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The Walking Dead: Season 2 (2011-2012)
Critic Consensus: The second season of The Walking Dead fleshes out the characters while maintaining the grueling tension and gore that made the show a hit.
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In series 2, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the survivors he's teamed up with continue their search for safety from the walkers. After escaping the explosion at the CDC in Atlanta, the group encounters a threat on the road. Shelter is found at a farm owned by veterinarian Hershel Green (Scott Wilson), the site of most of the season's action, including a tragic incident that tests the bonds of the group.
|Premiere Date:||Oct 16, 2011|
|Creators:||Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont|
|Executive Producers:||Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Charles H. Eglee, Glen Mazzara, Gregory Nicotero|
|Producers:||Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Charles H. Eglee, Denise Huth, Tom Luse, Glen Mazzara, Gregory Nicotero|
as Rick Grimes
as Glenn, Glenn Rhee
as Carl Grimes
as Carol, Carol Peletie...
as Daryl Dixon
as Merle Dixon
as Hershel Greene
as Maggie Greene
as Beth Greene
as Bob Stookey
as Bob Stookey
as Abraham Ford
as Tara Chambler
as Rosita Espinosa
as Eugene Porter
as Gabriel Stokes
as Morgan Jones
as Jessie Anderson
as Spencer Monroe
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There is so little depth on display that if you replaced every single member of the cast with an animal you'd have essentially the same show. You'd probably have a better one.
I will say this, there is one hell of a cliffhanger that I didn't see coming.
You'll be happy to know that at least as far as the first two episodes go, the show is better than ever -- which would have seemed impossible.
Well, great green globs of greasy grimy zombie guts: The Walking Dead is back for a second season Sunday with lots of predictable gore, but also with a move toward deeper character development that should earn even more fans for the hit AMC series.
There are those for whom flesh-feasting zombies hold no appeal, but fans will find this Dead return an early Halloween treat. Just don't eat a lot of Halloween candy right before you watch.Trust me: You'd regret it.
Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 2
I feel the second season was a total step above the first. It pretty much goes from strength to strength. Though it?s true that there may be some duller points, some annoying characters and a lot of rehashing old issues, The Walking Dead manages to use even these negative instances in favour of setting the pace, even if they aren?t a benefit to the series over all.
The non-comic characters that AMC chose to introduce became entirely more believable this time around. Though not necessarily likeable, that?s not important. What does matter is that this larger group now seems to have many actual personalities, rather than just a string of one dimensional cliches.
Darryl (Norman Reedus - 8MM, The Boondock Saints I & II, Blade II and Pandorum) is still a fantastic character, that everybody (including myself) seems to love despite his being a total dickbag. Lauren Cohan (Death Race 2, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and Chuck) is introduced as the character Maggie Greene in this season, and I really like her, too. The relationship she has with Glenn (Steven Yeun) is really the only one in the series to date I could bare. Scott WIlson (The Ninth Configuration, The Exorcist III, Judge Dredd, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and Big Stan) as new character Hershel is a great actor, but the role is hit and miss at best. He?s a necessary character to be sure, but it?s hard to say that I actually ?like? him.
Other than these guys, I could pretty much take or leave the rest of new cast. To be honest, I could probably even deal with losing the rest of the original cast too. That may be too harsh; as I said, they?re all coming together nicely, but it?s really just Darryl and Maggie that I?ve really started to gain an attachment to. Maybe in Season 3 this will change. I?m sure lots of things will.
Before giving my final mark, I?d just like to say, that once again The Walking Dead has got some of the best goddamn practical effects I?ve seen in my entire life. If anything, this season?s is somehow even an improvement on the first. Seriously. If you have an interest in media in the broader sense, The Walking Dead is worth watching for that alone. Check it.
It slightly suffers from a slow start, but The Walking Dead Season 2 picks up rapidly with compelling drama & gory action. The formulaic development of characters, old and new, along with the building-intensity makes the second season a success. 4.5/5
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