Unfortunately the show fell victim to the infamous post-premiere viewership drop, although in the whole grand-scheme of things, it could be a lot worse. The dip, as reported by NY Daily News, was down about 16.1 million views from the premiere. While it is an unfortunate drop, it was expected; but what matters most is that Walking Dead fans are still very dedicated and will continue to check in every Sunday. The good news is this episode did not disappoint, especially with that cliffhanger.
One of the most interesting things about the episode is a comparison between Tyreese and Rick as leaders, widows, and as men “going off the wagon” as Hershel put it. Tyreese, at the front of the episode, seemed to get a bit crazy after learning of Karen’s death and to this Rick gets his hands bloody beating the crap out of him to keep him sane. Ironically, Rick was in a similar position last season after the death of his wife, but he didn’t have anyone to beat him up and attempt to set his perspective straight. He was the leader and nobody wanted to deal with that. Because Rick went through this, his reaction to Tyreese was rather violent. This move was a brilliant on the part of the writers because it gives a deeper insight on behalf of both characters
On another note, perhaps I was initially wrong by thinking that the virus epidemic was completely eradicated. Most everyone exposed to the virus via Patrick seem to have the virus and are slowly turning into walkers. And now it appears that Glenn and Sasha have the virus too. Without using the comics as a guide, my assumption is that Glenn unfortunately will be the next death in the show. Carol looks like her arc is running it’s course, Tyreese was in the middle of a walker gangbang, and Hershel may have killed him self by walking into the quarantine zone, so you never know, but I think since Glenn is one of the most loved characters of the show, it seems that he should go next especially since I don’t see much room for character development for another season or two. But then again, I have been surprised in the past.
Hershel and Carl leave for the woods and encounter a couple walkers. Carl was tempted to shoot them but Hershel told him not to because they weren’t harmful to them and they we “so peaceful.” This seems to reinforce that this is not a gore show— but a character show. Last season seemed to suggest doom for Carl’s innocence and, quite frankly, his human characteristics; this little experience advocated his growth into a man with morals— his father.
Now, Carol killing walkers was an interesting sight paired with her going over Rick’s power. Her violently killing walkers looks to further the notion that through this entire trauma she has face, she is essentially what Carl could have been if he wasn’t gaining his humanity back. Maybe that is the point of this season, to expose parallels between people and how they adapt to the way of the world. After listening to Carol and Rick’s talk at the end, and her confession to killing Karen and David it is apparent that she is a totally different person than she was in the first season. Her character, besides Carl, must be the most drastic out of the cast since the beginning of the show and I’ll be very curious to see how her murderous tendencies will be addressed in the next episode. Since Rick knows this information, he knows that if he tells Tyreese (who might be near death anyways), he will potentially kill Carol. The question here is: Would that be such a bad thing?
Now while I fear that there will be a continuous drop of viewership throughout the season, I know that if the diehard fans of the series continue to boast their love for the show and if mediums like YouTube and Netflix can infect more people into AMC zombies, The Walking Dead will surely survive an appropriate run. Shows that once had a strong backing like Dexter and True Blood have dissipated immensely, giving in to lazy writing or story arcs while shows like Breaking Bad and now Sons of Anarchy seem to have thrived well because of social media and fan-made videos.
To help keep buzz for the show, I think every week I will feature a creative fan-made response to the show. This week I thought I’d show the newest video from the Connecticut-based production company, Companion Pictures, called #bingewatch – The Walking Dead. A satire on zombie fans that often brag that they can survive a zombie apocalypse, the short follows three dimwits who jump into the world of The Walking Dead to see test their abilities amidst a zombie apocalypse.
If you’re a fan of this idea or want to submit anything, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what you guys think!