"We need more guts," Rick Grimes told his fellow survivors tonight, and after all the grime and nastiness of the episode, I think there were some viewers at home telling themselves the same thing. Minute for minute, tonight's episode didn't have an incredible amount of gore, but there was one scene of the episode - and we all know what scene that is - that really pushed the envelope for how much blood can be shown on TV. One of the shots made me, like Glenn, really want to hurl. For the first time ever, I was really, really thankful that television doesn't utilize smell. That would have just been devastating.
But the merits of this episode should not be based on the ick factor; it, like the comic, really focused on the characters. Like Morgan and Duane last week, Rick got to interact with a whole new cast of characters. And, interestingly, many of these new acquaintances were new to even readers of the comic book as well. In fact, aside from a few, like Glenn, these characters were all completely new or drastically altered. I'll get into a more in-depth comic comparison later this week for those of you who have traced the steps of Rick's illustrated alter ego.
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