So here's my dilemma. Every time I watch an episode of The Walking Dead, I have a ton of things I want to say and discuss about it afterwards. And I don't want to do it openly on Facebook for all to see, because I know not everyone watches the show at the same time. And I certainly don't want to incur anyone's wrath by spoiling things for them.
My solution to the dilemma? Beginning this season, which of course began last night, I am going to start up weekly little discussions here on Freddy In Space the Monday after each new episode airs, which I can only hope that you fine folks will interact with. We can talk spoilers all we want within the comfort of these posts, because they can be easily avoided by anyone who could possibly be spoiled by them. Needless to say, if you don't want things spoiled, don't read these particular posts until you've seen the episodes in question. Don't even skim!
Now before we even begin here, I do want to clear something up that I posted on the Facebook page last night, which rubbed some people the wrong way. I was so excited by the Season 3 premiere that I hopped on Facebook as soon as it was over, and essentially said that anyone who finds stupid little things to hate on the show about should probably shut the fuck up, and should probably start kissing the feet of everyone involved with making such a terrific show. Something to that effect.
I realized after I posted it that what I said could be taken the wrong way, so I'd like to take that all back and do a little re-wording here. While I do have a hard time understanding how any horror fan could dislike the show, I didn't at all mean to say that anyone who doesn't like it is wrong, or is an idiot for having an opinion that differs from my own. That's just a total dick thing to say, and a total dick I am not.
What I simply meant was that I'm tired of people finding little things to nitpick about, and hating on the show for stupidity like the unrealistic range and accuracy of guns that is sometimes seen on the show. I mean, really? First off, it's a TV show. Secondly, if you hate the show so much, and so violently can't stand to watch it, then why do you keep watching every week? Just so you can hop on the internet afterwards and let everyone know how much you think it sucks? I quite frankly shouldn't be seeing anyone totally hating on the show when I log into Facebook after an episode airs, because those people who don't like it should just STOP WATCHING and thereby, STOP COMPLAINING. At this point, I think it's safe to say that everyone knows whether they're totally on board with it, or they just plain do not like it.
Everyone's entitled to their own opinions, and I certainly respect those opinions no matter how different they are from my own, I've just grown tired of all the little nitpicking from people who continue to watch the show, and yet never seem to have anything positive to say about it. That was all I meant by that, and I'm sorry that my passion and excitement ended up resulting in me coming off the wrong way last night. Don't hate me.
Now that that's out of the way, my idea here with these discussion posts is to essentially talk a bit about each episode, and then put the focus on one major discussion topic for each, which we can then talk about together in the comments section. So let me talk for a bit and then I'll turn the floor over to you, how's that sound?!
Picking up several months after the events of the last season, Season 3 of The Walking Dead finds Rick and the gang in a slightly different state than we last saw them in. After surviving a long winter together, under the new 'Ricktatorship', the group is more of a team than ever, with each individual part of that team now pretty much fully adapted to the zombie killing lifestyle. Including Carl, who finds himself growing wise beyond his years, to the point that the only difference between him and the adults is now physical size and stature. Childhood ends when you kill daddy's best friend. Sorry, little dude.
**FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE EPISODE : DARYL FURTHER SOLIDIFIES HIMSELF AS AN UBER LADY KILLER BY MASSAGING AWAY CAROL'S GUN KICKBACK PAINS, AND THEN THE TWO HAVE SOME PLAYFUL SEX BANTER. IS IT JUST ME, OR WOULD YOU ALSO LOVE TO SEE THOSE TWO ACTUALLY HOOK UP?!**
Though we don't actually see what the group has been up to in the time between seasons (we likely will through flashbacks in future episodes), we can surmise that they've been nomadic over the last several months, never staying long in one spot. That is, until early on in this episode, when they stumble upon perhaps the most iconic location from the Walking Dead comics; the prison. Sanctuary at last.
The prison's walls provide some brief comfort for the group, who finally for the first time in a long time have actual beds to sleep in. Sure, they're prison beds, but a prison bed is looking pretty damn good to them right about now. Of course, it doesn't take long before their comfort is shattered, and with a zombie bite to the leg of Hershel, and the discovery that a bunch of human prisoners are in the prison with them (Adam Banjo included!), the group is thrust right back into Hell. Did Rick cut Hershel's leg off in time to save him from becoming a zombie? For that matter, is that even an effective way to control zombie-ism? And what impact will the group of prisoners have on Rick and his group? Those are the questions we're left hanging on at the end of the episode.
Oh yea, and Lori is as pregnant as ever, with the belly button poking through her shirt to prove it. Eeekk.
Oh and then there's Michonne and Andrea, who are fending for themselves in a separate location. Andrea doesn't seem to be doing too well, but Michonne is having a blast slicing zombies heads off, sometimes entirely and sometimes only half of them ... sometimes both at the same time. Goddamn, is she totally badass or what?!?!
