Ariana St. Pierre – Arts Editor
Season four of the hit cult-zombie show, “The Walking Dead,” aired on Oc- tober 13 on AMC. The premier episode, entitled “30 Days Without an Accident” shows how Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his prison group have been coping since the onslaught from the Governor and the fall of Woodbury in season three.
The prison has now become a fully functioning society, complete with farm animals, agriculture, and children’s reading groups. Fans are introduced to some new additions: Tyrese (Chad Coleman), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), and Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gillard), who proves he is already going to be a problem for the group, and of course the return of the old favorites. It appears that there is a new
hope for the prison group but as the title of the episode implies, it is all going well until it goes very wrong.
The episode sends Rick off on a journey with a strange and insane woman, whom he comes across in the woods. This mystery woman clearly depicts the depleting mental state of some of the less fortunate survivors.
The concept of the mystery woman is rather frustrating. She is clearly not stable from the moment Rick stumbles across her and yet he ventures off with her only to have a violent conclusion. However, Lincoln portrayed the scene with conviction, which was a nice change from his tendency to over-act dramatic scenes.
“30 Days Without an Accident” brought the gore back, but the premier ran a little dry and sluggish. There seemed to be a lack of dialogue between characters and the scenes seemed a little forced. It is in the final minutes of the episode that will set off a chain of gruesome events that will most likely dominate the early part of season four.
There is a lot of potential for the season. The prison is now a bustling society and the “walker” effects are as gory and grand as ever but the pace needs to pick up and the plot needs to be more focused.
“The Walking Dead” has yet to be dis- appointing. It would be a shame if season four were to falter. “The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m.