Grab your pitchforks and clear your schedules. “The Walking Dead” is back.
Season four of the hit AMC show premiered Sunday night after much anticipation. Ending last season with high praise, “The Walking Dead” team has lofty expectations to live up to this season.
The season premiere was filled with all the guts, gore and emotion fans have come to love and expect.
The time that has elapsed between seasons three and four is significant, but not too lengthy, leaving viewers feeling fresh without feeling left behind. The camp has grown exponentially and life within the confines of the prison fortress has begun to feel routine.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln), recovering from traumatizing events from last season, is still trying to find his way back to emotional stability; a complementary factor that adds balance to the brutal, bloodthirsty violence of killing zombies.
Now in its fourth season, “The Walking Dead” creators appear comfortable to let the emotional factor drive the show’s progression without relying heavily on action and gore that naturally comes along with smashing zombie skulls, however there are still plenty of creative zombie killings to satiate the biggest of appetites.
The writing is once again exciting, evoking tension and anxiety in the most subtle of situations, giving a gritty and convincing representation of the fear that might accompany the life of a zombie apocalypse survivor.
Now having food, water and routine, the quality of life at the camp appears to be increasing. Can life inside their fortified world finally begin to shows signs of normality? Or will Rick and the gang have an unexpected new threat?
Stay tuned Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC to see how this season unfolds.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars