Last night was the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead and boy were we in for a gore feast! A lot of people were saying how Season 2 was lacking zombie gore, so writers for the third season are making sure Season 3 is jam packed with lots of blood and guts. Right off the top it starts with the crew going at it against a small herd of zombies, they look like they’ve had tons of practice bashing zombie brains, and even little Carl is able to protect himself (especially with his deeper voice). An interesting fact, season 3 starts a few months after season 2 ended. The time between season 1 and 2 was shorter than the time they’ve had together between the end of season 2 until now. Which means, Andrea has been with new character Michonne longer than she was with Rick and the others. Interesting, right?
So Andrea is still alive (phew) she is one of my fave characters, but she’s sick- and we’re not sure why. In the time they’ve spent together, Andrea admitted she’s saved Michonne’s life several times, which means Andrea’s illness is recent…and Michonne doesn’t look as badass as we thought she was. Turns out, she keeps the two handicapped zombies leashed to her to mask her human smell when she’s out hunting. Apparently the one zombie was her fiance…and the other her best friend. Clearly she suffers from separation anxiety.
So Rick’s lady is preggo with what looks to be the fakest pregnant belly I’ve ever seen on TV. She doesn’t look at all excited to be having a bun in the oven, probably because she suspects her baby to come out a zombie. Her and Rick aren’t talking very much, they’ve always had their issues, but it seems like since Shane’s death, they can’t sweep anything under the rug.
Carol and Daryl seem to be hitting it off, they almost had a sexual moment but they look really weird together. Producer Robert Kirkman admits season 3 will dive into Daryl’s background and face some of the challenging situations he’s had to go through in his life. He obviously came from a bad upbringing, it’s going to be interesting to see why he chose to ‘turn good’ and help out the others.
So most of the episode the crew look for a new place to call home. They find the town prison and decide to live it up behind the gates. After realizing the prison yard was too big of a place to monitor, they decide to move into one of the cell blocks, pairing up into the bunk beds. It seems like the perfect place to get a good night’s rest, just close your cell door and know that nothing can get in!
The episode was going to good, so the men decide to go hunting in the prison and look for the cafeteria. The prison is swarming with zombies who apparently like to play dead on the prison floor. When Maggie and Glenn separate from the group, Hershel (her dad) turns the corner to look for her. He decides to take the short cut by stepping over a zombie, the zombie wakes up at the smell of his tasty old man leg, and bites a chunk out of his calf. It was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen, I don’t even want to write about it, because then I would have to visualize it.
The crew grab Hershel and run into what seems to be the cafeteria, oh that was an easy find! Rick has no choice but to literally chop his leg off from the knee down. The infection will spread in minutes if not seconds, Rick doesn’t waste any time, this was also a scene you don’t want to watch if you have a weak stomach. So Hershel doesn’t have a leg anymore, and apparently there’s a group of prisoners still alive.
This group looks hardcore. Glen Mazzara (Showrunner) talks more about the lost prisoners on www.EW.com
“This group of prisoners saw the outbreak happen in their prison almost a year ago and guards were turning on prisoners and prisoners were tuning on guards,” says Mazzara. “Imagine a zombie movie set in a prison. These are the sole survivors of that movie. And they’ve been locked up with each other for almost a year, and now suddenly they’re freed by Rick and Daryl and the group and have had no idea what’s happened to the rest of the world. Part of our thinking was, there were so many people during the Katrina disaster that were trapped. There was this one hospital where people were trapped and just waiting for help. That’s who these guys are. They’ve been waiting almost a year for help. And help never arrives. And they end up meeting Rick and the group and being set free and they have no idea what’s happened out there in the larger world, so in a way they are sort of like Rip Van Winkle waking up in the middle of a horrible apocalyptic nightmare.”