The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

Season 2

DVD - 2012
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'The Walking Dead' is a drama where personal struggles are magnified against a backdrop of crises. The series explores how the living are changed by the realization that those who survive can be far more dangerous than the walking dead
Publisher: [United States] : Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2012
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (578 min) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 013132524795

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JihadiConservative
Jul 10, 2016

The second season of THE WALKING DEAD was much maligned by many fans because of its seemingly slow pace, especially after the action packed quick out the gate start for the series in the six episode first season. The core group of survivors, having escaped Atlanta and the destruction of the CDC, find refuge on the Greene family farm and there they sit for the bulk of the second season, as more than a few episodes go by and very little screen time given to encounters with flesh eating Walkers and a lot of time spent on personal issues, such as Lori's pregnancy, the search for Sophia, Glenn and Maggie's romance, ethical debates over what to do with Randall, Andrea's bad marksmanship,Darryl's brother issues and outsider status, and a lot of conversations about what to do next in the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse.
This second season truly belongs to Jon Bernthal's Shane Walsh, whose character arc from the first episode to the penultimate one is both tragic and horrifying. Shane is a man being torn apart both emotionally and mentally; first for his love and devotion to Lori and Carl, the wife and son of his best friend, both of whom he saved and protected during the outbreak of the Zombie virus. He is also torn over his life long friendship and love for Rick Grimes, Shane's fellow lawman and husband and father of Lori and Carl. But worst of all, it is Shane who has come to realize just what it takes to survive in this terrible new world-something he learns the hard way in Save the Last One-but it is a truth he can't seem to make the others understand.
The slower pace of the second season did allow for some genuine character development as we get to know Glenn, Darryl, Andrea, Carol, Hershel Greene, his daughter Maggie, and Carl Grimes much better and in ways that would grow further in later seasons. Too bad the same can't be said of Sophia and Otis. We also learn a lot about Sarah Wayne Callies's Lori Grimes, and most of it makes clear why she became one of the series most disliked characters. Just look at her body language and facial expressions in By the Dying Fire when Rick confesses to her what happened to Shane or her babbling to Hershel after Carl is shot, to understand what I'm talking about. Is she the only character to ever go out and wreck a car on an empty road?
The acting is terrific all round, with a special nod to Andrew Linoln's Rick, whose character is changed by the end of the season in ways he did not anticipate, and old pro Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene, a man who thinks life will just find a way to go on in the face of a horrific new reality. This thought provoking drama is haunting, scary and not at all for kids.

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vv8
Jun 02, 2015

Another great season. Lots of action, intensity, and strong character development. Not for the squeamish!

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deldiva
Dec 16, 2013

It's getting better and better...awesome second season!! There are many twists and turns; many not expected and some anticipated...still great watching to see what is to come. Looking forward to the next season.

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YukioOkumura666
Oct 26, 2012

Can't wait to see it.

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disconnect_
Oct 13, 2012

Nowhere near the level of the comics this show is based on but slowly getting better! It appears as though everything in this season is building toward the infamous 'Prison Arc' from the comics and for that I am excited.

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anigirl10
Oct 06, 2012

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YukioOkumura666
Sep 29, 2012

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JihadiConservative
Jul 10, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: 10/10

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JihadiConservative
Jul 10, 2016

Violence: Extreme violence. Graphic eatings which included guts spraying, blood splatter, bone crunching and nasty sounds. People are shot, killed, stabbed, tortured. Main characters die horribly, and the season finale featured heavy gore.Not for kids.

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