Walking Dead: Season 4
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There’s something about post-apocalyptic fiction that grabbed the attention of the audience. It is often created by taking some factors within our current society expanding into extremes that result in the other collapses of civilization. While not conducive to the typical Hollywood happy ending, television networks have traditionally eschewed this theme as a basis for a retreat drama. That is until cable television entered into the fray. In a creative environment not under the jurisdiction of the FCC darker, more mature themes are made possible. The basic cable network, AMC, was able to create a series that took a staple of horror fiction and turned it into an incredibly deep exploration of humanity. ‘The Walking Dead’, has taken one of the most popular archetypes in horror, zombies, reinventing it, transforming it into the one of the best dramas on television and well deserving of the awards and praise it has garnered. Ever since the late 60s when harbormaster George Romero uses zombie apocalypse as the basis for social commentary, the lumbering undead living off the living has become one of the most popular themes in horror. Now, for solid seasons behind in the fifth about to commence, ‘The Walking Dead’, continues with its quality intact and the character development exemplary.

Over three years now, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), has been charged with the nearly overwhelming responsibility of keeping the ragtag survivors together and alive as they face a world inundated with Walkers, their term the animated corpses with an overwhelming hunger the living flesh. Over this time there has been a core of individuals that have become a tightknit family unit. Of the faces come and go as death overcome some and newcomer straggle in the by the fourth season the current group has managed to achieve a status quo of sorts. Couple seasons that they took over a maximum security prison, turning it into their sanctuary. The very nature of the facility proved that measures intended to keep inmates in could also keep the Walkers at bay.

At the end of the previous season, the prison community barely survived annihilation at the hands of a rival settlement under the sway of a charismatic, almost cult like leader. Rick, having lost his wife, childbirth, now has an infant to care for in addition to his son, Carl (Chandler Riggs). The boy is approaching puberty and after having to kill his own mother to keep her from turning has become increasingly callous, in large part a necessity to survive this unforgiving world. There is a bit of a twist from the traditional zombie prototype. The infection that reanimates the dead is airborne, permeating the very environment. Every man, woman and child is infected. The virus lies dormant until the host dies, by any means. Even a natural death triggered the infection to reanimate the victim as a zombie. As the fourth season begins this been on zombie proliferation becomes crucial to the continuation of the story.

An influenza outbreak hits within the walls. At first, one of the groups it comes to the flu dying in his cell, only to be resurrected as a bloodthirsty Walker. Soon, influenza spreads in the survivors of faced with something they’ve never previously had been ripped; a fifth column of zombies locked in with them. They daily managed to deal with the threat been an overwhelming number of zombies are pressing against the outer fence threatening to collapse it. One of the more arduous chores assigned the members of the group was patrolling the chain-link fence with sharp polls, driving them through the heads of the zombies of the press against the fence. That test begins to grate on some who can justify within themselves, killing a Walker been attacked, but not just walking up to one and impelling their face. Once again they managed to get by. Part of the brilliance of the writing is that no matter how complacent things may seem, at least for a brief time, you dangers are always ready to strike. This becomes painfully obvious to Rick while out on a patrol comes across it one young woman so dirty. She looks like the undead. She claims that she and her husband are starving because they join their group. Cautiously, Rick insists on crushing them both before allowing that. When the woman brings Rick back to her husband, he is a zombie held in place by a tether. Unable to part with her husband, the woman has been Ray laying passersby and feeding them to her ravenous husband.

The Governor (David Morrissey), the vanquished leader of the rival group of survivors makes a comeback more intense than ever on destroying the settlement in the prison and Rick personally. They must be remembered that the basis for this story is from a very successful graphic novel, ensure that format, especially popular characters, particularly villains are frequently able to avoid certain death and pick up where they left off. Rick, who had taken off his gun, relinquishes position as the leader of the survivors is forced to reconsider his action. The group has been governed by a senior counsel composed of some of the more dominant personalities, including Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), is the ad hoc maternal influence for the number of young children were under the protection of the group. A major part of what keeps this series fresh is the almost McGuffin, like quality of zombies. Sure, the zombies drive the story from both the character and audience perspective that the core of the series is a far stronger theme that post-apocalyptic survival; placing reasonable people be completely unreasonable circumstances. Someone who had been quite happy as a homemaker now find themselves having to learn to shoot, slice and decapitate advancing Walkers capitalize Walkers.

And Moses zombie’s stories that fine in a typical follow film the survivors of shown overcoming the initial onslaught of the lumbering dead. Over the four years that this series has been around it is had an opportunity to show the long haul, the effect of having to live in this type of environment, day after day, year after year. There is absolutely no sense of salvation is on the horizon. The world is now a brutal place where a person can slip and fall cracking their heads only to die in return within minutes as a zombie. This is truly an ensemble cast that it’s best, constantly be bigger changes in the lineup. The show runners take advantage of such a format in a far more serious fashion the most similar shows; basically no one is safe from a tragic and gruesome death. Even the main point of view character, Rick, can be considered as expendable. The group, the vestige of humanity, will find a way to go on, even if their leader falls. While not explicitly stated, the audience knows for certain that any character can be killed off. Bringing this point home in it blood chilling way is the demise of several principal characters. There was plenty of precedence for this and it adds to a sense of realism that a character you are used to seeing week after week is tragically gone. From the actor’s perspective, this is the type of series that get them noticed in the industry. Having your character swept off the playing board is unlikely to double seriously affect their careers. In fact, a featured role on the series like this frequently makes careers. One thing is for certain, the show was nowhere near a tipping point. It remains as fresh and exciting as been at first premiered.

Featurettes:
Inside "The Walking Dead"
The Making of "The Walking Dead"
Drawing Inspiration
Hershel
The Governor is Back
Society, Science & Survival
Inside KNB EFX
A Journey Back To Brutality
Audio Commentaries on Episodes 1, 5, 9, 12 & 14
Extended Episodes on Episodes 9, 14 & 16
Deleted Scenes

Posted 08/31/2014

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