Written by John Edward Betancourt
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It's going to be a different kind of breakdown today for The Walking Dead simply because of the fact that last night was filled to the brim with many of the thematic concepts we have already discussed. The need for hope, what it means to be a good person, and so on.
Instead I thought we would take a few moments and look at the fact that the show went and did something rare, show us a big city long after the dead have taken over, and make it scary in the process. Yes, last night saw the return to Atlanta and for the first time there was a sense of dread that I hadn't felt in a long time simply because of the fact that this once proud metropolitan center is truly a city of the living dead, filled to the brim with walking abominations and man, they were everywhere.
It's a wonderful touch to say the least, since I can only think of a handful of films in this genre have ever taken us deep into an abandoned city where the living dead roam free. In fact we usually only see such things for a few minutes on screen before we move on in our story, or we simply hear tales of how bad it was. But here, it was all on display, and man did this episode show us everything. Atlanta was a husk, rotting like the living dead and serving as its own character. Heck we even got to see, at long last, the damage caused by the napalm bombing that the show has eluded to on several occasions. Not to mention we saw more unique walkers, specifically the folks that camped out and were trapped in their tents and sleeping bags, it was a menagerie of horrors and I loved every second of it.
It made for some incredible visuals, and as I mentioned before, added a horrific sense of dread. Despite the fact that we knew where Carol would end up, and there's no chance that Daryl could ever die, there was still a real sense of danger as the episode progressed, simply because there really isn't anywhere safe in a city of this size. The dead kept popping up and were once again a threat. Sure Noah had his moments, but the entire sequence where Carol and Daryl hid in the van to escape was one where I simply held my breath. It was intense, the dead were on them so quickly and I loved every minute of it.
Kudos to the show for making the city a character of its own, one that made the show tense and scary and I certainly hope we get more of this in the next couple of weeks as the rescue of Beth and Carol takes center stage. I also hope it sets a precedent in film and television for this genre. We all want to see more of this, the big city filled to the brim with corpses that devour man. That's some quality horror my friends, until next time.