10th Oct2013

‘The Walking Dead: 4×01′ Review [Spoiler-Free]

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun | Written by Scott M. Gimple | Directed by Greg Nicotero

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So, its time, it’s finally time. The Walking Dead has been a smash hit show based on its extensive character development and wonderfully gory scenes of zombie violence. Season 3 was mixed in the views of many fans. I found it to be very good and enjoyed the finale for the most part, though it wasn’t very well received by many. When season three came to a close I was excited to see where they took the show with the fourth season.

When we left the show, some characters said goodbye and we were still in the prison, the question mark left as the final episode came to a close was a large one, leaving us wondering if they were going to stay in the prison much longer, and who would survive.

Episode one of the new season begins a number of months after the events of the previous season’s finale. We start by seeing that the prison and its grounds have been adapted into a makeshift township with crops and animals, with each member of the community having their own specific role in things. The cast of characters has been expanded quite a lot and there are plenty of new faces and interesting developments to see. For those who felt like there wasn’t enough zombie killing last season, there should be plenty to fill your tummies with in this episode as we see some of the characters go looking for supplies in an area surrounded by the living dead.

This episode is more or less a “catch-up” episode where new characters are introduced, relationships of existing characters revisited and the general setting of the show being shown, allowing us to get up to speed on what’s going on and what the months have been like since we last saw these people.

I thought this was a fantastic start to the new season of the show and it opens up, already, many possible scenarios and avenues that the program could take over the next few months. There are a number of things that the show has been renowned for that once again appear in this episode – with tension and surprises aplenty. I can’t wait to see where the creators of The Walking Dead take us next and what happens to these men, women and children that are trying, with all their power, to exist in a world where trust is hard to come by and walkers are everywhere…

The first episode of The Walking Dead season four, 30 Days Without an Accident, airs on AMC on October 13th and on FOX (UK) on October 18th.

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