The Walking Dead season 3 episode 9 spoiler-free review: The Suicide King

Review Ron Hogan 8 Feb 2013 - 07:29

The Walking Dead returns to AMC this Sunday, and judging by Ron's spoiler-free episode review, nobody's going to be disappointed...

The Walking Dead has turned itself from one of the most promising shows on television to one of the most disappointing, and now all the way back to being one of the most interesting programmes on TV in the span of three short seasons and in the hands of two different show-runners. With Glen Mazzara on his way out, there are precious few episodes left in which to enjoy one of the best runs of any executive of any television program pretty much ever. 

It seems like high praise, given the many brilliant television shows that have been on the air, especially in recent cable years, but after watching the forthcoming episode of The Walking Dead, I don't believe I'm reaching too far in that assertion. Rather than delaying with a flashback, or a catch-up, or something of that nature, The Suicide King jumps right into the moment where the show left off, immediately kicks off action scenes, and does not let up for a good portion of the episode. 

However, when the show does let up, it's for a good reason. One of the big problems the show has had in the past is that its discussions/arguments/whatever were completely meaningless. After all, there are zombies out there eating people, and they're having pointless debates. There were many palavers and arguments during this week's episode, but for once they kind of... made sense, I suppose. They were discussing issues, and they were real, relevant issues to the current situation actually happening. More telling, they were speaking in pretty intelligent ways rather than platitudes. 

That's a big credit to writer Evan T. Reilly, one of the better minds in the show's platoon of writers. He has a good handle on the character dynamics, and he has produced a well-balanced, well-plotted episode that moves cleverly between action and drama as necessary to propel the story along. It's interesting to see how the characters interact with one another and how they deal with the losses they suffered along the way to get where they are, and how what they've gone through presents itself in their current mode of behaviour. 

The personality clashes between the two... well, now three group leaders on the show - The Governor, Rick, and Tyreese - are getting really interesting, particularly given Rick's instability in the first part of the third season. It's unsettling for the audience and the characters to see Rick, the stable, moral, lets-talk-it-out guy of the first and second season begin to turn into a dangerous dictator type (the Governor, as we all saw earlier this year, needs no help being dangerously crazy). Tyreese hasn't gotten involved between the two much so far, but he looks as though he's going to become a major player since, well, he was a major player in the comic series and the show needs to have one legitimate black role model (who isn't Morgan from S1). 

I have some trepidation about the long-term future of a show that burns through creatives so quickly, but for the short-term, I know it's in good hands. I'm also very excited to see how the rest of the episodes play out, because the first one back serves as an effective table-setter for some very cool stuff on the horizon. 

US Correspondent Ron Hogan is very glad to have The Walking Dead back to fill the void in his television schedule. Find more by Ron daily at Shaktronics and PopFi

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Good to hear that the turmoil during the break hasn't affected the show...yet.

Looking forward to this!

You’re right with this show going from one of the most promising shows on television to one of the most disappointing, and now it's on the way back to being the best thing on TV. It’s been way too long since the last episode, and I really can’t wait to see what happens between Rick and The Governor, it looks like all out craziness. I’m glad I have all the previous episodes recorded to my DVR, because I plan on having a Walking Dead marathon with my friends before tomorrow before the next episode airs. While working at DISH, I’ve tried to stay current on all the products and services we offer, that’s why I purchased my Hopper DVR. I like how I can record all the episodes of The Walking Dead, and also how there’s enough space to store multiple seasons of several different shows on the huge hard drive it comes with. Personally, I think all the storage space on my Hopper DVR is awesome.

Hope it's not burning out quickly. I'ld like to see a season 5 and beyond, possibly a new one every year for indefinite. Zombies forever.

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Even at its slowest the show was still one of the best on TV.. I liked the second season, in part because it showed the extent to which people would try to maintain normality in the event of a major disaster. I've seen exactly that happen here after a string of earthquakes. People ignore them, pretend they never happened, and try to carry on exactly as they did before. And that is what was going on at Herschel's Farm.

It may have been disappointing to some, but it was realistic.

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