The third season of AMC’s The Walking Dead came to a close Sunday night and it set a new cable viewing record of 12.4 million viewers. I didn’t like it. I thought it was anti-climatic and featured some sub-par, sloppy writing.
For instance, when Rick spoke to Carl after the failed attack by the Governor’s people, he asked his son about the boy he shot. Rick asked Carl if he was handing over his gun when he shot him. Carl told his father that he couldn’t take the chance. He pointed out that Rick was in a room with the Governor and he let him go, and then the Governor killed Merle.
Carl was right. He was right in shooting the boy in the woods and he was right about the Governor killing Merle. The problem is, how did Carl know that? When the Governor shot Merle, the two men were alone in a room without anyone else there. The audience knows that the Governor shot Merle, but none of the show’s characters would know this other than the Governor himself. Carl would have absolutely no way of knowing the Governor killed Merle, yet he states it as a known fact.
When the Governor killed his own people after they fled the prison, it was unexpected and shocking, mostly because the series had been building all season towards a final confrontation between Rick and Governor. When the Governor slaughtered his own people, it became clear there would be no final confrontation. A Governor without people to govern is no Governor at all, he’s just a psychopathic jerk with an eye patch.
The episode’s one redeeming thing was the death of Andrea. If there was a true villain in season three, it was Andrea. She tried to play both sides and a lot of people died because if it.
The most absurd thing about the episode was the last scene. Rick and his crew brought Woodbury’s remaining people, the children and the elderly, people who could not serve as soldiers in the Governor’s attacking army, back to the awful prison to live. Why anyone would choose to live in the prison when they could instead live in Woodbury without the Governor is more than a little ridiculous.
Woodbury is a much nicer place than the prison, why didn’t anyone point this out?
The only explanation for this stupid decision was because it’s cheaper to shoot the show in the prison than Woodbury. The prison is a giant set created just for the show. The town of Woodbury is a real town, Senoia, with real people. The production costs are substantially higher to shoot the show in a real town than they are on a fake prison set. That’s why everyone will be living in the prison, because it’s cheaper.
Season four of The Walking Dead begins sometime in October. If it’s anything like season three, I can’t say I’m looking forward to it. In fact, I think I’m done with The Walking Dead. I was done with the comic with issue #100 and I think I’m done with the TV show now too.