Written by John Edward Betancourt
It's Monday and that means another episode of The Walking Dead is behind us. But where do we go after seeing the wholesale slaughter of so many lead actors? It's hard to say, but this episode gave us hints of a darker future to come. So sit back and enjoy as Daniel and John sit down to review last night's first Lori and T-Dog free episode, "Say the Word".
The Good: More incredible comic book moments come to life in this episode. We got the Gladiator Arena that the Governor is so fond of, and it was made all the much better by putting Merle Dixon front and center into the ruse. At long last, we finally saw Michonne unleashed and the wait has been worth it. But sadly, these moments were out shined by two key things in this episode. First and foremost...Penny. Fans of the comic finally get to see one of the darkest aspects of the Governor's psyche by his letting this abomination "live" and the television incarnation was far more disturbing than I ever expected. But the defining moment of this episode, has to go to Andrew Lincoln and his incredible acting. All season long Mister Lincoln has taken Rick Grimes to new heights with his portrayal and these last two episodes have been some of the best acting I've seen on television in years. He deserves an Emmy, plain and simple.
The Bad: I find myself concerned more and more each week with the supporting cast. Specifically, I am talking about the two prisoners. I understand this show is an ensemble piece, and there is only so much screen time to go around. But I'm still pissed about the wasted opportunity for T-Dog and while went out with a bang last week, it is almost an insult to bring in two new guys to do nothing and have a couple of lines. If that's all they are going to bring to the table, then there was no need to kill T-Dog. Heck, even Beth suffers from what I will now call "T-Dog Syndrome" and the best thing to do at this point is either bring these characters up, or say goodbye.
The Verdict: Solid episode. Rather than try and top last week, we were all given a moment to catch our breath, something that is definitely appreciated. But rather than be a total throwaway episode, this was obviously an opportunity to setup a few things. More will come of Penny I am sure, not to mention I have a feeling Michonne is about to stumble on Rick's new summer home. But more importantly, Rick's breakdown should have plenty of repercussions for himself and his role as the group's leader, and like the rest of you, I cannot wait to find out who is on the other end of that phone call. We debated long and hard about speculating on the mystery phone, but I think it is best if we just sit back and enjoy the surprise!