Steven Yeun

The Walking Dead Blog

This week’s installment, “Made to Suffer,” is the last episode before the midseason break – new episodes don’t start up again until February — so are we made to care that we have such a long wait once this episode ends? Kinda. While this is a better episode than most of this season’s, it doesn’t quite measure up to the standards of past pre-break attempts. With a few exceptions, nothing overly exciting happens here, and the “cliffhanger” ending is hardly a cliffhanger at all. While the brotherly reconnection of Daryl and Merle is strongly encouraged, they were destined to cross paths all season. Yes, it’s a cool scene, and both Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus do an excellent job at emoting, but the scene does not come as a surprise and doesn’t create suspense. Plus, new characters from the comic were introduced – namely Tyreese – but it’s hazy whether or not his name was actually used and little to no character development from this new crew ever occurred, and that would have been a major plus. Also, why would Rick have a Shane mirage of Shane with a hairstyle/facial hair configuration that never appeared on the show? Was Shane-in-the-afterlife just celebrating Movember?  (Oh hey, Jon Bernthal.) Anyway… let’s get into the nitty gritty, shall we?

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The Walking Dead Blog

Comparatively to past weeks, the latest episode of The Walking Dead, “When the Dead Come Knocking,” succeeded in showing some great examples of that age-old George A. Romero zombie parable: that humans’ greatest enemies are each other. While we were treated to some great scenes of zombie violence, this episode was at its best when man fought man, even on a more psychological level. On the whole, this episode was fairly solid, except for that scene of Andrea and The Governor in their lovemaking afterglow. That probably did more to cause nightmares. Perhaps the most chilling scenes of the season so far were of Glenn and Maggie’s interrogations by Merle and The Governor. Now, Glenn was always a nice guy and it’s quite hard to watch him tied up at a chair while Merle threatens him with a knife. However, Merle, pressing a flattened knife on someone’s upper lip isn’t all that threatening… nevertheless, once the facial pummeling starts, you ache to save the wily little fellow. Michael Rooker as Merle (as usual) gets a great showcase in this episode with his ribald, white trash torture methods. He is able to convey the heightened sense of power that Merle feels over Glenn here, and soon afterward, the subservience to The Governor in a moment’s time. Backtracking, his performed control over Glenn perhaps makes up for his being The Governor’s underling in his own mind.

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One of the most high profile shows to come out of last year was AMC’s adaptation of the hit Robert Kirkman comic book The Walking Dead. But depending on who you ask, the first season was either the greatest thing ever to grace television or an absolute waste of storytelling potential. This past Saturday, one of the two most highly anticipated panels of the day was for The Walking Dead, mostly due to the fact that the second season of the show premieres tonight on AMC at 10pm.

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