Welcome back to The Walking Dead — No Sanctuary edition
The premier of AMC’s The Walking Dead (TWD) has just concluded a half hour ago (I am writing this column at 10:30 p.m.) and I think I need some Valium to calm down.
It’s been some months since the last episode aired (not including TWD marathon that played all week) and Rick Grimes and his merry bunch of post-apocalypse survivors persevered through the nightmare of undead zombies trying to eat the living. Munch munch munch. Bang bang bang.
This episode was what fans, including me, were waiting for. No boring melodramas. No soap operas. This episode was violent, revealing, and a pure adrenaline rush from start to finish.
Let’s dive in.
Terminus wasn’t what Rick and the group thought the place was going to be. It was evident at the end of the last season that this sanctuary was in fact Hell on Earth. Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, and the death metal band Cannibal Corpse would all have a nervous breakdown if they were to talk into Terminus.
One of the first major scenes is Rick and some of the group kneeling down in front of a trough and, one by one, each was given a “bat and throat slit” treatment. Again, this episode of TWD is brutal and gory. My kind of humanity-gone-to–hell gore that is befitting of a show about zombies.
You wondered how Rick and the other major characters were going to survive maniacs bashing heads in with a baseball bat and slitting their throats. There was a one word answer.
Oh. My. God.
Forget Cialis and Viagra — if you want a cure to your erectile dysfunction, just watch Carol blowing up stuff and using her sniper rifle like Snake in Metal Gear Solid. Jesus Christ! She takes a firecracker and blows up an oil tanker and just unleashes a beast down on the Terminus area.
This was a woman who was introduced in the show as the wife of a woman-beating fuck. And now Carol has apparently taken the role of Rambo. That’s women’s liberation we can all love. I have a crush on her.
Anyways, Carol takes care of business and helps the group escape.
As far as plot development and new branches in storyline, there isn’t much here. This premier was all about two things: action and gore. I think the writers at AMC knew the fans wanted more and that is precisely what the fans got. The amount of action and brutality was absolutely kicked up a notch and I loved it.
Think about it. Society has fallen and you’re surrounded by zombies who only want to eat you; your moral compass simply explodes. You are either the killer or you will be killed — that seems to be the motto of the new season of TWD.
Not that I hated the soap opera-ish aspect of certain segments of TWD. Some relationships are forged, a romance bloomed, a baby was made, Carl is going through adolescence, and Rick has gone through a few personal evolutions. If you have 13 episodes per season, you can’t have blood and guts every week.
Remember the good ole days of Dale and Hershel?
As much as I miss those two, those days are dead and gone, homey.
The hour premier of TWD was absolute fan-service. I don’t say this pejoratively. The fans wanted this sort of bloodletting and they got what they wanted.
You find out that this “sanctuary” is just an institution of casual evil — perhaps the most despicable kind. A kind of evil where the acts performed on the show were very matter-of-fact and very systematic. It’s the kind of absence of humanity that just chills your bones.
Watching Carol and eventually the rest of the group lay waste to Terminus was absolute justice and catharsis. At this present time, Terminus is on fire, and walkers (zombies) have overrun the compound. Will there be repercussions for destroying Terminus? You bet your ass there will be.
Watching Rick walking with the group, coming to a “Terminus here” sign, and smearing it with mud and writing “No Sanctuary” on the sign is all we need to know about this season of TWD.
There are unanswered questions.
Where is Beth?
Does Daryl have a little sumthin-sumthin for Beth or does Daryl like dudes? (This is the latest internet rumor of Daryl possibly being gay and the writers of the show have promised to reveal his sexuality during this season.)
Can Rick keep it together?
Should Carol take over as leader of the group?
Is Tyrese crazy?
And I have a personal question. Why is Michonne so hot? Perhaps any woman who carries around a samurai sword has my heart. Although after tonight, I have a new crush on Carol. Anyone who can blow up buildings with ice cold water in her veins gets a key to my heart. That’s my kind of woman: a warrior.
What did we learn from TWD tonight? Don’t screw with Carol.