It’s taken me a few days to really gather my thoughts on “Coda”. I genuinely enjoy The Walking Dead, and I’m usually able to see past its many, many flaws, but this episode didn’t sit well with me and still doesn’t after some deliberation. While there are a few decent moments interspersed throughout the episode, “Coda” mainly serves to render pointless most of the season so far with the cheap, senseless death of one of the more promising characters on the show.
The Walking Dead broke its string of character driven episodes to prepare for next week’s action-packed mid-season finale. The various groups of people don’t all benefit from the shifting focus, but “Crossed” does a decent job of setting up the confrontation of next week.
The Walking Dead focuses back in on Daryl and Carol this week, with their quest to find Beth taking them to Atlanta. There, they try to reconnect after being apart for so long, resulting in a nice, slowly paced character study. There’s nothing too crazy about “Consumed”, but after three episodes away, it’s nice to catch up with two of the most interesting characters on the show.
This week, The Walking Dead takes a break from the Beth-Carol-Daryl crisis to check in on Glenn, Maggie, Abraham, and the rest of the Washington DC-bound group. As multiple setbacks delay their progress on the road, Abraham begins to get caught up in his desire to complete his mission, which leads to a major revelation from Eugene.
The Walking Dead finally addresses Beth’s disappearance and current whereabouts in this week’s episode. While the creepy hospital featured in “Slabtown” lacks the raw terror of, say, a roving band of cannibals, it does provide a decent arena for Beth to show off her survival skills.
Let it never be said that Rick Grimes isn’t a man of his word. After a horrifying conclusion to last week’s episode, the nightmare continues as Rick’s group is hunted by Gareth and the other cannibals.
The Walking Dead‘s second episode of the season takes a breather after it’s action packed premiere and allows Rick’s group to catch up and find temporary shelter. Of course, being The Walking Dead, danger lurks just around the corner, kickstarting an infamous comic book storyline.
The Walking Dead kicks off its fifth season with the most action packed premiere episode to date. At times deeply disturbing and always intense, “No Sanctuary” is nevertheless a triumph for Rick’s group (especially Carol).
San Diego Comic Con’s second day of programming is at least twice as crazy as their first. There are so many scheduled panels, especially for television, I couldn’t even begin to list all of the ones I’m interested in. But I’m going to try.