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  • The Walking Dead has managed to work fresh morsels into television's grimmest stew. [22 Oct 2012, p.41] Show More

  • The Walking Dead clearly appears bigger than any of its expendable parts, and unlike those zombies, has a whole lot of life left in it. Show More

  • I was encouraged that the character-driven third episode was stronger than the zombie action-heavy second, and perhaps the producers will be proven right--that the longer this saga goes on past these initial six episodes, the more it will set itself apart from the zombie canon. Show More

  • All that commotion sets the season on a compelling path, hitting the road with a purpose. This is when Dead is at its best: journeying through postapocalyptic, fun-house-mirror America. Show More

  • Tactical wins, taut storytelling and zombies munching tasty, tasty braaaaains: All that plus the addition of Michonne and David Morrissey as the Governor in upcoming episodes make me pretty damned happy that The Walking Dead is back. Show More

  • Dead's latest new showrunner, Scott Gimple, carefully attends to the vast supporting cast, but the premiere doesn't skimp on the splatter or tragedy. Show More

  • The Walking Dead never feels as if it's just creating new obstacles to make these characters squirm. Indeed, what makes the series so consistently fascinating beyond its horrific thrills is a sense of rebuilding life down to the little details, which brings us to the latter song in "Infected." Show More

  • It's a great, gory and surprisingly emotional ride. Show More

  • It still reigns supreme in the gore department, with skin and ribcages falling off with gusto in the opening minutes alone, but it’s just not enough to counterbalance the circuitous nature of the show the longer it continues. Show More

  • The Walking Dead, the flat-out scariest, best, most unusual show to ever hit the small screen, is back, and I'm loving every sickening minute of it. Show More

  • By casting Rick's protagonist status into question, showrunner Scott Gimple has opened The Walking Dead to new possibilities--both in its narrative and philosophical foundations--and is successfully crafting a rare series of rising caliber and still-widening potential deep into its run. Show More

  • Brutal and intense, the season opener is an powerful blend of darkness and a few threads of light, as Rick again takes on the role of doing whatever it takes to protect those he cares for. Show More

  • A complicated, and occasionally whimsical, series of tactics lend the 90-minute premiere the wide-open, yet tensely meticulous feel of a good heist film. Show More

  • If Kirkman, writer/show runner Glen Mazzara ("The Shield") and the rest of the team continue doing what they're doing--and following the template Darabont created--The Walking Dead can have a bloody long life. Show More

  • On the whole, I'd say The Walking Dead worth a look, no matter what your genre preferences, but horror aficionados are more likely to enjoy this intense, blood-spattered tale, which, like all AMC dramas, is about as aesthetically well-crafted as a TV show can be. Show More

  • Right off the bat, this new season strongly hints that the series will continue to ruminate on primal sensations of fear and survival, but that it will be more content to allow action, as opposed to a plethora of argumentative moral debates, to speak to such existential matters. Show More

  • You'll be happy to know that at least as far as the first two episodes go (90 -minute season premiere this Sunday night), the show is better than ever--which would have seemed impossible. Show More

  • The bottom line is, if you liked the what the show was dishing out in its first season--genre storytelling made with admirable restraint and economy, except for those jump-out-of-your-seat scary/gross moments--you're likely to enjoy what you see in season 2. Show More

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