0

The Walking Dead: Carl Preaches Movement In This Clip For Crossed

With only two more episodes left in 2014, AMC’s The Walking Dead is building towards something big. This became readily apparent at the end of last night’s episode, “Consumed.” (You can read our thoughts on maybe the best episode of the season HERE for more depth on that matter.) With the annual mid-season hiatus looming, the massively popular zombie series never likes to leave you with warm, cuddly feelings. And if you needed to be reminded of this fact, watching this new clip for next week’s installment, “Crossed,” gives you the definite impression that things are going to get grim.

We’re going to stray into SPOILER country for a while here, so you my want to sit this one out if you’re not caught up on The Walking Dead.

Tags: , ,

0

The Walking Dead Post-Game: Consumed Needs To Talk About Carol

During the last half of season 4, AMC’s The Walking Dead took a different approach to telling the zombie story, breaking the core group up into smaller factions and following each one for an episode, or at least most of them. Season 5 has taken that strategy and added even more narrative tweaks and gymnastics. They’ve staggered the timeline, so not only do events in different places play out simultaneously, each chapter adds to your overall knowledge, filling in blank spots and answering questions posed earlier. Thus far, it’s been an inventive tactic, creating a tension that carries week to week, and builds the arc of the season in a different and unusually satisfying way. (It’s weirdly like watching Arrested Development, letting stories unfold over multiple episodes, in multiple timeframes.) This week’s episode, “Consumed,” follows this path and delivers one of the best installments of the season.

There are SPOILERS beyond this point. If you haven’t watched “Consumed” yet and have any interest in doing so, stop reading now or what follows falls on you.

The Walking Dead

Tags: , ,

0

This Week’s Walking Dead Was Almost Censored, We Try To Figure Out Why

AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is known for being brutal and violent and, especially for a show on basic cable, startlingly gory at times. Still, as vicious as the show can be, and as it continues to push boundaries, that doesn’t mean it can get away with anything, and the most recent episode of season 5, “Self Help,” or at least part of it, was almost censored.

Just a heads up, if you haven’t watched “Self Help” yet, we’re going to get into some major SPOILERS. So if you haven’t watched, and you actually care, stop reading, because if you complain about it later we’re just going to smack our heads into the wall.

The Walking Dead

Tags: , , ,

0

The Walking Dead: Watch Carol Get Grim In This Clip For Next Week’s Episode

After the biggest stumble they’ve had in some time with “Slabtown,” The Walking Dead righted the ship with last night’s “Self Help,” which showcases some characters that have been woefully underutilized until now—Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Eugene (Josh McDermitt). Now we’ve got our first look at the next installment, “Consumed,” as well as some behind the scenes looks at “Self Help.”

“Slabtown” caught us up with Beth (Emily Kinney), who had been missing in action since season 4, and it looks like “Consumed” is going to show Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) and their efforts to track her down. Out for an evening stroll a couple episodes back, they saw a car with a white cross painted in the window, like the one that took Beth, and gave chase.

Tags: , ,

0

The Walking Dead Post-Game: Self Help Drops A Giant Bomb And Mullet Jokes

Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Slabtown,” wasn’t great, and is the weakest episode of the series since the middle of season 4. But luckily, it was just a slight speed bump, as the hit zombie drama returned to its recent form with the fifth episode of season 5, “Self Help.” As the core group has broken up again, they’re sticking with the narrative structure where each episode follows one splinter, and this installment sheds some light on members of the cast who, though they’ve been present, haven’t had much to do.

It should go without saying that there are spoilers coming, but I’ll say it anyway, there are spoilers coming.

the-walking-dead-episode-505-abraham-cudlitz-main-590

Tags: , ,

0

Watch The Walking Dead Finally Give These Oft-Ignored Characters Something To Do

Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Slabtown,” was a bit of a disappointment. Still better than many installments of previous seasons, it’s by far the biggest misstep in the last ten or eleven episodes dating back to the middle of last season. Hopefully season 5 of AMC’s hit zombie drama will get back on track this week with “Self Help,” and this new promo from New Zealand gives you an idea of what to expect.

Since returning from its midseason hiatus last year, The Walking Dead has taken a different narrative approach than it had before. The core group was broken up into factions, which allowed the writers to spend entire episodes with these various splinters, really digging into each story arc and providing room for much more character development. It also adds a layer of tension, just as the characters don’t know what is happening with everyone else, even if they’re alive, neither do you. It is an effective way to drive story forward and create a stronger connection between viewer and show. And it looks like that’s a strategy they’re employing again.

Tags: , ,