Tonight’s ‘The Walking Dead: Nebraska’ is the first post-Darabont episode that stars right where it stopped, and for people wanting full on action be warned, this one takes it’s time to build up the tension.
‘The Walking Dead’ fans will be watching this episode closely to see if new showrunner Glenn Mazzara screws up in a post-Darabont world. Actually, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference…and this is from someone who’s watched it from the start and read the comic. We come right back off to that emotional roller coaster ending in December when Shane unleashed the barnfull of zombies and the gang having a shoot out killing off Hershel’s friends and family. But we were all shocked when little Sophia was the final exit, and Rick stepped up to give her a final exit. How often do you wind up feeling sad when a zombie is killed? That’s what I love about this show.
Fans were complaining that the beginning of the season was too plodding, but I think we were spoiled with the first season. There was just a handful of episodes so we got everything thrown at us like crazy without much character development. This season is more about that, and for me, it’s built up some great tense moments, especially showing what lies beneath in Shane.
After the shootout and the killing of Sophia, it’s natural to have a little slow down after the adrenaline rush. Shane immediately goes into his Alpha male overdrive with Hershel, and we see the devout dude in serious need of a drink which he partakes heavily. Rick gets melancholy again, which he’s done much of the season, but he relizes that he’s put everyone at risk continually looking for Sophia. He even says “People counting on me, and I had them chasing a ghost in a forest,” to his wife Lori. I think a lot of us were siding with Shane on that count, but it seemed like this is where the producers/writers were wanting to create some tension having everyone staying in one spot for a spell. It continually built up, simmered before spewing over in the finale which was easily the best episode of the season.
Dale tells Lori that he doesn’t trust Shane, and we know something big is going to happen between them. One very good scene happens between Rick and Herschel in the bar which makes you start liking the old guy again. This winds up building to some a pretty incredible tense scene. That’s what I like about this show, it has been focusing on character development, and yeah sometimes it does things that make no sense. There’s a scene where Lori decides to go after Rick while reading a map behind the wheel. You’d think she’d never looked at a map in her life as long as she studies it…behind the wheel. I can forgive those absentminded scenes to movie the story forward, especially with the way it all builds up to some great stuff by the end.
I don’t want to give away anything, but Rick, Glenn and Herschel encounter some thugs that seem a cross between Sopranos and Jersey Shore wannabes, and we see Rick get his backbone again to protect his clan.
So all you fans fearful of ‘The Walking Dead’s’ demise after Darabont can breath easier knowing that the show will continue and possibly get better. Judging from tonight’s episode, that’s a pretty realistic possibility.
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The Walking Dead Nebraska Episode felt more like a bridge for things to come. It starts out a little plodding and slow, but by the end you realize why we had to take the journey as the payoffs pretty good. From the look of this episode, I think we’re in for a wallop of a punch for the rest of the season.