Walking Dead Premiere Recap: The New Normal
If you had even the teensiest concern about how Scott Gimple would fare as The Walking Dead’s new showrunner, you can stab it in the head and lay it to rest. The AMC hit’s fourth season premiere, “30 Days Without an Accident,” was action-packed and stomach-turning, heartbreaking and funny. In other words, pretty effing awesome. Here’s what went down.
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT | After a glimpse of some of the loveliest baby elephant ears you’ll ever see, especially outside of a penitentiary, we join Rick in the vegetable garden where he’s playing Farmer McGregor. (All he’s missing, Hershel suggests, are overalls and a bigger ass.) Apparently, since the Woodbury/prison merger, things have calmed down so significantly that the sheriff no longer even likes to carry a gun. However, when Rick sets out to check their traps — lest walkers make off with any game they might catch — the council insists that he pack heat. Good thing, too, it turns out. But more on that later.
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE… | In short order, we discover that Daryl’s hunting skills have made him a rock star to the Woodburyans (“You’re gonna have to learn to live with the love,” Carol teases); Michonne, who is now not only able to smile but crack jokes, has been riding off for long periods of time in search of the Governor; Carl has taken to naming the livestock (even suddenly-sickly Violet the Pig); Tyreese is dating Karen (Noah’s mother from last season); and Beth is dating Beaver Casablancas from Veronica Mars! As for the zombpocalypse’s supercouple, Maggie and Glenn, he’s being extra protective of her — with good reason, we find out later.
INTO THE WOODS | While trap-checking, Rick happens upon a newlywed who’s so grimy, she could easily have been mistaken for a walker. In fact, it’s her husband who’s a walker — or would be, if he wasn’t just a severed head in a sack! (Hard to walk without legs!) The woman is so desperate to be with him that first she tries to feed Rick to him, then she commits hari-kari! “You don’t get to come back from” the things we’ve done, she whispers as she slips away. So, when Rick gets back to the prison, Hershel has to reassure him in his patented Hershel way that, yes, they do get to come back from the things they’ve done. (Then why did poor Violet have to die? Why?!)
CLEAN-UP IN AISLE 3 | Meanwhile, Daryl, Glenn, Michonne, Tyreese, Sasha, Beaver Casablancas and newcomer Bob Stookey, a former Army medic, head out on a drugstore run, which — as they tend to on this show — goes horribly awry. Bob’s Sue Ellen Ewing-esque battle with a bottle in the beer-and-wine section brings a whole rack crashing down on him… which, in turn, starts the walkers on the roof shuffling… right over a part of the ceiling that’s been weakened by a previous chopper crash! Before all is said and done, zombies rain down on them, Bob comes so close to death that even we need a drink, and alas — after just a single episode! — Beaver is ready for the taxidermist!