THE WALKING DEAD “No Sanctuary” Review

Has the wait been worth it? Off course it has! But by how much? Read on to find out.

The official description from AMC:

We learn the true motives of the Terminans as Rick and the group find themselves in a vulnerable situation. Will they be able to work together?

The Walking Dead is back! Though the return of Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the series premiere of The Flash and Gotham have given comic fans some excitement over the last few weeks, it’s been the return of our favourite zombie infested series that I’ve been looking forward to most. Especially given how Season 4 ended. Not failing to disappoint, the season premiere of The Walking Dead is as explosive as expected, whilst still having great story depth.


If I’m being truly honest, there were moments during the second half of Season 4 that I felt things were moving a little too slow, with the group’s splintered journey to Terminus seeming painful long. It’s this that makes the intense events of this episode that much sweeter, with the character psychology on both sides adding an extra layer of depth. Straight from the start we are given a two sided take on the Terminans, with this being a developing feature throughout the episode. We are also quickly shown that life for the group is about to get a whole lot worse with Gareth’s (Andrew J. West) plans not being beneficial for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company. It is however the way that writer Scott M. Gimple and director Greg Nicotero balance this with the movements of Carol (Melissa McBride) and Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) that really shows the true worth of the episode, with there never once being a moment when I’ve felt there could have been something done better.


Something that I’ve never had a major criticism about has been the performances, as though there has been the odd addition that has taken longer to balance the image I had envisioned from the comics, there hasn’t once been one that I’ve found horrifically terrible. All the actors really show their worth in this episode, as though Andrew Lincoln (Rick) is as ever the leader in chief of our survivors, Melissa McBride (Carol) and Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) also give a strong performance. We also got wonderful performances on the Terminus end, with Andrew J. West (Gareth), and Denise Crosby (Mary) both being amazing. Someone that was out of the spotlight a bit was Norman Reedus (Daryl), proving that the show can be successful without him.

The Walking Dead has never been so good. Responding to the gripping cliffhanger of the last season, the show takes the bull by the horns and drives home an exhilarating season premiere. It also continues to give an emotionally deep story, with flashbacks, and other extras giving clever twists to how we picture the characters. Due to all this it’s my pleasure to recommend this to both new and old fans.

  • + The Terminans are more than meets the eye.
  • + Carol is like Rambo the way she kicks ass!
  • + The group literally have to fight for their lives.
  • + Keep watching past the credits, as there's a surprise appearance.