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The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 1 Premiere AMC’s The Walking Dead has had an on-and-off third season, but Sunday night’s episode brought all the show’s magic back—and what tense, creepy magic it is. ‘Clear’ abandons, temporarily, the conflict between the prison and Woodbury. It leaves the wider cast behind, and not one single frame is devoted to Andrea. Instead, the unlikely troupe of Rick, Carl, and Michonne heads back to the Grimes’s old stomping grounds to get at all those guns Rick left behind at the police station.
The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 1 Premiere There is no sub-plot, even though for a brief time the characters’ paths diverge. The entire episode focuses on this small band entering a much-transformed home town. I suppose it wasn’t much of a guess, but I knew that they’d find Morgan the moment they started wandering through Rick’s home town. They had to bring him back at some point—or at least I hoped they would. Then again, I didn’t expect he’d be in such bad shape. Following the truly horrible death of his son, who was killed by his zombified wife after Morgan was unable to kill her previously, the man has spiraled into madness. His symptoms include elaborate booby-traps, writing inscrutable sentences on the walls of his apartment, and gathering together one of the most impressive gun collections on television.
The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 1 Premiere Morgan, played by an absolutely riveting Lennie James, is a changed man, and not for the better. When he sees Rick he screams that walkers are now wearing the faces of the dead. When he finally stumbles into lucidity, Morgan is bitter and angry. Part of him blames Rick for not staying in touch over the radio; but mostly he blames himself. Mostly, he’s lost all hope. His loneliness has destroyed him. Maybe Rick starts to understand this when he thinks of the prison, of the people waiting there, when he tells Morgan, desperately, the he must come back from this—not just back with them, but back from this. For all he’s lost, Rick still has his people. So even though Morgan just stabbed him in the chest, and tried to shoot him, and is obviously deeply troubled, and even though tensions are high enough with Merle haunting the place, Rick asks him to come back to the prison. Because Rick is still a good man who believes and has hope.
The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 1 Premiere “You will be torn apart by teeth or bullets, you and your boy,” Morgan warns him. The good people and the bad people will die, he says, it’s the weak—like Morgan himself—who have inherited the earth. “I have to clear,” he says, refusing the invitation. Rick nods, but doesn’t ask him what he means. Amidst all the writing on the wall, that one word is repeated time and time again in red: Clear.