Created by: Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies,Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs
Synopsis: After successfully escaping from Atlanta, the other survivors lead Rick to the camp they had established outside the city. Much to the surprise of many, there he is reunited with his wife and child, Not everyone is quite so happy about this though…
For me, this is the point where the series and the graphic novel are really starting to coalesce. With this episode, the “team” is finally together. Some faces may be yet to arrive, and as discussed in reviews of previous episodes, there are indeed a few newer faces as well. But the core of group of the story (well, prior to subsequent deaths) are all present and correct.
In addition, now that Rick has been reunited with Lori and Carl, the series now can investigate other areas of the human endeavour that the book covered so well, and in some cases these plotlines have been developed in quite effective ways. Two such storylines for me did add a fascinating new element. The implication that Shane deceived Lori into intimacy is more clearly defined for one. This perhaps successfully explains Lori’s infidelity more adequately than the graphic novel. The other change is the presence of Carol’s husband Ed, which serves to illustrate her character more, and perhaps help explain some of her later actions (which I will not get into here and risk spoilers).
Otherwise, as in previous episodes, the drama is successfully developed over the course of the episode. The episode does feel more safe given that it is largely outside of a predominantly infected area, however the ever-present threat is not allowed to be forgotten, and the impetus to return to Atlanta is clearly defined, with two distinct mission parameters in mind.
It is still not quite as good as the comics, but the series is starting to grow on me, and prove at the very least to be a worthy counterpoint.
3.5 stars out of 5