Monday, October 13, 2014

Non-Spoiler Review: The Walking Dead: S05E01 - "No Sanctuary"

After months of anticipation and dreading the worst, Rick Grimes and his band of survivors return for a brand new season of facing the dangers set about by a zombie apocalypse in AMC's popular zombie drama TV Series, The Walking Dead.

Airing just this Sunday, October 12th and Monday, October 13th internationally, The 5th season begins with the premiere episode "No Sanctuary", which picks up right where the Season 4 Finale episode "A" left off with Rick and his gang still inside their container prison in Terminus and preparing to fend off their captors should they decide to open the door. Unfortunately they are taken by force, and finally see the horrors of what this "Sanctuary For All" truly has. Meanwhile, Carol, Tyreese, and Judith almost reach the site of Terminus, not knowing the dangers ahead that their friends are already facing ahead. Fortunately this coincidence and the random circumstances involving walkers intervene, giving Rick and his crew the chance they've been looking for to make their escape.

Unlike the previous season's opener, Season 5 gets the job done in a BIG WAY by giving audiences a very generous serving of action, zombies, and lots of intense moments that carefully bring things to a satisfying conclusion come the end of the episode. It's literally one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead TV Series by far, and written by none other than the current showrunner himself, Scott Gimple. No Sanctuary achieves what many past episodes in the latter half of Season 4 had in increments -  good pacing and execution. You'll literally love seeing more of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) pull so much of that "Stuff and Thangs" intensity he showed in "A", and Carol (Melissa McBride) showing just how much of a badass she is. Also, Terminus is just as one would have suspected it to be if they paid attention to clues in the Season 4 finale. There's more to things though, told in small doses of a flashback segment shown in the beginning and ending of the episode, which may continue on for the rest of the season.

Overall, this is a GREAT START to TWD Season 5, and the after credits scene is just a doozy to see for longtime fans like me.

The Walking Dead Season 5 airs on AMC every Sunday, and on Fox Philippines every Monday.

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