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Give Season Two a Chance.
on April 19, 2015
Season Two of the Walking Dead has gotten a lot of flack from viewers over time, but it improves greatly on second viewing and is actually one of the better seasons of the series. There are reasons for some of the negativity. Having gone to many boards discussing Walking Dead, I find there is a certain percentage of viewers who really want it to be an all-action show and complain every time it slows down for a bit. That's exactly what Season Two did, especially in its first half, and that generated a lot of carping.
Secondly, when you're watching any of these seasons for the first time, you're all caught up in the plot and are very tense wondering if a certain character is going to die or what will happen to the group and of course, when zombies might attack. The naturally tense mood of the show gets any viewer impatient about what is going to happen and again impatient about character development and subplots. Finally, at this point TWD was still a new show and no one knew where it was going. I confess I was one of the people who began to get disgruntled about the show when in the first half of Season 2 it started to seem like it was going to become a soap opera. The zombies were pushed to the background and it seemed to be about who was loving who, who disliked who, etc. The season eventually righted this swing, but at the time it looked problematic.
On second look after viewing the practically all-action Season One, it becomes obvious that unless there was some character development and a chance to learn who these people were, there would just be a bunch of ciphers running around waiting to be eaten. The writers did a very good job of this, bringing the central group to a relatively safe space, a farm, where the met and interacted with a new group of characters. There are really good characters with deep flaws that cloud their judgement, people who do not yet comprehend the real situation with the "Walkers",and the usual problems that develop in any group which eventually lead some to feel the group is "broken".
And that's just the beginning. The season is full of wild plot swings when a vulnerable member of the group gets lost and another gets shot, a potentially problem romance starts up, a member becomes pregnant and has serious doubts about bringing a child into this dangerous new world, and a youth taken prisoner from an unknown but hostile group creates great dissension over what to do with him. This development heightens the tension between the two male leaders of the group and also underscores the big theme of the show: the world has changed and the old rules no longer apply but there's no handbook of new rules to follow. There is a lot of substance to this and it's fascinating to follow.
Despite it's mellow and quiet reputation there are many intense events in this season with a midseason clash that almost drives everyone apart. Quiet Season Two also has a finale that includes one of the greatest zombie invasion scenes ever made. Give Season Two a chance - it's worth it.