Season three of AMC’s The Walking Dead returned last night with the action-heavy premiere, “Seed.” Not without certain flaws, it was a solid opening, one that shows promise for the season ahead. There wasn’t much in the way of character development—and it mostly ignores Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira)—but you can see how living on the road has taken a heavy toll on Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his merry band of misfit survivors.
Following hot on those heels, and amidst massive ratings, the network has released a sneak peak at next week’s episode, “Sick.” It should go without saying, don’t watch this clip unless you’ve watched the first episode. There will also be some additional spoilers if you keep reading.
This obviously picks up immediately after the end of “Seed,” after Rick has hacked off Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) leg with a hatchet in an attempt to avoid infection after a zombie bite. It’ll be curious to see if this works. Around this time in Robert Kirkman’s comics, they try this trick twice. Once is a miserable failure, though the second time—on Dale (Jeffry DeMunn), who dies in season two—works like a charm. Maybe Hershel is standing in for Dale in this instance on the TV show.
With the revelation of the survivors inside the prison at the end of “Seed,” it looks like the story may stick closer to the source material than I initially expected. Over the off-season, so much emphasis was placed on the incoming character, the Governor (David Morrissey), that I was afraid they were going to rush through everything that happens at the prison just to get to that storyline.
Now it looks like the Andrea/Michonne sidebar will be used as a way introduce the Governor and his compatriots in the town of Woodbury, and build up the tension, while still going through the stories that unfold in the prison. There are some cool stories to get through before the two groups collide, and there’s a lot of season to fill.
Below is a grab of the trailer for the upcoming season that they showed at the conclusion of the episode.
What did you think of “Seed” and the potential for season three of The Walking Dead?