October 17th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
The first 25 (commercial-free) minutes of Sunday's "The Walking Dead" premiere should've wiped away any lingering reservations about the AMC show.
Having escaped from the CDC, our survivors found themselves on a highway stopped by many, many cars on the road, most with dead drivers.
Before long, as one might expect, the walkers came.
This was one of the most pulse-pounding sequences of the series so far, as many of them were forced to hide underneath the cars. T-Dog ran to safety with a bloody hand as Andrea hid in the bathroom of the RV, only to be menaced by a walker on the other side of the door.
Everyone managed to survive but Sophia, who moved out from underneath a car early and was chased into the woods by walkers.
Rick was able to save her from them, but she went missing in the process. Several tense scenes were created when a larger group ventured out to find her, including one in a church, where three more walkers were dispatched.
In the church, Carol and Rick each prayed, while Andrea – who'd been denied her own gun and built resentment against the rest of the group – overheard a conversation between Shane and Lori. It's unclear if she put it together that they'd had an affair, but she did suggest to Shane that she wanted to separate from the group with him.
Then there was the beautifully shot, quiet scene between Carl and a deer (reminiscent of the series pilot) that was cut short by a bullet, which hit the deer and seemed to hit Carl as well. But where did the gunshot come from? And, of course, what will happen to Carl and Sophia?
This episode was the last one written by Frank Darabont, who is no longer running the show, so it remains to be seen if that had any effect.
Regardless of that, this new season had an incredible start, and I'm definitely on board to see where it goes.
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