Wednesday, February 11, 2015

THE WALKING DEAD COMES BACK WITH A BITE! - CRAIG SHELTON - 2/11/15

 
 
THE WALKING DEAD COMES BACK WITH A BITE!
Written by: Craig Shelton
Date posted: 2/11/2015
 
A sinking feeling. That best describes the emotions many were left with after watching the return of "The Walking Dead" this past Sunday night on AMC for its  Season 5 mid-season premiere.
 
Complexities in character development has proven to be a loyal and valuable donor to the writers in "The Walking Dead" series. The proof was on display during and after the show on social media Sunday in the variety of spirited and emotional reactions to the death of "Tyrese" played by actor Chad L. Coleman.
 
"Tyrese" (Chad L. Coleman)
 
Tyrese was bitten by a juvenile biter while doing what his character became so annoyingly famous for doing in getting too emotionally wrapped up in a situation and being protective of a group member (if not a total stranger).
 
The group returned to new group member Noah's community after the death of "Beth" (actress Emily Kinney) at the cops' hospital sanctuary during the group's attempted rescue of Beth.
"Beth" (Emily Kinney)
 
"Rick" (Andrew Lincoln) was determined to honor Beth's wish in death to help Noah's character  played by "Everybody Hates Chris" star Tyler James Williams return to his home.  Rick and the group did so, only to find Noah's entire family and community slaughtered. 
 
When Noah began to react frantically running house-to-house throughout the breached community, Tyrese followed Noah and eventually led Noah inside the home where Noah once lived with his family. 
 
Inside Noah's home, Noah discovered his mother slaughtered on the floor with her head bashed in.  She had not been bitten by biters, but apparently attacked by whomever had breached the community's walls.
 
Tyrese began searching the house for biters after consoling Noah, and entered a room to investigate when he was bitten by a really creepy looking juvenile biter. 
 
From there, one of the most awesome near death hallucinatory scenes I've ever witnessed took place. Tyrese began having  hallucinations where he began seeing dead members of his group: Beth, Bob, Hershel, Lizzie, Mika, and the group's defeated nemesis,  The Governor. 
 
For many viewers, this episode was too much-too-soon-too-close in terms of deaths of major characters. Not me. Tyrese was annoying and the Beth character was too freaking HOT not to have been involved romantically with Daryl while running through the woods and shacking up briefly together sharing intimate thoughts over a drink. 
 
WHAT DO THE NUMBERS TELL US?
 
Reportedly  15.6 million viewers tuned into the mid-season premiere of "The Walking Dead." Those numbers represent a slight fall from the awesome November season premiere. Even with the slight drop accounted for, the episode was the most pirated in the show's  history and continues to be the most popular show on cable TV in a route. 
 
Craig Shelton
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