AMC’s perpetually uneven zombie drama The Walking Dead returns tonight, and I can’t help but wonder which show we’ll get. Will it be the occasionally brilliant show on display in the mid-season finale or in episodes like “Clear”? Will we get genuine shocks and twists, or will the show spin its wheels on things like flu outbreaks or babysitting with the Governor? Between the deaths, the loss of the prison, and the dissolution of Rick’s core group of survivors, the status quo has certainly been shaken up. We know Rick and Carl are on their own, at least for a while, and as for the rest? Time will tell.
There are new characters to be introduced, new story arcs being adapted from Robert Kirkman’s comics, and presumably lots more clever zombie kills. I very much hope the show carries its momentum from the mid-season finale and serves up a solid run of episodes to round out the fourth season. And if not, hey, there’s always that spinoff that’s in the works…
The Walking Dead returns to AMC tonight at 8/7c, in an episode entitled “After”
Rick deals with old wounds while members of the prison try accept their new environment.