The Walking Dead took a fairly sizable risk with its Season 4 mid-season premiere, as audiences may have expected to see something more explosive in the opener. Traditionally, the series has saved the truly seismic events for the finales, but it wouldn't have been surprising if they'd delivered an entry that featured at least one aftershock of sorts (meaning a big, zombie-filled, action sequence) in the aftermath of "Too Far Gone".

Instead, writer Robert Kirkman and director Greg Nicotero served up a quiet episode with a focus on only three of the series' central characters; one of whom, Carl, is divisive in the fanbase. A Carl-centric episode is a gamble. An episode focused in large part on Carl with only small-in-numbers walker attacks on tap, and absolutely no machine guns or tanks in sight, is downright ballsy.  Read More...


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