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In The Walking Dead's season five premiere, "No Sanctuary" delivered an action-packed resolution to last season's cliffhanger while deepening our understanding of Rick and Carol.
Consider "No Sanctuary" a fine way to kick things off, with a hint of some major storylines to come.
Hit that perfect sweet spot of gore, despair, violence and, against all odds, it stuck the landing on a moment of emotional triumph.
Carol is a butcher and now the show's most fascinating-and formidable-character.
While last season's "Indifference" and "The Grove" elevated Carol's character, "No Sanctuary" made her even more fan-accessible by using her no-nonsense approach to the zompocalypse as a way to shift her into full warrior mode.
This season seems prepared to delve deeper into that question: What happens when good people do very bad things?
As the zombie apocalypse brings out worse and worse levels of human depravity, Rick has evolved into a very different character with each passing season, and thanks to Lincoln, season five's iteration might be the most cheer-worthy yet.
By turning the fifth season premiere into wall-to-wall action, Scott Gimple effectively fool-proofed "No Sanctuary."
You win, Walking Dead! You're back in my good graces. (Until the inevitable slowdown, that is. We have a rocky relationship, show.)
To a certain degree, the decision to burn through this plot this fast makes sense. It kicks off the season with a bang, and there's no sense of stalling to fill time.
It ignored most of the cast, it was merciless and unflinching in presenting the new world order -- and hardly anyone speechified much (except for the mundanely eeevil psychopath who messed with Tyreese's head).