The Walking Dead – Season 2 – Episode 1 Recap: Yep, Spoilers.

Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 8:30 am

The premiere of season 2 of The Walking Dead, AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse series, dropped a few hours ago (I’m writing this hours before you’ll see it) and I’m pretty damned impressed with the first episode.

Read on after the jump for a brief recap of season 2, episode 1.

The season opens up with Rick talking on the radio, apologizing to Morgan for not being there. He says they’re going to Fort Benning and the survivors start preparing for their trip.

Shane looks wicked butt hurt about the fact that he doesn’t get to tap Lori anymore but he seems to be cooperating, as the season starts up. He’s teaching Andrea a little about guns when the group comes across a major pileup on the interstate, which Daryl attempts to lead them through, before the radiator in the RV goes bust, leaving them stranded on the highway.

And there’s the first few minutes of the season.

Something struck me as odd, in that many of the cars have bodies in them but those bodies aren’t getting out and trying to eat people. I can only assume they all died from exposure and dehydration, before the zombies got to them.

OF COURSE NOT! This is a zombie show, not a dead people in cars show!

It’s like the Thanksgiving day zombie parade on the highway as jillions (yes, JILLIONS) of zombies show up on some sort of undead migration and, of course shenanigans ensue. The survivors are a bit smarter this time, though, and don’t go off all half cocked, firing off shots and making tons of noise. Looks like they learned a little something from our survival guide!

The tension builds quite nicely and, of course, things go wrong when Sophia gets lost. The other survivors set out to find her and that leads to a whole mess of freakiness and nail-biting. Do they find Sophia? Does anyone die? Well, you’re going to have to watch the show and find out what happens. I will say that the creators of this show have an amazing talent for making you get fidgety and nervous. They’re really good at working things up and getting the drama flowing. It’s a good thing these episodes are only an hour (or so) long. Much longer and I’d end up having a stroke.

Also, zombie autopsy…Hotness.

Daryl plays a major role in this episode and it turns out, he’s not such a prick when he wants to be decent. Shane’s a different story, though. As the episode goes on, it’s like they couldn’t decide if he was going to be a jerk or not so they passed the script around the room and turned him into Sybil.

And again with the tension. I repeatedly thought to myself “oh, man, this ain’t good!” during this episode. One of the things I really like about the tension, though, is that they don’t use it as a setup for making you jump with cheap fright moments. They just let it build and simmer and cook in its juices until it’s a nice, succulent hunk of “OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG” and then they let you take a little bite…just enough to give you a taste of the experience.

PROTIP : Do NOT walk up on a buck. It’s a bad situation.

Of course this episode leaves us with a major cliffhanger, which you’ll have to experience yourself, and the scenes from upcoming episodes really make me wish I was able to just watch the whole season now. I hate waiting.

Make sure you check out The Walking Dead, on AMC. Season 1 is also available on Netflix, in case you’re one of the few who hasn’t canceled their account.

Check back in next week for episode 2. I’m sure none of us will be disappointed.

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  • rick

    i thought it was terrible. other than the first 15 minutes, the rest of the show sucked

    • While I respect your opinion, I disagree.  Remember that this is the first episode of a new season.  The last season climaxed and left us on a plateau.  We’re in a whole new situation now and they have to build the new season’s story.

      I think I have an advantage over some in that I never read the graphic novels so I have no expectations.  I’m viewing it as a stand-alone experience.  In that, the whole thing has been fresh and new to me.  I know nothing about the characters and nothing about the story, past, present or future.

      I’m looking forward to seeing how the story continues to build and I’m excited to see what happens with the cliffhanger we were left with.  I’m also hopeful that this season, despite its issues in production, will leave me as satisfied as the last.

  • wdfan

    When will season 2 come out on netflix??

    • Not until the season is over.