the walking dead season two: benefit of the doubt

Once upon a time, before it aired, The Walking Dead was a “you gotta make sure you don’t miss the first episode” kind of show. Then the (way too short) season concluded and the show gained even more hype. With Frank Darabont “stepping down” as the showrunner, many speculated that the second season was already off to a bad start.

A little premature, but when your premiere season leaves expectations so high, it’s only natural that viewers won’t be excited to hear about major changes that could alter what we’d all come to know and love. A new showrunner seems to be just one of seven doubts that the author of “The Walking Dead Season 2 Doubts has as we approach the upcoming season. The doubt I wholeheartedly disagree with? Number 3: Simple Premise

The premise of Heroes was simple: “save the cheerleader, save the world.” The premise of Sanctuary was simple: “X-Men meets crypto-zoology.” Simple premises have a tendency of becoming warped during a second season because channels want to capture lightning in a bottle for as long as it takes; until the lightning well’s run dry and barely coughing out static electricity.”

We’ve seen zombies done a trillion times over, the beauty of Walking Dead is that it takes a “simple premise” and somehow made it unique again. There’s always the worry that the second season of a great show will be a bust, but there are plenty of arguments for both sides of that case (the aforementioned Heroes unfortunately falling onto the bust side).

Doubts be damned. AMC added extra 30 minutes (90 minutes is like a mini-movie!) to the season premiere on Oct. 16. We can critique it to death then.

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