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The introduction of new characters and a face-off (or eye-off) between The Governor and Michonne make "Made to Suffer" a gripping episode as season three enters its mid-season break.
Last night's episode dropped the dominoes quite effectively and demonstrated again how this show has so summarily closed the gap between its production value and its story value.
I have to tell you: This may have been my favorite scene since the pilot. For once, the world felt bigger! And, more important, it was filled with people who weren't the people we already knew!
As someone who's been fairly hard on The Walking Dead's second season, I have to commend the show's creative team for the first half of the third season, which is easily the strongest run in the history of the show.
It was the best of Dead, it was the worst of Dead: A midseason finale which left me feeling a bit grumpy, but which also had me on the edge of my seat, yelling at my TV set.
"Made To Suffer" wasn't the strongest hour of the fall, but it got the job done and it kept things moving. Right now, that's the only way to stay alive.
The Walking Dead's finally figured out how to give weight to every event and action that takes place.
The show's tendency to kill off one black male in order to bring a new one into the cast has gone beyond slightly amusing and headed straight toward offensive.
Not only do we have lots of new characters to interact with, but the action sequences within the town were some of the best scenes the show has ever done.
Ending the first half of its third season on a high note worthy of just how good it's been thus far, The Walking Dead is really starting to understand the dramatic benefits that come with letting an apocalypse scenario run for the long-term.
Sunday's was a strong episode overall, even if the addition of new characters was a bit much to pack into the hour and might have detracted somewhat from the more interesting rescue operation.
Walkers are a menace, but people are the real danger to each other now. And that's why I'll be pleased to welcome The Walking Dead back in February.
The Walking Dead has turned into a show that is perhaps less grounded and "realistic" -- in the midst of its genre scenario -- than it once felt, but this is easily the most entertaining and exciting that it's been for a prolonged period.