**ZOMBIE KILL OF THE NIGHT : RICK RIPS THE MASK OFF OF A RIOT GEAR CLAD ZOMBIE, RIPPING THE ZOMBIE'S ENTIRE FACE OFF IN THE PROCESS, OLD SCHOOL PRACTICAL EFFECTS STYLE! PRODUCER GALE ANNE HURD RECENTLY REVEALED THAT THERE WOULD BE MANY ANIMATRONIC ZOMBIES SEEN THIS SEASON, AND IT'S LOOKING LIKE SHE WASN'T LYING!**
Last night's episode of the show was absolutely terrific, as evidenced by the fact that even those who expressed much disinterest in the last season seemed to have enjoyed it quite a bit. The great thing about internet trolling is that the writers of shows like this can really learn what people like and don't like through it, and plan out future seasons accordingly. That seems to be what's gone on here, with the writers taking all the complaints of there being too much talking and human drama on the show, and replacing much of it in this episode with hardcore nonstop human on zombie violence. The human drama is still all there, but there was a clear focus on delivering as many zombies and zombie killing as is possible in an hour, and the episode was absolutely loaded with head shots, head removals, and all the gory goodness a zombie fan could ask for. I personally think the dramatic elements are the strong suit of the show, and would still be watching it even if there were no zombies, but it was nice to see them shut up all the haters by coming out strong on the zombie gore, right out of the gate. Bravo!
The writers also seem to have beefed up T-Dog's role on the show, which is another thing many have complained about. In this episode, he not only speaks, but he actually kills some zombies and does some things. GASP!
I personally loved the jump ahead in time with this season, even if I would've loved to have seen some snowy zombie action on ice (again, hopefully we get some flashbacks soon!). Then again, it really doesn't even snow much in Georgia anyway, does it? The jump in time allows for us to see how much the group has grown, as a group, and it also speeds up the pregnancy of Lori, whose pregnancy is now a much more big time issue than it was in Season 2. That belly is about to burst, and that baby is about to be born, and that is totally frightening, given the current state of the world.
**QUOTE OF THE NIGHT : "LET'S GO HUNT, THAT OWL DIDN'T EXACTLY HIT THE SPOT", DARYL REMARKED TO RICK, A FEW SCENES AFTER KILLING AND EATING AN OWL.**
**FUN FACT : IT IS ILLEGAL TO KILL OWLS IN THE UNITED STATES.**
**FUN FACT #2 : REEDUS DON'T GIVE A FUCK.**
Being that the pregnancy is such a big issue dealt with in the episode, to the point that the episode seems to have been named after it, Lori's pregnancy is the main topic I want to discuss here tonight. Would love to get your opinions on how you think this whole thing is going to play out, going forward this season. Is the baby going to die inside of Lori and then become a zombie, and gnaw its way out of her? Is she going to try and abort it? Will Lori die in childbirth, and then eat her newborn? Or will all work out for the best, with the new life giving new found hope to the group? Let's talk about it!
My thoughts? I personally don't see Lori, or the baby, surviving this season. I think this season is the perfect time to dispatch her character, and I really don't see the group carrying around a baby with them. Though I'd love to see something as extremely outrageous as a belly bursting zombie baby or a zombified Lori feasting on her own child's soft little baby head, I think that's the kinda stuff you'd see in something like a B horror flick, rather than on a serious show like The Walking Dead. So what option does that leave? Here's how I see it playing out.
My prediction for the finale of this season is that Lori finally gives birth to the baby, and all seems to be going well. She's holding the baby in her arms and it looks like the season is going to end on a positive note. And then, suddenly, either a zombie or another human being kills the both of them, at which point they both re-animate, leaving the season off on that horrific note.
Now I doubt it'll play out exactly as I envision it, but I've got a strong feeling it's going to go at least something like that. Again, I don't see the baby surviving the season, and I really can't see Lori surviving either. It's gonna be a grim season, folks. Then again, isn't it always?!
As for whether the baby belongs to Shane or Rick, that's really not something that's even worth discussing, being that they really would never have any way to figure that out, short of them stumbling upon Maury Povich and his baby daddy DNA team. That's just one of those questions that both the characters and ourselves will never know the answer to. Unless, as Chris Hardwick pointed out on last night's Talking Dead, the baby crawls out of Lori and into Andrea. Then, and only then, will we have any inkling as to who the father is!
So then, feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts on last night's episode, and what you feel is going to happen with Lori and her baby. Would love to hear what ya have to say!
Hey by the way! To everyone who participates in this discussion, be sure to leave your e-mail within your comment. As a thank you for taking part, I will randomly pick one commenter out of a hat this coming Sunday, who I will send Funko's upcoming Rick Grimes vinyl toy to (seen above). The toy isn't out yet, but as soon as I have it in hand, it'll go out to the winner. How's that for kicking these discussions off proper?!
I leave you with a sneak peek of next Sunday night's episode, which airs at 9pm EST on AMC!