A review by C J Dee
Director: Ernest R Dickerson
Writer: Glen Mazzara
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson, Lauren Cohan, Emily Kinney
Running time: 43 minutes
Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5
[Spoilers, Sweetie — review contains a synopsis of episode]
‘Seed’ begins with Daryl (Reedus), Rick (Lincoln), Carl (Riggs), and T-Dog (Singleton) in a house. They clear it of zombies and the rest of the group enters. Obviously a considerable amount of time has passed as Lori (Callies) is now very pregnant.
Walkers descend on the house the group had cleared and they are forced to flee. We discover the group has spent the winter scavenging houses they found on planned routes. While stopped to check the next route and hunt for food, Daryl and Rick happen across a prison. Rick decides it will be the perfect place for the group to make a home for themselves.
Andrea is shown to be very sick but has survived the winter with the aid of her still unnamed saviour from the season two finale.
The group works together to clear the entrance to the prison yard — a field full of zombies. They manage to clear the prison yard and one of the cell blocks. They set up in the cleared cell block.
It becomes obvious that tensions are high between Rick and Lori, but it is not yet clear if this is a result of Shane’s death or something else that is yet to be revealed. Lori voices her fears to Hershel (Wilson) about the baby, as well as Carl and Rick hating her.
Glenn (Yeun), Maggie (Cohan), Rick, Daryl, and Hershel go further into the prison to search for the infirmary and cafeteria. In the process, Hershel is bitten in the calf by a zombie. They bring Hershel to the cafeteria where Rick cuts off the lower half of his leg in an attempt to save him.
The episode ends with the group discovering they are not the only survivors in the cafeteria.
A fantastic start to what I hope will be a much more consistent season of The Walking Dead. I was concerned that finding a place to hole up so quickly into the third season would bring about the same stagnation that afflicted season two. However, the first episode has so far been filled with drama, action, amputation and new characters whose motives and allegiances are yet to be known. All in all, there isn’t much else they could have crammed in without making the season opener feel too full.
I’m eagerly waiting to find out what Lori has done over the winter to alienate both her son and husband. I need to know if T-Dog is ever going to have his moment to shine or if he’s just going to be the ‘token black guy’ for the remainder of the series. And what is the deal with Carol and Daryl’s little flirtations?
Hopefully the answers to all of my questions and more will be revealed as I delve deeper into The Walking Dead and, to be honest with you, dear reader — I can’t wait.
“How many women died in childbirth before modern medicine? If I come back, what if I attack it? Or you? Or Rick? Or Carl? If I do, if there is any chance, you put me down immediately.”