Walkers showed me the way – Review: The Walking Dead, Season Four

The Walking Dead is alive and kicking
The Walking Dead is alive and kicking

Apologies for all my daily followers for being missing in action the last couple of days. I’ve been out of town and haven’t had the time to sit down and add anything to the site. I finally do have the time tonight, however, and I’m really excited to get into this one. I’ve been excited about writing this review since I’ve had the material, and now I finally get to share it with everyone. That is, of course, my review for Season Four of The Walking Dead.

I have a confession to make. At the conclusion of Season Three of The Walking Dead, I wasn’t too excited about starting Season Four. Admittedly, I felt like the series was beginning to stagnate somewhat. The Season Three finale left us sort of exactly where the Season Three premiere had started. It seemed as though there wasn’t really anything exciting that could happen. That the story of The Walking Dead was played out. I was sort of fine with that, because what had been released had been really great. Mostly, however, I was disappointed, because when a show I love starts to decline, it is very noticeable and pretty sad.

Thankfully, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Season Four of The Walking Dead is, quite possibly, the best season to date. While the first half of the season seems like it will be more of the same, it morphs into something new and great altogether. I won’t go into any spoilers in this review, but it is quite remarkable how this show was able to find more great stories to tell. And it’s not just the stories that are told, but so much more.

To me, The Walking Dead has always done a tremendous job with character development. This is perhaps one of, if not the best, modern show in its ability to develop characters. Given the” world-is-over” circumstances of the show, most of the characters involved are very fluid. Someone who was a bastion for goodness and morality one season could be a ruthless pragmatist the next. This sort of fluidity of characterizations fits very well with the zombie theme of The Walking Dead, as the characters all have a very real fear of “changing”.

But it isn’t just the character development that helps move this show along. It is also the introduction of new characters. New characters are just as important as the development of older characters, and Season Four of The Walking Dead introduces some good ones.

So it’s obvious then that I have a lot of respect for the human characters that The Walking Dead develops. You might not even know that I am also interested in the zombie presence. Trust me, I am. The zombies make this show. Their constant pressure adds elements of horror to the show that elevate it into its own category. Zombies, or I suppose I should refer to them as “Walkers” give the show a feeling of uneasiness, and that feeling permeates every episode. This is especially true in Season Four. There is a specific reason as to why this uneasiness is highlighted in Season Four, and if you watch the season, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

Honestly, I wish I had something bad to say about this season. As a general rule, I can’t take a review very seriously if all of the comments are positive. But this season was just so damn good. If I did have one criticism, it would be that the layout of the season wasn’t continued for a longer period of time. It is hard to explain this without starting to leak a few spoilers, but I will just say that Season Four is vastly different from what we’ve seen from The Walking Dead in the past.

In the simplest way then, this is just great television. This is not just television for fans of zombie fiction or horror. The nuances of the each and every character gives something for every viewer to enjoy. Season Four is the most frightening season of the show, it is the most interesting, and it is the most varied. For those of you who may have been lulled into a sense of familiarity and boredom with the show, I implore you to watch through the season.

Season Four of The Walking Dead most definitely restored my faith in the series, and I look forward to reviewing Season Five once it is released in its entirety.

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