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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.
This season seems prepared to delve deeper into that question: What happens when good people do very bad things?
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.
After a seemingly interminable (or in-Terminus-able) wait, the fifth season of the epic zombie series kicked things off in brutal fashion.
And despite the outright predictability of the season five premiere's broad strokes, it's the details of "No Sanctuary" that make it the most promising season premiere since the pilot.
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.
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.)
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).