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"The Walking Dead" Season Two Preview Is Mostly Meh

By Rob Payne | Videos | July 19, 2011 |

By Rob Payne | Videos | July 19, 2011 |

If you watched through to the end of the credits of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” season premiere this Sunday, then you probably already saw the below clip from the new season of “The Walking Dead.” Entertainment Weekly (who also provided the header pic, complete with SDCC booth info for your convenience) is reporting that it’s the “first scene” of the season, while other sites are simply calling it a preview for season two. Honestly, it plays like it could be a scene from any point after Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes awakes in that hospital bed. It’s just that vague. If you haven’t seen it, watch (spoiler/NSFW alert: there be zombie guts) here:

I don’t know, maybe I’m just jaded by seeing enough zombie movies to easily pass all of the Facebook zombie survival quizzes, but this video does nothing for me other than having an excuse to talk about the show. (Which, is absolutely what AMC wants, so good for them.) I’ve seen my fair share of zombie brain bashing, and bashed zombie brains, and this was nothing special. I’m more interested in why the Mary-Sue-To-Whom-Bad-Things-Happen Rick Grimes, is alone in the woods after previously being seen with a caravan of survivors, including his wife, son, and (ahem) best friend. This dude knows better than anybody what being alone in an apocalypse of the zombie variety is like, so it simply strikes me as another example of the show’s characters doing things that make no sense, like three episodes fundamentally affected by the narrative dead end of, the woefully misused Michael Rooker’s, Merl. I will definitely give credit for rock usage over a gun, though, and Lincoln continues to bring it with his unsettled performance, so maybe this clip is a sign of good things to come like everyone else seems to be saying. We shall see, but I’m still skeptical.

Rob Payne also writes the independent comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the internet radio show We’re Not Fanboys, and his brain can be devoured on the Twitter @RobOfWar. He does like The Walking Dead comics quite a bit and plans on re-watching season one again before October; he does not hate it, he just doesn’t see what all the fuss is about.

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