Synopsis: Survivors from the prison attack try to regroup, find shelter and each other as the undead close in on them.
Review: Last week’s “The Walking Dead” episode, “After,” was surprisingly good. However, partly because of that, the follow up episode, “Inmates,” was somewhat of a disappointment for me.
I think a big part of the problem with this past episode is the writers tried to do too much in a short span of time. Not only did they have to give us a summary of what happened to Daryl (Norman Reedus), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and others from the prison, they also had to find time to bring back Carol (Melissa McBride) and even introduce some new characters toward the end. By the time they did all of that, there wasn’t any time left for anything else.
In addition to that, there were two things about this episode I really wasn’t a fan of. The first was the promise of yet another sanctuary. That type of storyline is actually managing to get a bit old. And, after several pretty boring episodes involving life at the prison, I would much rather prefer to see them survive on their own, living from house to house, for a while.
The other thing I found I didn’t like was the introduction of the new characters toward the end. I don’t know anything about them other than they are apparently from the comic books and, to be honest, I might eventually like them. However, I think the timing is just wrong. There are already too many characters to keep track of without adding more.
The one thing I did like about this episode was Carol’s return. I had hoped we hadn’t seen the last of her, mostly because there were too many loose ends left open with her temporary departure. I especially liked how Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) was the first person she made contact with and now has Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) baby.
Final Opinion: As I said before, I was somewhat unimpressed about this episode and, at least so far, I’m not sure I like where the series is heading. However, I’ll be fair and watch the next few episodes before deciding.