The Walking Dead: The Burden Of Survival

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his comrades trudge on, in their search for shelter from the walkers. After narrowly avoiding an explosion in Atlanta, they encounter a threat on the road. They find a farm owned by veterinarian Hershel Green (Scott Wilson), which becomes the location for this season’s action. Season two was popular with all types of audiences. I found it mostly engaging from the get-go and it was the first time the show would have a full cable length season of thirteen episodes where it would have its chance push down on the acceleration peddle.

These walkers are moving faster this season, not World War Z level fast but still fast enough to keep Rick and company on their toes. Season two starts slow but it builds momentum as the season goes on. Round two has more than doubled its episode intake from six to thirteen which gives it time to tell more of a story surrounding the Atlanta five and more. They want to find a safe place, but we all know that with zombies in every nook and cranny, they will be a had feat to achieve.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) with wife Lori Grimes () in The Walking Dead (The Walking Dead, AMC)

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) with wife Lori Grimes (Sarah Callies Wayne) in The Walking Dead
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We stayed on the farm all season and I don’t think that was a bad thing. We were introduced to Hershel (Wilson) and his daughters Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Beth (Emily Kinney). Glenn begun his romance with Maggie and it was easy to get behind. Dale’s protectiveness/jealousy towards Andrea was good but when he began to climb his moral high horse, he began to get annoying. He wanted to do the right thing but in a world where it’s “us or them”, doing the right thing is often doing the wrong thing. He kept repeating these ideologies and it became tedious

Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) is a wildcard that is set on being a rogue after being insulted by Lori who he got with after Rick was presumed dead. Andrea (Laurie Holden) continues to hate her father Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) after he scuppered a death-resulting scheme, her own death. There’s plenty of character drama that could do with some work plenty that’s bulletproof. The Rick/Shane (Lincoln/Bernthal) confrontations remain at the epicentre of the series. They come to blows in “18 Miles Out” and I really mean come to blows. The dialogue between the two characters was really well-written, and performed to a marvellous degree which ended with a great fight between the two friends, and zombies occurring.

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Gleen Rhee (Steven Yeun) in The Walking Dead (The Walking Dead, AMC)

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Gleen Rhee (Steven Yeun) in The Walking Dead
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The Walking Dead delivers with its action scenes in contrast to many horror movies that often fail at making audiences feel something when main characters are threatened. Every time our heroes are under scrutiny, we suddenly become ready to kill the writers. Shane and Otis are trapped at a school which leads to Rick showing up and they end up being surrounded by zombies. There’s a battle on the farm. This all occurs in the season finale. These scenes all take place in the season finale, and it’s a bloody good one at that. All in all, it’s a wonderful season. Filled with suspense, stellar acting and more characters, season two is another winner.

This is a tale of unnatural selection and only the strong survive