Cast & Crew
Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas
The ongoing disappearance of Sophia, coupled with the confinement of a TV series designed as a cinematic spectacle to the same few locations, are examples of how cost-cutting measures can alter the scope in the show's formative years.
You gotta admit: The stage is set for a hell of a midseason finale next week.
This week's opening functioned like an adrenaline shot to my weary heart. At the sight of all those undead relatives in the barn, I, too, briefly, came to life.
I'm beginning to wonder if Darabont's exit might not turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
The scene that packed the most emotional punch was Maggie and Glenn's stroll in the fields shortly after a walker nearly turned her into a pharmacy snack.
The Walking Dead can be fixed. It has a credible, basically coherent world, and that's half the battle with a genre series. I'm not sure optimism is called for here, but I'm going to be optimistic anyway, because I want this to work.
Things are static in an action sense, but the show's admirably nuanced characters are changing and reacting to the world in surprising and complicated ways.
We thought this was a good-to-excellent episode, with some much-needed emotional payoffs and some small plot and character developments that felt like something new was being added to the story.
There was actually quite a bit of strong character drama, which ultimately made this a satisfying episode.
'Secrets' is an important arc episode. Plot threads that have been dangling since early in the first season - Shane and Lori's affair - are brought out into the open, as are more recent revelations like Lori's pregnancy and the barn full of walkers.