Review: The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 1 – “Seed”

It’s October and Halloween is right around the corner, so it comes with no surprise that one of the greatest pieces of zombie fiction returns to TV screens in the form of Season Three of The Walking Dead. The show, based on the comic book series of the same name, has gotten bigger and better as the seasons have progressed, leading us into the Season Three premiere, which is a very strong opening episode, one that is very well written and directed.

Seed jumps right back into the action after the break between seasons, instantly throwing us into the group of survivors led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and their continued fight for survival months after the events of last season’s finale.

Finally escaping the farm where Grimes and his group met up with former veterinarian Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) and family from last season, Season Three finds the survivors in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, scraping the barrel in their fight to survive, at one point even contemplating eating dog food in order for sustenance. In their efforts they eventually come across their next potential stronghold – a prison overrun by the titular walking dead. The survivors work together in order to progress through the prison grounds in an effort to secure it, resulting in some brilliant scenes of zombie dispatch.

Seed certainly throws us into the tighter-paced action throughout this episode, a welcome change of pace from the slow but tense and character building second season. With the storyline having leaped forwards a few months since we last saw our protagonists, the individual skills of each of the survivors have also developed in the process, resulting in some great moments where characters exhibit their efficiency in this scenario.

The episode already gives us the idea that this season is going to be the best one yet, offering great moments of tension, brilliant zombie-centric action and the welcome expansion of screen-time for the supporting cast, most notably T-Dog (IronE Singleton) who was criminally underused last season.

This is even without considering the other storyline building alongside Grimes and the survivors, following separated survivor Andrea (Laurie Holden) and the mysterious new character Michonne (Danai Gurira), a katana-wielding survivor who keeps two walkers on chains, who is given a great scene where she is revealed.

There are some very strong beats throughout the characters’ journey in this episode and the use of lighting and cinematography continue to impress, creating a dystopic zombie environment where the survivors are constantly on edge in case of a sudden zombie attack.

The character performances continue to be strong. A key element of what makes The Walking Dead more than just a zombie survival story, each of the characters continue to have depth and emotion with deep-seated relationships that are all interconnected. With the first episode it is already established that this season is going to be yet another powerful and character-heavy story.

Already Seed shows an instant improvement on the already stellar Season Two. There looks to be a lot more action and tension to the series, and with new characters and scenarios on the horizon to be explored, it is definitely going to be interesting to see where the series will go this season.

It goes without saying that The Walking Dead is once again must-see TV. 

The Walking Dead episode Seed premieres on FX at 10:00 PM on Friday 19th October 2012. It is directed by Ernest Dickinson and written by Glen Mazzara.

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