The first season of The Walking Dead is already over and I am disappointed only six episodes were produced by AMC television channel. This was a much anticipated series for zombie lovers everywhere. Each episode had plenty of zombies, gore, and interesting characters.
The main story line centers on Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer. In the first episode, he is shot and ends up in the hospital. He finally awakens from a coma to a world forever changed and sets out to find his wife, Lori and son, Carl. He runs into a father and son, Morgan and Duane Jones, who fill him in on what’s been happening. He learns from them that Atlanta is the place to go and after gathering what he can, including guns and ammunition from his police department, he leaves. The Jones’ plan to join him eventually and he gives them a radio to reach him when they get close to Atlanta.
Atlanta turns out to be the worst place Rick could go, it is full of zombies and he is nearly killed. He ends up trapped inside a tank. A voice emanating from the radio helps him escape and he meets Glenn. Glenn belongs to a group of survivors who have a camp outside of Atlanta. He ends up handcuffing one the members, Merle Dixon, to a pipe on a building rooftop when he loses control and attacks T-dog, another survivor. Due to circumstances beyond their control, they are forced to leave Merle alone on the rooftop; T-dog secures the door before leaving so the zombies cannot get to Merle.
Once they return to camp, Rick is astounded to find his wife and son. He finds out his best friend and fellow police officer, Shane Walsh, got them out safely. What he doesn’t know is that Shane has been pursuing Lori and that they’d been intimate. When Merle’s brother, Daryl, finds out what happened to his brother he is determined to go back and Rick volunteers to go with him. Once again, Rick, along with Glenn and T-dog, go back. What they find is shocking. Merle managed to get hold of a hacksaw T-dog dropped and he cut his hand off to get free. While trying to find Merle, the group encounters Guillermo and his group of survivors. At first they are all suspicious of each other, but once they learn each other’s stories, fear and mistrust gives way to common empathy and understanding emerges. This was my favorite episode. When they leave the city, they discover their van is gone and suspect Merle is to blame. When night sets, the camp is overrun by zombies. Fortunately, Rick and the others arrive in time or the entire camp would have been wiped out. There are some casualties and they are buried. The zombies are burned.
Rick decides that they should all head for the Center for Disease Control, or CDC. He believes that’s where the answer to their problem may lie. Upon arrival, they are quickly surrounded by zombies. Rick notices a camera following their movements and pleads for someone to let them in. Fortunately, Dr. Jenner, the only person left inside the CDC, opens the door. Once inside, they learn that the doctor has lost all hope. The facility itself is shutting down and once that happens it will basically self-destruct to insure all the lethal toxins inside are destroyed. Dr. Jenner locks everyone inside with him, but after much pleading he allows them to leave. He stays behind, along with Jacqui, an older woman in the group who decides she can no longer run. The end of the series finds the group leaving Atlanta with the CDC burning behind them. Where they are off to next is anyone’s guess.
The new season is scheduled to begin Halloween night of 2011. There will be thirteen new episodes and in the meantime, I’m sure more The Walking Dead marathons will air before then. This is a first-class production that I’m sure will gain more followers as time goes on, I know I’m hooked and can’t wait for the new episodes to air next year.