*Here be some spoilers .
Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton.
Writer: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, Charles H. Eglee, and Jack LoGiudice.
AMC’s Episode 3 of “The Walking Dead” had some notable developments and the series seems to be focusing on several key characters. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is again forefront, but characters like Shane (Jon Bernthal), Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and a new character Daryl (Norman Reedus) are given some well deserved attention. Brotherly loyalties threaten to split the group, but the natural leadership of Grimes and a unified goal of returning to Atlanta bring some brief unity in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
This episode’s plotline returns several survivors from Atlanta to a remote, wooded outpost. Here, the undead have only started to probe for meals and also here, Grimes is reunited with his wife Lori and son Carl (Chandler Riggs). A sub-plot develops with wife beater Ed (Adam Minarovich) showing his true yellow spots, while Shane puts him back in his well-beaten place. A return to Atlanta also goes unexpectedly, with one brother left disappointed and shocked at the loss of another.
This episode is significant for showing that hacksaws can be used for more things than cutting wood. As well, Shane is shown to be somewhat deceptive by previously telling Lori that Rick was dead. The motivations for his actions are now better understood in Episode 3 and surely there will be a reckoning of some kind between Shane and Rick. Secrets like Lori’s infidelity are bound to come to the surface, sooner rather than later.
The action in this episode was sparse and substituted for story and character development, which is understandable. This brief pause in the series is setting up a climax, which is yet to come in the last two Episodes (5 & 6). Although, one zombie was seen entering the survivor’s camp, most of the action is likely to continue to occur in Atlanta. The dispatch of this one sorrowful creature was campy and fun, like much of the previous episodes’ violence.
Overall, Episode 3 “Tell it to the Frogs” offered a well balanced approach to the story by focusing on ascending character arcs. Grimes is showing himself to be a capable and watchable leader, thanks to the acting talents of Lincoln, whose vulnerabilities e.g. a cheating wife are very human. Vengeance will likely be a theme that comes up down the road as racist Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) looks to the focus of his racism, T-Dog (IronE Singleton), to right the wrong of his abandonment in Atlanta. Look for these and other developments when Episode 4 “Vatos” airs November 21st.
Overall: 7 out of 10 (a little more zombie could have been good).
A clip of Episode 3 can be seen here:
The Walking Dead Episode 3 Clip on 28DLA
The Walking Dead Episode 3 Clip Part 2 Here at 28DLA
More details here on “The Walking Dead” at the AMC Blog:
The Walking Dead at The AMC Blog