The Walking Dead S3 Part 1 Finale

Whoa. I can’t believe I am saying it but this was even better than the season 2 finale that got me back on board with the show.  I am so thoroughly impressed.  The show has obviously split from the comic again but while it toned down the violence, it still gave us plenty to talk about tomorrow.  In the comic some of the group are captured by Woodbury.  Rick loses a hand (something that would have been annoying production wise and I understand why they didn’t do it…yet), and Michonne is raped by the Governor repeatedly.  She still manages to escape but not before taking an arm, eye, and member of the Governor.  What we saw tonight was tamer but no less satisfying.

I thought the introduction of Tyrese was great.  Amber and I both instantly became fans when he calmed down his wife with the realities of their situation.  I know Tyrese is a big character in the comic and I think he was appropriately cast.  I see plenty of potential for this guy when the season comes back in February.  I also really like that while things went differently in the show between the Governor and Michonne he still lost an eye.  Bad guys are so much more badass when they have lost an eye.  We could see it immediately as he turned his one glaring eye on Merle and pronounced him a traitor. I think it’s obvious from the previews that Merle and Daryl will somehow escape and rejoin the group.  I think it was a great cliffhanger though. I am not really a fan of Merle but I have always liked Michael Rooker and I think it is a good idea for the show to keep him around.

The show has taken its annual break for the Christmas season and I think that is appropriate.  This show has no place during the season and it is a great idea ratings wise to have this hiatus. I am a huge fan of the FX series American Horror Story and this season has been great but I do wish that show did the same thing.  It’s hard to get into the horror spirit during the season of giving no matter how good the show is.  I found that to be a problem with the spectacular season one of the show and I anticipate it to be the same this year.  The Walking Dead does it right.  By the time February rolls around we will all be salivating for this show and it will make it all the better.

Next season look for a major assault by Woodbury on the prison.  It’s obvious that the Governor has already noticed its whereabouts and wanted its resources.  His conservation with Merle a couple of episode suggested as much.  He will tell his people that the “terrorist” who attacked them reside there and they will eventually form an assault that will climax perfectly in an incredible season.

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