If you weren't completely satisfied with 'The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season', you weren't alone. There were some great moments and real character development, but there was an awful lot of sitting around waiting for things to happen (both for the characters and the viewers).
How would the third season react to the previous year's stagnation? Read on.
The group, still led by Rick (Andrew Lincoln) encounters a (somewhat) abandoned prison. After some debate, they begin to establish themselves there. Rick's wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) is very pregnant, which affects their mobility.
Meanwhile, Andrea (Laurie Holden) who was separated from the group at the end of their escape from the house is befriended by a sword wielding woman named Michonne (Danai Gurira). In their travels, they are captured by Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), last seen in season one and brother of Daryl (Norman Reedus). Merle takes Andrea and Michonne to a fortified town called Woodbury which is run by a fellow known as The Governor (David Morrissey). At first, everything seems great at Woodbury but deeper exploration removes this facade.
As the two communities become aware of each other, they inevitably must decide whether to join forces against the undead or destroy each other.
Did you notice how zombies were the last thing mentioned in the woefully incomplete synopsis? That's because the further along we go in this show, the less they seem to factor into the equation. Sure, people get munched on by them but they are just mindless, biting-machines. The true evil is in the form of power hungry or just plain crazy people.
What this has in common with the second season is that the group finds a location in fairly little time and mostly sticks to it rather tightly. The variation here is that we have a very real antagonist and a different location that is equally dangerous and interesting. Merle's return also spices things up.
Woodbury is the first seemingly stable, zombie-free location thus far in the series. Of course there is a dark underbelly. Trust me, it's really dark. To repeat, yet again, a point that has been made a few times when talking about movies/shows featuring the reanimated, the living are capable of greater evil than the undead.
Some might find the season finale a little bit disappointing. Not that it was poorly done, but it leaves things a little open-ended and doesn't quite live up to the build-up.
The cast has settled into their roles by this point. As group leader, Rick certainly feels a lot of pressure and has his fair share of struggles. Carl has evolved in an interesting way because he was, previously, a burdensome child. Starting with this season, he is really pulling his weight and becoming a strong character despite his young age. The Governor is an intriguing villain with some secrets. At first, he isn't even strictly villainous, but a few occurrences tip the scales. Michonne is a valuable addition to the group from an audience standpoint because she is unaligned for much of the season and has various loyalties and motivations. Plus, her detached no-nonsense attitude is a nice contrast from some of the more emotional, indecisive types. Don't get attached to everybody. Danger lurks around every corner and we lose some major characters this year. A few ghosts even pop up. That has become quite the common trick.
Special features include: commentary, deleted scenes, and some brief featurettes about production.
'The Walking Dead: Season Three' proved that there is a lot more fun to be had watching people attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Not rated 678 minutes 2013