The Walking Dead is coming back for a second season on October 16, and I can’t wait. I’m not a horror fan, but it’s such a fascinating show. (If you’d like a quick recap, here’s a link to last year’s finale recap. I loved the episodes leading up to it, but was disappointed in the ending.) To publicize the upcoming premiere, AMC has released a series of webisodes that show the backstory for the zombie woman that Rick Grimes killed in the first episode, the one that was just a torso crawling around. Grimes felt sorry for the disgusting-looking zombie, and he apologized to her before wasting a bullet basically. It was a way to humanize the monsters of the show, and to recognize that they were once just like us. Having seen that zombie’s backstory, they’ve done a masterful job of picking up where Grimes left off.
The webisodes below are scary as hell and I got that familiar sick feeling in the pit of my stomach watching them. We know how it’s going to turn out for this poor character, but that doesn’t make the lead up any less creepy. In some ways these clips are worse than the show, since we get to see a bunch of new characters dealing with the immediate aftermath of the zombie apocalypse and coming to terms with it. These were scarier for me than a full length show because they’re so condensed and heart-wrenching.
Without giving away the ending, I’ll just say that this story is incredible, and so well told in a short period of time. I’m looking forward to the show coming back, but I know I’ll end up sleeping with the light on.
Webisode 1, “A New Day” (Alternate link for non-US visitors)
Webisode 2, “Family Matters” (Alternate link for non-US visitors)
Webisode 3, “Domestic Violence” (Alternate link for non-US visitors)
Webisode 4, “Neighborly Advice” (Alternate link for non-US visitors)
Webisode 5, “Step-Mother.” The ending is awesome. (Alternate link for non-US visitors)
Webisode 6, “Everything Dies” (Alternate link for non-US visitors)
Highlight below for spoilers for these webisodes.
So this mom gave her life for her kids. I hope we see these child actors again, and that we learn they got out alive. It would be cheesy and against the odds of course, but those type of things are always happening on this show.
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