The Walking Dead, "Beside the Dying Fire": new sheriff in town

Quick Take: The Walking Dead, "Beside the Dying Fire"
"It's my farm!" - Hershel


Review: The Walking Dead, "Beside the Dying Fire"
(S0213) The opening scene in The Walking Dead's season finale reminded me of the time I went to see Zombie Who in concert and four zombies were crushed against the stage. But seriously, folks...

I loved the zombie bonfire. Even though it's clearly a dangerous way to kill zombies and the stench must be horrific, it was clearly the best defense Rick (Andrew Lincoln) had at his disposal. I suppose the barn wasn't really of use anymore, so setting it ablaze was no big deal. The real question here is why did it take so long for zombies to run across the farm. Guns have been fired on the farm before, haven't they?

No episode of The Walking Dead has affected me like this one did. Seeing Hershel (Scott Wilson) forced to leave behind the last remnants of his pre-zombie life was pretty heart-wrenching. It was inevitable that zombies would take over the farm, I suppose, I just always thought the survivors would be more prepared for it. I realize now that is a ridiculous thought.

I also felt particularly bad for Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan). Relationships are hard enough to make work without a zombie showing up and being a third dead wheel. Seriously, I know I wasn't the only one who felt good for those two kids and it sucks that they're bliss was so short-lived.

The Walking Dead has gotten a lot of criticism for a variety of things; writing, acting, etc. I, however, have remained a fan from the first episode for one reason and one reason only... zombies. I'm sure if there were other dramas about zombies, I would expect a lot more from the show, but until then, I will support this show any way I can.

After seeing Rick's speech, it's clear that things and people are going to change from here on in. Oh, and by the way: I haven't read the comic books, so don't tell me who is under the hood.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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On: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

What are your thoughts on the zombie "migration"? They can't be just because of the one (intriguing) helicopter, right ? 


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