Though the Season Four premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’ didn’t feature too much undead carnage, it did show that Rick and his team have finally figured out better ways to survive — and the series is already much better because of it.
Over the course of the first three seasons of The Walking Dead, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group — which is getting bigger and bigger now — have stumbled upon many other people who were surviving the zombie apocalypse in smarter, more efficient, and better ways than they were. But the premiere episode of Season Four proved that they’ve finally started picking up some pointers. It’s about time!
‘Walking Dead’: Finally Headed In The Right Direction
That was my favorite part of the episode. Not the creepy exchange between Rick and the insane Irish woman — who might as well have been a zombie; and not the epic grocery store roof collapse, though I like a good raining-cats-and-walkers scene as much as the next guy.
No — what I loved is how smart Rick and the rest of the gang have become. Finally!
When Rick and Carl bumped into Morgan last season, they saw how good of a job he had done protecting himself — without any help — by setting up a complex network of booby traps. So it was refreshing to see that those strategies had been implemented at the prison.
And say what you wanna say about the Governor, the guy did build a functioning society in the midst of an apocalypse. Our merry band of survivors have taken some notes from him to make their own well-oiled machine. Every member of the group — and there are now a ton of them — has a task; they’re cultivating food, both crops and livestock; and they’re even being smarter about supply runs (though occasionally a shopping center does cave in and minor characters do get brutally eaten).
Rick Needed To Be Demoted
And apologies to Rick, but the smartest thing the group of The Walking Dead has done is remove him from power. I love the guy, but he is majorly unstable and he almost got a lot of people killed last season. Now there seems to be a tribal council, with the most senior members of the group all conferring and voting on important decisions.
Probably a better choice than letting a small-town sheriff who sees dead people run things.
I used to yell at my TV on Sunday nights because these people hadn’t appeared to adapt at all to their terrifying world. They seemed to be willfully and ignorantly making things harder on themselves. But I’m happy to say that I didn’t yell once during the premiere.
Is The Virus Getting Smarter Too?
Though as the group gets smarter, the virus may be adapting and getting smarter as well. Nerdy Patrick’s death in the shower, and the death of the pig (Carl called her Violet) suggests that there’s something nasty going around at the prison. And while it could just be another form of deadly illness, can you imagine how scary life is going to get if they can now contract the virus without even getting bit?
We’ll just have to keeping watch our group — who have finally sprouted brains — to see how they solve this one.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro