Friday, March 23

My Vision of The Walking Dead's Season 3 Premiere Pre-Credit Opening...

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Although I haven't talked much about AMC's The Walking Dead on BoGD, I've been watching since Episode #1. Despite some kinks, especially in the last few shows, I'm not going to ascribe to the weekly bitchfest seen at true intellectual dens of television critique such as AICN. During the monotony of my work day I've been pondering what bold, ominous pre-credit scene could open Season 3's debut. Since Season 2's 18 Miles Out opened with a glimpse of a scene later in that episode, why not open with something from a few episodes into the season?

First, some backstory covered before below's opening from first episodes of Season 3. The surviving group find themselves in an increasingly desperate situation as Carol, much like her daughter, goes missing after trailing off to use the wilderness as a restroom. She wasn't completely mindless taking the hunting knife from the sleeping Daryl's belt. T-Dog and Beth were keeping watch and everyone else had their light slumber interrupted when a small group of walkers are seen aimlessly stumbling in the distance.

The dead don't yet catch wind of the potential meal that lay in front of them, but Rick decides to move quickly even after sticks and rocks thrown off into the woods only distract a couple from their trajectory. With the walkers attracted by the commotion, it was only then the group, crushed into the remaining vehicles, realize Carol was still out there. Rick makes the gut-wrenching decision to leave only at the last possible second with more-and-more walkers seeming to appear out of nowhere. Andrea is still lost (or dead) to the group, but not to Michonne, who carries her along merely because she hasn't seen another living female in weeks...

Season 3's very first scene, from several episodes in, depicts a pantless Carol cowering on her shins in a small, darkened room surrounded by walls of concrete. She awakens from the cold floor only to find her arms behind her back shackled to an unseen rope. Struggling to get her bearings, tattered jeans and boots saunter into frame and stand beside her, the knife she took from Daryl is casually produced by the figure and a familiar voice is heard,

"My grandpappy gave me one like this when I was a boy, it woulda come in real handy..."

The man drops his other hand into frame, revealing a makeshift bandage over a stump. Before Carol can muster a response, he violently strikes her with her face smacking the floor with a disgusting thud. The camera angle changes to a shot directly above Carol's face. The knife is tossed inches away and blood starts to stream from her mouth. The sound of urination is heard and begins to soak her collar. The man mutters with a cackle, "It's just me and you, bitch." Carol begins to sob uncontrollably as blood pools around the knife and the credit sequence starts...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This would be pretty sweet and definitely a very unexpected way to start the season, but I feel like they're going to go a more predictable route - either opening with Andrea and Michonne immediately after she beheaded the zombie OR something with the helicopter that we first saw in season one and in the last episode of season two. In the comics, that helicopter crashes near the prison we see at the end of the finale. Those in the helicopter survive, but only to be kidnapped by a group of men...including "The Governor," a new character that has been confirmed for Season 3. While not in the comics (and I know they haven't been following them %100 at all on the show), they may include Merle in that group.

Balun's Ghost said...

Sounds great but I'm afraid following that would be a half dozen episodes where Daryl professes his love for Carol and the focus shifts to brother vs. brother. Then they'd end up killing Daryl and I'd have to stop watching.

Michael Majewski said...

Sounds bad ass!

Jayson K. said...

It's a pretty safe bet that with Merle returning for S3, a grave conflict with his little brother with Carol as a pawn will be explored. Might be more interesting than the Governor appearing, at least to me...

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