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Season three of The Walking Dead responds to its audience's call to action with "Seed," an action-packed premiere.
A certain amount of blood-pumping savagery is just what The Walking Dead needed to bring itself back to life.
So tight and lean, so spare and economical in everything but gore, that we don't think we've ever seen an episode that so clearly looked the audience directly in the eyes and said "We know what we're doing here."
We couldn't be happier to have The Walking Dead back, and in such fine condition too.
It may be too soon to say that "Seed" is the episode Walking Dead fans have been waiting for since the pilot, but it certainly offered plenty of visceral excitement and intrigue to back that notion up.
Okay. That was badass.
"Seed" didn't betray the established tone or style -- this is still the gritty, quiet, mournful, cinematic series we've come to know over 19 episodes -- but it ramped up the action to a level beyond even last season's eventful finale.
"Seed" is a terrific episode, continuing the show's pattern of excellent premiere episodes.
The developments in "Seed" are strong enough, that there's reason to hope. So long as everything keeps going terribly, we should be in for some fun.
None of the familiar faces are anywhere near as lethal as the first of the new characters introduced in the ultra-violent premiere of Walking Dead's third season.
This season already feels so much better, because there are so many zombies and so much goop and gore and disgusting zombie-goo. Bring it the frak on, Glen Mazzara. I believe in you.
What impressed me the most about this episode is that it's clear that Glenn Mazzara and his writing staff have been paying attention to their audience.
The Walking Dead's season-three premiere suggests that the program's showrunner, Glen Mazzara, and writing team have listened to everyone's gripes about season two's frequent and labored pontificating.