October 15th, 2012
10:15 AM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the third season premiere of "The Walking Dead" - you've been warned!]
The "more zombies, less talk" crowd should be pleased.
On Sunday's premiere of "The Walking Dead," the very first shot (with apologies, one presumes, to "Lost") zoomed out of a Walker's eyeball, giving us their point of view as a home they'd infested was infiltrated by our group of survivors.
It was the first of many action sequences in the premiere, each one gorier and more gripping than the last.
We also got a look from a Walker's point of view in an incredible scene that first introduced the sword-wielding Michonne, as played by Danai Gurira. We caught a quick glimpse of her rescuing Andrea at the end of last season, but this time we really got to see her in action. She's a fan favorite in the comics, and it's easy to see why. She'll be a great addition to the cast.
As for Andrea, she was still with Michonne but not exactly doing her best - at one point it seemed she wanted to be left to die.
But let's talk about the main group: they discovered the infamous prison we saw in the very last shot of season two. They managed to make their way inside the fenced-in yard, and eventually into the prison building itself.
Enough time has passed that Lori's pregnancy is now more apparent, and she ended up bunking with Carol - she's all but estranged from Rick after the events of last season. She turned to Hershel for comfort, as she's paranoid that the Walkers have already, or will, infect her unborn child.
As for everyone else: Daryl is still Daryl, and that's a very good thing (and he's way ahead of Katniss, Hawkeye and "Arrow" in the crossbow trend, so big points there). And hopefully they'll give T-Dog something more to do soon.
Carl, meanwhile, actually thought he might share a cell with Beth before Hershel caught him. There's something of an Anakin-and-Amidala-in-"Phantom Menace" vibe going on between Carl and Beth. Carl certainly seems to think he's all grown-up now, which is understandable.
The romance to watch, however, is still Maggie and Glenn. Never mind the caked zombie blood, they still have little moments of affection.
We almost lost them, though, as the group went down to the prison's basement. The couple ducked into a closet as they were all cornered by a horde of Walkers.
But it was Hershel (whose character was marked for death once before) who had an unlucky run-in with a Walker, and part of his ankle became lunch.
As the group found an empty room to examine Hershel, Rick made the split-second decision to amputate. Yep, I told you this one was particularly gory.
Moments later, Daryl prepared to shoot what he thought was a group of Walkers behind a window - but they're very much alive.
And that's how you start a season! Plus, we haven't even met the Governor yet.
What do you hope to see happen this season? Did you enjoy the premiere as much as I did? Share your thoughts on video or comment below.
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