So far season three of AMC’s zombie-survival drama, The Walking Dead, has seen the show come closer to what fans of Robert Kirkman’s comic books have always wanted. The first two episodes are the first in quite a while where you didn’t get bored, weren’t pulled out of the narrative and reminded you were watching a television program, or had repetitive plot points pounded into you skull until you want to scream.
While not perfect, season three is a definite step in the right direction. In the wake of last night’s episode, “Sick,” the network has released another new clip of next week’s installment, “Walk With Me.”
One major thing you noticed if you watched “Sick” is the glaring absence of Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). In fact, the first episode of the season also gave them limited screen time. Between this clip, and the teaser at the end of “Sick,” it looks like “Walk With Me” will focus more on that duo as they wander the zombie-infested wreckage that used to be America.
You know there will be time devoted to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company, especially given the tension set up between him and Laurie at the end of “Sick,” but it will be nice to see what Michonne and Andrea are up to. This clip finds them following a plume of smoke in the distance, which, presumably, originates from a downed helicopter. In the comics, this crash leads to an encounter with The Governor (David Morrissey) and the survivors of a town called Woodbury. The promos have certainly set that up, but we will have to wait until next Sunday to see.
The Governor has been teased relentlessly over the off-season, and while I was afraid the show would rush into that storyline at the expense of others, so far they’ve done a nice job easing down the path to Woodbury.
Have you all been watching season three of The Walking Dead? What do you think so far? I approached this season as a make-or-break kind of proposition, but so far it has delivered pretty well.