TV Show Review – The Walking Dead, season 3

The Walking Dead, season 3
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment and AMC
Release Date: August 27, 2013

The Walking Dead 3

If you are not watching THE WALKING DEAD, you must really hate excellent television. This show, by far, has to be the best drama on television right now. And that’s really saying something, as it has been on the air for three seasons already. With mind-blowing special effects, strong characterizations, and a gripping premise, this is one show that you cannot afford to miss.

If you’re not familiar with THE WALKING DEAD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:

Based on the hugely popular graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, THE WALKING DEAD continues to draw in record audiences. Season 3 follows the weary group of survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes, as they take refuge in a prison and attempt to set up a permanent camp. But while invading zombies are an ever-present danger, they must also battle the living, not only in the form of abandoned prisoners, but also the sadistic “Governor” and his followers.

Ok, I’m sure you’re thinking that I’m biased because I’m such a huge zombie fan…and you’re partially right. But even non-horror fans love this show; my wife, who does not enjoy horror at all, is a testament to this. She is a huge fan of THE WALKING DEAD, and she even talks openly about liking the zombies!

The show is shot very well and the acting is superb. The premise, while obviously fictional, is terrifyingly real and immerses viewers in a bleak and horrifying world. This backdrop allows for a roller-coaster ride of drama and terror as the survivors fight to survive both the living and the dead.

Season three of THE WALKING DEAD introduces several new characters and even kills off a couple of existing ones; I will not go into details, in case you have not heard, but one of the main characters makes a heart-wrenching exit in this season. I was quite surprised and somewhat shocked when it happened…but I suppose it was inevitable that someone had to die at some point.

This is by far the most intense season yet, and I cannot wait to see what happens in season four. I do not read the comics, so all of this is new to me. I understand, however, that avid fans of Kirkman’s series applaud AMC for its efforts to stay true to the source material, which is a huge testament to the show as well.

I highly recommend THE WALKING DEAD, and I suggest you check it out immediately if you do not watch it already. The previous seasons are available in a variety of formats, so give them a look. And be sure to check the series out on Blu-ray, if you can. The HD picture and sound greatly enhance the viewing experience, and there are a large number of nice bonus features to enjoy as well.

Season three hits store shelves tomorrow, August 27, 2013.

MSB

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