‘The Walking Dead’ – S03E01 – “Seed”

Normally there would be a recap or some other more robust content related to the show in this space but it’s New York Comic Con weekend and we’re all indisposed, so…

Here’s how “Seed” is described:

With the world growing increasingly more dangerous and Lori’s pregnancy advancing, Rick discovers a potentially safe haven. But first he must secure the premises, pushing his group to its limit.

I look forward to your thoughts, opinions, gripes, live-blogging, etc.


  1. Can’t wait! 38mins and counting……

  2. I’m ready.

  3. Holy shit they let Tdawg talk.

  4. It’s real hard to like Lori.

    • I know, I don’t want to me the guy that hates the wife in all good TV shows (Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy). But it is really hard not to. I wonder why that is? Is it the way they are written? Or am I just a jerk? Why do I hate TV Wife’s?

  5. Good to have this show back, nice fast turnaround on season three. This is going to be a great season.

  6. That was a pretty good season premier….one thing I really like about the show is that it’s just different enough from the book that I never know what is going to happen.

    • How close is it to the book? I’ve watched the show but have not read book (not of fan of black and white comics).

    • The tone is pretty spot on. It’s the first book that changed my opinion of black and white comics. Get the first trade and you’ll see what I mean. You won’t regret it!

    • Yeah I agree with misterckent, I’m not a fan of black and white comics myself, but I think that Walking Dead is better because it’s in black and white.

    • Thanks for the insight. I love the show and I think I’ll have to give the trades a try. I was just worried it would be too spoiled after seeing the show.

  7. The basics are the same, but there are a lot of different things…characters deaths either way earlier or later than in the books, some of the characters in the show aren’t in the book and vice versa, etc.

  8. This episode alone was better then the whole second season.

    Few quick thoughts:

    – I love how the opening scene not a word dialog was spoken (a clear response to the general complaint that their was WAY too much talking going on in the second season)

    – Carl has officially become the Carl from the comic book. He is starting to kick ass.

    – The Michonne scenes were excellent. This season is going to be so great with her in it.

    – The group led by Rick feels more like a group surviving Zombie apocalypse and not one where they go out for a horse back ride to the neighborhood pharmacy to pick up supplies and fuck.

    – Kirkman’s influence can be felt much stronger here in this first episode. I hope that is a trend that will continue through the rest of the season.

    – AMC is letting this series get away with gore that I have never seen on network television before. Outstanding.

    – Season 2 was a struggle to get through and really only paid off at the end with the last 2 or 3 episodes, but here, with this opening shot of Season 3 – dudes, I’m all in. Thrilling TV.

    • Your thoughts succinctly sum up my own, so I’ll just say…. This.

    • Episode one of season 3 was way better than the whole second season. Some one at work asked me if he should just watch the first two seasons on Netflix before getting into this season. I told him no, just jump on board now.

    • All of the above is dead on (ha, see what I did there? uh… yeah).

      But seriously: what twists me up is I have 2 friends who claim to be such great Walking Dead fans (comic and TV show) and they don’t acknowledge any of the above at all. Season 2, in the realm of a Walking Dead TV show, sucked (while The Walking Dead as a TV show in general is still better and superior than a lot of other TV shows).

      It makes me question… if my friends think season 2 was so great just because its called ‘the Walking Dead’, then what exactly is their fandom based upon?

  9. This is a public service announcement: Do not watch “Comic Book Men.” It is total shit and may be harmful to the brain.

    • Agreed. I would like comic book men a lot more if they talked about actual comic books. You know, current story arcs and what not. Not like there isn’t a lot of cool shit happening in the industry with the new 52 marvel now and the kick assery of image comics.

      Oh i know! lets hold a kids birthday party in the shop! give me a break.

    • Okay let’s stay on topic.

  10. I loved Carl & Michonne, but I thought this episode was rather weak. Overall, it didn’t feel very suspenseful to me. I think the only time I really felt they were in real jeopardy was when they entered the dark cell block at the end and got trapped / chased in the corridors by the walkers. Otherwise, it was mostly just a gratuitous spree of gory eliminations of zombies. The blood & guts should be used more sparingly if it’s going to have a real impact.

    • last season people were complaining that there was too much talking, not enough zombie killing. this season started with almost no talking and a whole bunch of zombie killing. i’d imagine that next episode will have a bunch of conversations with the inmates and a lot less zombie killing. hopefully michonne will still bring the pain so it doesn’t get boring.

    • I have to disagree, this is the zombie apocalypse, there needs to be a ton of zombie killing. If the characters at this point think killing a zombie is a big deal that needs to be drawn out and thought about and discussed, then there would be no growth in the characters.

    • yeah i disagree as well. I think they are doing a great job of showing the ups and downs of survival. Some days are routine, some days are tough. Zombies are now routine. That scene in the beginning where they were raiding the house, saw the horde coming and just scooted out like it was routine. That would not have happened last season. There would have been freakout and panic. Zombie killing is normal now……they are monsters that they aren’t afraid of as much, and part of the world. I think its a big jump, and i think they were showing that.

