DVD review: The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season

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WEB-DVD review

TV-MA, 696 minutes

“The Walking Dead” is one of those television shows that seems to garner affection and resentment in equal (and extraordinarily large) portions.

An avid watcher since its inception, I’ve been both transported and annoyed at the show’s portrayal of a post-zombie apocalypse, based on a popular comic book series. In the past, the storyline has gotten stuck in a quagmire that drags on and on. The survivors talk and quarrel, with little narrative momentum.

Season four, however, largely managed to stay away from these pitfalls. The first half is mostly concerned with the decline of their sanctuary at a former prison, and its ultimate destruction at the hands of the Governor, the main villain from season three – who also gets his own compelling solo story thread.

In the latter half, former lawman Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the other main characters are scattered to the winds, and must struggle to endure and regroup. Particularly affecting is the plight of Daryl (Norman Reedus), a country boy with mad survival skills and a dark shadow on his soul, who falls in with a band of brutal killers.

By keeping things constantly on the move, “The Walking Dead” realized its finest season yet.

Show: B+

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