The Walking Dead
Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, a series of episodic games, was considered by many to be the most emotional game of 2012, and a huge success all around. Needless to say fans were clamoring for more (any way they could get it), and while it's been confirmed that there will be a second "season" of games, there hasn't been much more information since then. Until now, supposedly.
On this episode of Short Circuit, Matt and Ryan talk about The Walking Dead (specifically Season 3) and Matt won't stop comparing it to the comics! Spoilers abound! Listen to the episode below or subscribe on iTunes!
One of the most iconic moments in cinema for enthusiasts of the horror genre is the infamous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, where poor Janet Leigh meets her untimely demise. Having been stabbed to death by who we think is Norman Bates’ mother, Leigh’s body falls to the floor, tearing down the shower curtain in the process. Her face hits the tile, leaving us only with that haunting and painful shot of the pupil of her eye, unmoving and utterly lifeless.
In the final moments of the second season of The Walking Dead, we experienced a pivotal moment for the group of survivors, as Rick Grimes informed them that he was the sole decision-maker, and that the group was no longer a democracy. With tonight’s episode, we as viewers now understand the power of those words. Rick is a man who has had to struggle to maintain control of the group as well as his own sanity, which is no easy task when the outside threat simply will not relent. He has been trained in the ways of order and survival from his former life in law enforcement. But like Rick, we watch this new world unfold, asking ourselves exactly what this new form of control really is.
This week, Telltale announced they would be releasing The Walking Dead on the PlayStation Vita sometime this year. As of now, we don't yet know whether or not it will be released in episodes or as a whole package.
Andrea may not be the most popular character for fans of The Walking Dead, but as the series progresses, she is certainly the one who is shaping up to have the most interesting and extreme transformations. In the first season, she suffered the most harrowing loss when her sister Amy, her only remaining family member, was killed in a walker attack. Understandably broken, she later attempted suicide, only to be reluctantly talked out of it. As the months passed and more close friends met their untimely demise, Andrea began to make the journey into becoming a strong and steady warrior.
Some of the best moments of any type of war story are when two people, each from the opposing side, are forced to meet and commune under their larger circumstances. These scenes are sometimes peaceful or even friendly, sometimes they are quite hostile.
Of all the obvious elements that attract us viewers to The Walking Dead, perhaps the most crucial, yet underestimated, component is the one that fuels any great story: decisions and their consequences. When we experience a great story in any medium, it isn’t so much the themes or characters that hold our attention, but the decisions they make under their particular circumstances, and what the outcome will be.
Ready your tear ducts for round two, writer Gary Whitta has confirmed that Telltale is actively working on the second season of The Walking Dead. In an interview with IGN, Whitta, who wrote episode four (Around Every Corner), also gave an additional, tantalizing update. While we patiently wait for the new season to be ready, Telltale "may have a little something extra for you between season one and two." Yes, yes, yes. I would like that. Check out the full interview below.
In watching the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, I was reminded of a key moment from last season between Darryl and Carol. While Darryl had been out searching for Carol’s missing daughter, he found only a flower known as the Cherokee Rose, a Native American symbol for the tears of mothers on the Trail of Tears.