I know it’s been two weeks but I finally had time to sit down and write this up.
I’m not a critic. If I like a show, I pretty much like everything about it. I follow blogs, check twitter; I know a lot of people have problems with things and stuff ;). I may have ideas about where I’d like a show to go but, for the most part, I just enjoy the ride. That doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions.
A lot happened in the first half of the season I was disappointed that T-Dog died. Even though Lori had become one of my least favorite characters, her death was one of the most emotional for me. The fact that, for a while there, it didn’t seem like there could be more than one black character at a time was disturbing. I couldn’t stand the wait for the second half of the season with Daryl in danger (though I was pretty sure there was NO chance of him dying).
Going into the beginning of the second half, things slowed down a bit, setting up the conflict that would lead to the big showdown at the end of the season. I haven’t read the comics (mostly because they are so popular now that the back issues are too expensive for me) but I’ve read synopses online so I know the basic story lines. I like how the show kind of explored more how “Philip” became the full on evil governor.
Watching Talking Dead after the episodes, I feel like Andrea‘s story line this season could have been a lot better (and so many people wouldn’t have hated her so much) if some of the things Laurie Holden talked about had actually been shown on-screen. I know that the writers tried to have Andrea explain it during her final scene but, by then, the damage to her character had been done. As much as I hated to see her character go, Andrea’s death was done very well. It was emotional and a good tribute to her. I’m also glad that it was re-shot from what I read was the original scene. We would’ve gotten more Zombie!Milton but I think it would have been a disservice to her.
It sounds like I’m being critical, that’s not my intention. There was a lot I loved. Merle‘s whole story line AFTER he left Woodbury. I was actually sad to see him go. Norman Reedus‘ performance all season (bonding with Carl, finding Carol) but especially when he had to kill his brother. The scene after Lori died, starting from Maggie and Carl walking out with the baby. Milton. It’s hard to put everything in a season wrap up post. I hope to have the time to discuss each episode next season.
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