  11. I try not to talk to the TV mainly cuz I realize they can’t hear me, also its a sign me turning into a crazy person. BUT when Lori said Carl and Rick hated her, I was compelled to say “I do too, Lori so that makes three of us.” It was a really great season opener made even better that there is no Sofia to muck things up for the entire first half of the season.

  12. I enjoyed this episode. The characters seemed to fight the zombies in a much more intelligent fashion (as quietly as possible) and generally seemed to make better (less ridiculously stupid) decisions. I’m not sure how they ended up with zombies behind them in the corridors of the prison, but other than that it seemed pretty intelligently written. I enjoyed the end of the episode.

  13. I thoroughly enjoyed this season premiere! There was more of everything that makes this show excellent! Michonne is going to be amazing on this show.
    Also, I see that Hershel is taking the place of Dale (in the comics) in many ways…

  14. Loved the show but where the hell there they get the sinclincers for the guns??

  15. I want to like this show so much more than I actually do. Last season was rough, to me. I realize Darabont left and this probably upset the flow, but I’m really hoping they can pull it off this season. This was a pretty good start. And yeah, Lori is pretty much the worst. AMC should have a spin-off show with her and Skyler from Breaking Bad.

    • I read an interesting article that I can’t seem to find again (might have been through IGN) about why characters like Lauri and Skyler (and Rita from Dexter, Betty from Mad Men) are so disliked. It talked about how its because they are the counterparts of anti-heroes. So how the show works is that you hate someone like Laurie instead of Rick. With Breaking Bad you have to hate Skyler so you don’t hate Walt who is doing some pretty awful shit when you think about it.

      I’m not saying you’re wrong in disliking Laurie and Skyler (I do too lol), it is just interesting to think about the reason behind why people dislike them. It was a cool article.

    • ah here it is i think. if it isn’t the exact one i read it is at least the same idea.


    • That’s a good point. I forgot about Betty. LOL! For some reason I still see Rick as sympathetic. He’s had to turn off his humanity and go into a “survival at all costs mode” to protect the group. I see Don Draper and Walter White as victims of their own ego.

    • That’ true too. You had to start disliking Betty so you wouldn’t dislike Don for cheating and stuff but, you’re right, Rick wouldn’t be unlikable if Laurie wasn’t around to channel the hate. Hmm.

    • Except Rick isn’t an anti-villian. Lori has actively lied and manipulated others for selfish reasons, and that makes her easy to hate. Plus, she has like one job, to keep Carl out of trouble and we’ve seen how that’s gone.

    • I agree with mutielover… why is Rick suddenly an ‘anti-hero’? He’s done nothing but what he thinks is right to protect his family and the survivors.

      One of my big beefs of Season 2 was the discontent they introduced between Rick, Lori and Carl. This was a family that stuck together (at least how I remember from the comic) and Season 2 was the opposite… there were walls and wedges placed between them and that changes the characterization.

      They are almost back on track, with Carl at least… but they need to drop the ‘hate’ against Lori or else her inevitable destiny is going to be meaningless.

  16. YES!!!

    Loved the first episode. Sure its different from the comics, and that’s great.

    Some highlights for me

    1. i found pretty cool is that it didn’t pick up immediately after s2’s finale. Its obvious a few weeks had passed and they had turned a bit more desperate and savage which was a cool contrast.

    2. Silencers! for sooo long i’ve often said anybody with a silenced firearm would rule that world, and it was pretty cool to see them make bowling pin and flashlight silencers (even if they were a bit of a stretch)

    3. The prison sequence is going to be great. The cops in riot gear were a scary cool problem to face.

    4. I can’t get over how bad everything and everyone must smell at this point.

  17. You cannot stop this behemoth, 10.9 million in the ratings.


    And that was without any DISH satellite viewers, holy crap.

  18. I was a little murky on the timeline, I guess it’s been a couple of months, but it seems weird that they’ve just been driving in circles that whole time, never leaving this area.

    Overall, though, it was a pretty good opener for the season.

    • Lori is visible pregnant, where as she wasn’t at the end of the last season. they mentioned they’ve been driving around all winter, doubling back. but really, were is there for them to go to? it makes sense for them to stay in a known area with shelter and supplies, than to go to far into unknown territory.

  19. Never, EVER assume a non-moving zombie is “dead.” It may only be resting.

  20. I don’t understand the hype behind the show. Maybe I expect too much after reading the comic for years, but the show just isn’t that good.

  21. I can’t be happier that the writers finally explored the “pregnant woman” concern. What if the pregnancy ends in a miscarriage? I’ve been wondering about this since I first took an interest in zombie fiction years ago.

    Here’s a couple of quotes from two of my post from last year. I guess the writers of TWD troll this site for insight…

    @Conor Kilpatrick “Pregnancy in this “zombie world” has alot more implacations than the obvious (women die during child birth). If the baby dies inside the womb, then there goes the mother, and just imagine the drama that would ensue.”

    @itsbecca “I was questioning what would happen if a “healthy” pregnant woman had a miscarriage, in the “walking dead” world (anyone who dies becomes a zombie). I personally think that the unborn baby would become a zombie and infect the mother.”