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"30 Days Without an Accident" uses its deliberate pace to dramatically build tension while advancing character psychology.
This isn't a zombie story anymore. This isn't even a post-apocalyptic story.
All in all "30 Days Without An Accident" makes for an effective premiere with plenty of strong action and character beats to prime us for the season to come, though lacking a bit in any real surprises.
The episode was half character-driven drama and half B-movie frightfest, and to that I say, Hallelujah! If "30 Days Without an Accident" is the blueprint for The Walking Dead moving forward, we're in good shape.
This was not quite the action-packed beginning I was hoping for. Still, a decent first effort under Scott M. Gimple's new reign.
The audience doesn't know much more about what or why this [illness] killed [Patrick], for that matter, and that's nice for a change.
"30 Days Without an Accident" did a convincing job of making the prison at this stage feel like a good place to be, and of establishing a very different mood for the group (including smiles and banter).
This episode showcased the show's strengths - suspense, humor, humanity, and, of course, a good old-fashioned undead splatterfest.
The episode's underlying questions and thematic concerns, along with quieter rhythms, subtle imagery, and narrative crescendo, are not only a welcome change, but potentially also a preview of a better future for The Walking Dead.
Our first glimpse of this new reality is one of the series' best opening scenes yet.
There were zombies, there was psychology...and yes, there were a few eviscerations. After all, this is The Walking Dead.
Carol... continues to surprise me with her development from a meek wife to a strong leader.
I'm not interested in [the recurring characters], I'm interested in what happens to them, and that's a shaky foundation to build a show on. Still, though: Michonne smiles. That's something, at least.