Sunday night’s (October 13) season premiere of “The Walking Dead” was titled “30 Days Without An Accident,” but as you can probably imagine, the accidents ramped up — real quick. From zombie attacks to a brand-new threat these post-apocalyptic survivors may not be able to fight.
The star Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, has a word for you about the season as he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio studio this week: “This season is very beautiful.” He also said how emphasis on character development and story will lead to some truly touching moments.
Love is in the air too — between Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and newbies Tyreese and Karen. Blondie Beth has a bit of a boyfriend too!
The Walking Dead season 4, episode 1 synopsis released by AMC reads, “The group lives an ideal life at the prison, and strives to hold onto humanity.” The title of the episode is “30 Days Without an Accident,” which suggests that the show kicks off at a time when things have calmed down for the Rick and his crew.
At the end of Season Three Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company won the war against the Governor and Woodbury (or rather, the Governor went crazy and won it for them), taking in a ton of the town’s citizens and ensuring safety for themselves. At least that’s what we thought.
The first scene opens with Rick strolling out to the prison yard with gardening shovel in hand, but we quickly see that life there is not exactly all green grass and sunshine. Instead of produce, Rick digs up a gun while dozens of zombies continue their reign outside the prison gates, leering at Rick’s every move. The prison may be more of a home, but the survivors are still mostly captive within its walls.
Later Rick runs into a zombie-like woman in the woods who’s desperate to survive with her mysterious and beloved husband. She plays to Rick’s empathy and tried to earn his confidence, but desperation turns fatal for her in the end, testing Rick’s ability to stay confident in his choices.
And then there’s the group’s run for supplies, resulting in a downpour of zombies through the store ceiling with blood and guts galore. Amazingly, even with the zombie-laden roof collapse, it seems most of the group made it out, except one very unlucky young man.
After fighting off a group of walkers when a department store roof collapses, the group returns to the prison – sans Beth’s new boyfriend – and sees Carl’s friend Patrick succumb to a fever and turn, creating a new threat within the camp’s formerly safe walls.
Meanwhile, back at home, Carol is teaching the youngsters in a makeshift classroom, complete with books lining the walls. But what’s the first lesson that we see? It’s not reading or writing, or even art or music class. It’s how to use knives, writes Boston.
This is definitely a new chapter in The Walking Dead. Things seem better (maybe?), everyone seems smarter — but they’re all just trying to ward off death for one more day.