The Walking Dead (AMC, Feb. 9)
When AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead returns for the second half of its fourth season, the series may be in as good a spot as it’s ever been. The first portion of the year wasn’t spectacular, but with the exception of those standalone Governor episodes, and the flu story that went on for far too long, it’s been solid, and more importantly consistent.
After the kerfuffle at the prison left the group beaten, bloody, splintered, and down a few key members, The Walking Dead is poised to get into some meaty storylines. From the addition of new cast members, as well as what producers have said, it looks like we’re going to be following the arc from Robert Kirkman’s comics as close as we ever have. Scattered to the wind as they are, each splinter of survivors will have their own weight to bear. Carl (Chandler Riggs) is going to have to take care of his father Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who is in even worse shape, mentally and physically, than usual. I really, really, really hope they stay away from the whole dead wife on the phone thing from the comics. They tried that, and it failed miserably. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Beth (Emily Kinney) gave to cope with not only the loss of their father, but watching him get beheaded. We’ll see if Glenn (Steven Yeun) can help, or if he’ll fall to pieces, too. Michonne (Danai Gurira), well, it looks like she’s going to be alone, again, hacking zombies apart with her katana, you know, the usual.
Across the board, there are huge problems for everyone to deal with, physical and mental strains to endure, and big questions to be answered. Like what the hell happened to Carol (Melissa McBride)? If handled properly, this could lead The Walking Dead into its best run, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, it might life up to its potential. – Brent