‘The Walking Dead’ Returns
We took quite a bit of flack in leaving ‘The Walking Dead’ off our Best TV of 2013 list, though our reasoning behind the slight ties into the AMC horror-drama’s presence here. The latter half of ‘The Walking Dead’ season 3 in early 2013 scaled back the momentum of the eight that preceded it, incorporating some emotional ends (SPOILERS, Merle, Andrea…) along the way, though even the highlight of Morgan’s “Clear” return couldn’t overshadow a weak ending that delayed both the Governor and the prison’s inevitable fall.
The first eight episodes of season 4 gave us a fresh start, and a few AMC-original ideas to play around with, though the bizarre structure that devoted two entire hours to the Governor’s post-apocalyptic adventures, before finally returning to the climactic ending that season 3 rightly deserved, once again kept the series from true greatness. Now, with the core survivors splintered and on the run, we have much more exciting new developments and characters to look forward to, with showrunner Scott Gimple firmly at the helm to deliver the bloody and open-ended nihilism we fell in love with in the first place.