The Walking Dead “After” Review

By Samantha Taft

They’re back and thank goodness they are. Many fans have been waiting anxiously for The Walking Dead to return after the suspenseful mid-season finale back in the beginning of December. The ultimate question is who managed to survive the attack on the prison? Unfortunately many of characters remained a question mark in the mid-season premier. The only three characters that are confirmed to be alive are Carl, Rick, and Michonne.

    Despite the fact that a large portion of the cast was missing, the premier still managed to captivate as it gave the viewers a chance to gain an understanding of Carl and Michonne. After this week’s premier, it became quite evident that Carl is growing up faster than ever and he finally demands the respect from his father he’s been dying to achieve for four seasons. Viewers also finally got to see a glimpse into Michonne’s heavily guarded past to see what the apocalyptic-heroine  has been struggling with. It was also finally revealed who the walkers she first appeared with nearly two years ago were and why it was difficult for her to part with them.

    So now that Carl is on better terms with Rick than he’s been for a while and the father-son duo have reunited with Michonne, viewers are left wondering what happened to the rest of the group. Is Glenn going to survive as he wasn’t doing well before the attack? Will Maggie find her way back to him if she’s even alive? What about Darryl, the kids, or even Carol? These are all questions that will hopefully be answered within the next episode or two. Unfortunately viewers know all too well that even if all is well, it likely won’t stay like that for long.

Overall, the highly anticipated second half of this season seems to be off to a promising start for having only three of the protagonists present. The rest of the season promises to have just as many (if not more) plot twists as past seasons. The characters are more than guaranteed to continue developing as the apocalypse is taking more and more of an evident toll on them. As long as the rest of the season remains as suspenseful as this first episode was, viewers had better get used to sitting on the edge of their seats.

Verdict: Great

The highly anticipated second half of this season seems to be off to a promising start for having only three of the protagonists present.

Positives: Great performers and very well done episode with so few characters

Negatives: Would like to see where everyone else it