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The fourth season of everyone's favorite post apocalyptic drama series returned last week to record numbers. Viewed in more than 16 million homes the Dead did not disappoint. The opener carefully and rather quickly answered most questions left from the previous season's closing episode. Time had progressed as did the living situation. Rick & the gang had created there own community. Working together and efficiently with the Woodbury cast offs. However the world was not all peace and harmony.
Challenged outside the now friendly prison fences by the usual pesky flesh eating zombies. The gang now once again was about to collectively come to the realization they are far from safe.
Naturally it took an internal zombie outbreak before anyone determined this. Leaving the viewers a gory action sequence which in all killed about 15. The chaotic bite fest also gave Carol a second chance at motherhood. Carol played by Melissa McBride inadvertently inherits to spoiled & twisted little girls. The oldest girl (maybe 11 or 12 years old) becomes distraught over a walker they named in affection. Although the passing of their father seemed to barely phase the two. Emotions flew over their "pet" walker who they may have been feeding secretly. An awkward scene showing a bright flashlight and a live rat being fed to the determined walkers attacking the fence led the audience to believe evil lurks within. However it may just have been the twisted antics of school girls. Whatever it was the smell of blood presumably is what lead to an influx of the dead nearly condemning the protective exterior fence. Off to a great start in her second go at being a loving mother in the zombie apocalypse Carol hands the deranged young lady a knife for her protection. This will undoubtedly lead to more prepubescent shenanigans. Which will lead to the morality of children, weapons and zombie slaying in future episodes.
Despite those damn crazy kids and walkers breaching the perimeter, the cast is met head on with yet another seemingly impending doom. An influenza of sorts has made it's way through D block. A quick moving virus filling the livings lungs full of blood causing death within hours. This was the direct source of the internal zombie attack. The council (comprised mainly of the original group & Sasha) have begun to realize that the influenza is not only deadly it's highly contagious. Quarantining suspected sick members of the group was the first measure of precaution. Tyreese's new love interest was one of the two immediate people to show symptoms. Shorty after her isolation Tyreese (played by Chad Coleman) set out to visit is new flame. Only to find her and the other ill patient burned to a crisp. Presumably by one within.
Episode two left us the adoring fans once again hanging off the cliff of anticipation. A brilliantly written and directed edition. The Walking Dead have become the top rated show on television. More homes tuned into the opener than the final episode of Breaking Bad. This latest episode is in large part an example as to why.
Below are the two sneak peek clips floating around the net. Just in case you're craving the taste.