that once again another character that could have grown on this show was quickly wiped out.

It feels like we could have explored more of the prisoners' psyche or seen their chance to change from the so-called bad guys they were locked up for... but, nope, all the prisoners are dead without having had anything to really do but stand around in the background. Kind of a wasted chance.

Yet, Axel aside, the attack sequence itself was stirring and action-packed. Planting that truck inside and unleashing the walkers was a brilliant move on the Governor's part. And who was behind that masked driver? Did they get away?

Sure, no one could seem to manage hit anyone with the barrage of bullets except for the random guy in the tower (how did he get there?), but it was a fun and cinematic battle. Michonne got to show off her cool sword skills, Rick was pistol whipping walkers, Merle was saving the day and Daryl was being his awesome self.

The prison group really needs to prepare themselves for round two because, even with one eye, the Governor is a good shot and a really bad dude.

Plus, I wonder how with the walkers caught in between the group members, how Rick will not only manage to get back, but take up his leadership again. That final look was definitely one of  action and revenge. You don't mess with a guy trying to follow around visions of his dead wife.

Overall, really, save for the last battle, most of the episode wasn't all that exciting. I do get that the show isn't all fighting and bloody deaths (and I never want it to be just that), but sometimes it feels like when the show slows down, it slows down.

For the most part, The Walking Dead Season 3 has done a good job of finding a balance between character drama and action, and with the Governor starting his war with the prison, things should hopefully play out positively.

I'm already prepared for what should be a great Rick vs. Governor showdown.

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

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am I really supposed to believe Rick was just wandering around aimlessly looking for the ghost of Lori in the middle of the woods while there are clearly zombies out there? come on people... these characters are just so stupid. 3rd season is so much better than the 2nd though.

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Tudo começou muito calmo, demais pra meu gosto, até que Daryl e o irmão metralha de deparam com um grupo em apuros( uma família), enquanto o metralha só quer roubar o segundo em comando do grupo do Rick(lindinho) ajuda e se depara com a escolha errada que fez ao deixar a sua família, então acontece tudo, fiquei sem respirar até o final só não morri porque não estava na minha hora, hora alias de Daryl e o irmão metralha salvaram o super Rick ( lindinho), foi emocionante ver a volta à razão do Rick, foi tão claro que chocou, então tá né tudo volta ao normal com a família Rick, só não gostei do carinha lá ter morrido, até que era bonzinho e eu gostaria de ver a reação do Daryl quando voltasse e visse seu interesse pela Carol, aliás quem não se interessa por ela? é uma gracinha, mas eu gostaria de ver este triângulo, mas não deu. O que deu para perceber é que a qualquer momento um personagem morre, mesmo aqueles que você gosta ou que talvez tenha futuro, futuro que anda cada vez mais longe, pôxa, não para de aparecer zumbis, credo. Como será que vai acabar? todos morrem? acham uma cura? todos viram zumbis? e nois quando acabar como ficamos? Quanto ao governador ele terá o que merece é só esperar.Bjs

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★★★★☆TV I enjoyed it and it wasn't slow on my end. I found the pace intriguing, as all the characters are really well develop. We also are still learning more about them which is important. Considering it raises the stakes for the viewer. ..

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The writers are killing time since AMC ordered up 16 episodes. I understand that they need to slow things down every 3rd episode and that you can't just have zombie killings. But these actors are so supurb that the writers do not need to fill up time with mindless dialog. the most moving moments of the Walking Dead has been without dialog because the actors can bring you to tears, anger or unrest just by a glance, movement, or body language. Remember Lori putting her cheek to her shoulder and smelling the material after Rick touched her? remember Ricks face as he looked down the gun barrell before shooting Sophia? Remember Carol's tears when she learned Lori had died in labor. Remember the opening scene after Dale's death? The group was attacking stray walkers on the farm and vertually stomping them to death in their anger. All of these scenes bring me to tears and none of them had dialog. So please do not give me some corny speach by Andrea on how Woodbury will go down in the history books. I was embarrassed for the writers when I heard that speach.

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gald to see daryl back with the group cuz he is part of that ''tight knit family''. i think merle is gonna die helping team prison, if tyrese and his group is still inside the prison rick needs to get off that damn crazy train and bring them into the fold and realize he needs all the help he can get to take down that SON OF BITCH GOVENRNOR and his minions!!!!! Go TEAM PRISON!

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..And killing zombies is what the show is all about. Complete mayhem everyday. This show will never get boring for me. That is why we are glued to the TV because it is not BORING and complete mayhem every week.
Can't wait for next Sunday. It can't get here fast enough.

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It is complete mayhem Everyday for this kind of show. Not week to week. They are living in a world where the dead is walking and if you get bit you are dead. They are struggling to stay alive everyday. And among that they have a enemy that is alive and trying to kill them. So this is EVERYDAY life for these people. The governor is not going to listen to reason until he really get put down. He has the people to go to war for him. Rick do not. He has kids out there and an old man. Not has much has the governor has. So with Rick every little bit helps. While they were out there shooting the governor & his team who was watching Judith {little ass kicker}? So to keep what's mine safe in that kind of world fuck a talk go put him down. Cause the governor is hell bent on doing it to Rick team.

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Because Tyreese wasn't on this show doesn't mean he won't be in others. I would imagine if it was killing zombies and complete mayhem week after week that would get kinda old. Its, as has been said, about the people trying to live in this world. It's not just your tyical..its a bad day today....they are all bad days and if you can find moments of things feeling normal, good for them. Talking in scenes is not boring cause it always leads to something else. I just sit back and enjoy the show.

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I love this show and every time it is on it goes by so fast. So I was so happy the weekend it was on back to back. I stayed up to watch it. I am glad that Daryl went back. I do not like Merle at all. It's not his sarcasm or banter he is just straight out racist. I love when he start talking crap and Rick shuts him up. The first time was on the roof it was like won't you STFU.
Glenn can not be a leader but funny thing Carl can. One bad ass kid. Rick really need to find tyresse and his group to invite them back. Merle is a racist asshole but he can fight. Daryl is bad ass himself. Rick needs to get himself together and lead this group and go HARD on the governor NO talking and try to find a solution just put out his other eye. Michonne dam she is good with that sword slice and dice. Glad they have hershel to have the voice of reason.
Glenn is stepping up but to be a leader naw.
Over all this is my show.

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I dont get how anyone could say a bad word about this AMAZING show! This episode was great. Its like reviewers can never be satisfied. You want to knock something, knock the latest Die Hard film (its bad) but not this show!

The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

I may be the one walking away, but you're the one that's leaving. Again.

Daryl

I may have lost my hand, but you lost your sense of direction.

Merle
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