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AMC’s The Walking Dead Mid-Season Review

Matt Vaghi

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The first season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, composed of only six episodes, left viewers itching for the start of a second season.  When season two opened back in October, we found the group of survivors heading to Fort Benning after the explosion of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

Since then, the group has found out (via a shooting accident in the woods) that there are more survivors quietly tucked away in a farm owned by a veterinarian named Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson). Without spoiling anything, it is sufficient to say that tension grows as Hershel subtly tells Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that he and his people will eventually have to leave his farm.  Rick urges that the two groups should work together in order to survive, but Hershel is more concerned about saving his resources for his family.

Additionally, there are several intriguing dynamics happening that arise within Rick’s group.  Shane (Jon Bernthal) continues to revert into a morally corrupt character with savage-like qualities, Glenn (Steven Yeun) finds romance with Hershel’s daughter, Laurie (Andrea) attempts to find the motivation to survive after her younger sister was killed in season one and Rick discovers secrets that his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), has been hiding from him.

As with the first season, the new season is amped up with staggering clusters of deformed and moaning zombies ominously walking around looking for humans to devour. Every time there is a zombie moving around near humans, an extremely unnerving atmosphere arises that viewers can tangibly feel. Then, when the zombies are viscously killed and mutilated by the humans, a calmness and sense of ease becomes prominent. It is quite a sensation that The Walking Dead perfects.

The other impeccable aspect that season two really dives into is how well it depicts the human desire to survive. What some of the characters do just to keep breathing is rather fascinating and demonstrates what we are capable of when we are pushed up against the wall with little hope. Aside from the smashing of zombie brains, The Walking Dead continues to portray the concept of human survival that few works of TV or film can rival.

Season two will be on a three-month hiatus until it airs its remaining six episodes starting on February 12th, 2012. In the meantime, fans that haven’t caught up on the show have plenty of time to watch the first seven episodes of the new season. The final half of this season will hopefully be as enticing as the first half.

Matt Vaghi may be reached at mvaghi@springfieldcollege.edu

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