This season reaches its conclusion not with a handshake and a peace treaty, but with grief, regret and a high mortality rate.
As one of the series’ most controversial characters, Merle was initially introduced as a trademark villain so lacking in redeeming features he made the zombies look somewhat charming. Having returned for the series’ third season and once again played by the excellent Michael Rooker, he has recently undergone a compelling metamorphosis. His morality or the seeming lack of it, is the puzzle to be solved by the end of the episode.
With an impressive degree of character development, numerous unexpected plot twists and a truly compelling central villain, the third season of AMC’s ambitious zombie saga could be its most gratifying to date.
This week’s instalment could easily be subtitled the ‘Cold War’ episode, so much of it is preoccupied with the revelations, dilemmas and politics that emerge in the build-up to an inevitable battle.
This week’s standalone instalment of The Walking Dead comes as a welcome relief from the intensity of season three’s central arc, an opportunity to tell a self-contained story that reflects the wider themes of the show.
Thank goodness for this week’s instalment of The Walking Dead. Following last week’s somewhat drowsy series return, this episode teeters on the brink of following in its tracks, before it delivers the second half that you would expect from AMC’s primetime ratings juggernaut.
Following a lengthy festive hiatus (after all, even zombies need time to celebrate Christmas and recharge their batteries), AMC’s The Walking Dead finally returns after the jaw-dropping mid-season finale that reunited two of its most iconic, estranged characters in a rather unexpected turn of events.
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