Written by John Edward Betancourt
We here at hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families and that you ate as much as well...a walker would. But now that the turkey is gone and the wine bottles are empty it is time to settle in for a new Monday tradition, talking about zombies. Sadly this review means we only have one more week before the midseason finale of The Walking Dead so let's get right down to our recap of last night's episode: "When the Dead Come Knocking".
The Good: What an incredible build up of tension last night and what an outstanding episode. Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that this is my favorite show and I gush about it plenty. But this episode was another loaded potato and I love the fact this show is quickly learning how to layer every story. There were so many subtleties that another article will be on the way just for that, so let's talk about the big highlights. Let's start with the fact that I love a good homage and we got a great one last night with Milton and Andrea in his little lab. I've made mention before of the Day of the Dead slash Doctor Logan connection and last night it appeared again with Milton's desperate attempt to see if the living dead can retain any of their humanity. It was a disturbing scene to say the least. On the more positive side, I love the sense of family permeating between the people in Rick's camp. I think it was the gentle moment of welcoming Carol back that gave Michonne any amount of trust to help the group out. I was worried about the development of Michonne early on but recent weeks show she is not only a badass, but a good person. I can't wait to see what backstory they have invented for her. But the big highlight of the night, is the trouble brewing over the upcoming rescue of Maggie and Glenn. The torture scenes were tense enough, but the last five minutes left me on the edge of my seat. This is it, and we now know just how awful the Governor and Merle really are. Either way, next week is gonna be ugly. With Rick and the Governor so loyal to their groups, the bad blood between these two will make for amazing second half of the season.
The Bad: This show needs to be longer. One hour is just cruel. Two hours instead AMC, make it so.
The Verdict: This was a great setup episode. Can't wait until next week when the showdown in Woodbury gets underway.