The Walking Dead season 4 picks up after a time jump. "30 Days Without an Accident" introduces viewers to a whole new world at the prison with a functional community living in a relatively peaceful environment. Of course, that wouldn't make for an entertaining show or be The Walking Dead, so don't expect this semi-utopia to last.Spoiler alert:
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It's a Home
In season 3, the prison provided shelter, beds, and canned food. Now, it's become a home. They facility has been barricaded against Walkers and new living areas have been built. Residents even feel comfortable walking around inside and outside without weapons on their body.
They have started to farm and be more self-sufficient. They are growing crops and even raising animals to provide food. The prison-life is much calmer than it's previously been.
Love and Romance
Glenn and Maggie are going strong. They share a touching moment in the season premiere that signifies their love for each other, yet also demonstrates how difficult the world they live in can be.
New romances have developed for couples now that the Woodbury residents are living in the prison. The idea that love can flourish in this troubled world provides a sense of normalcy. Though, it's also a reminder of the dangers.
Their relative paradise is not one that will last. Multiple threats invade their tranquility both inside and outside the prison. A mysterious new threat develops that will likely play a major role in season 4. It's introduced in the premiere, but the full extent of it will remain unknown.
There are several deaths in the premiere from various causes. And, the gruesome level of The Walking Dead remains high to start the season. Whether it's the Walkers, the deaths, or the mysterious threats, prepare yourself.
Slow and Steady
"30 Days Without an Accident" is a transitional episode that presents the group's new environment. It introduces some new couples, relationships and shows how they are all just going on about life.
It's not one of the most gripping hours of The Walking Dead, but it does set up the tone for season 4. By the end of the hour, it also becomes clear how previous events and situations have affected the characters.
Who are they? And, how do they fit within this world? For example, is Carl a kid? Or, has he lost his ability to be a child given everything that's happened to him? And, Beth has really come into her own and plays a larger role this season.
Overall, the episode is a little underwhelming, yet it provides the seeds for an outstanding season of struggle for characters you want to see triumph over their circumstances.
Check out this short clip from The Walking Dead season 4 premiere. It provides a glimpse at the new prison environment and relative safety. Rick doesn't even have a weapon on him as he goes to work in the garden.
The Walking Dead season 4 premieres on Sunday, October 13 at 9 pm ET on AMC.
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