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Wired Is Thankful for The Walking Dead, Ratings Hold for Episode 4

This week Deadline Hollywood discusses the ratings for Episode 4 while Wired gives thanks for The Walking Dead and Entertainment Weekly features the series on its cover.

Wired is thankful that with “AMC’s awesome adaptation of The Walking Dead comic book series, there’s finally a zombie story in the mainstream that relies on deeply-drawn characters, not just scaring viewers.”

The Walking Dead lands on Entertainment Weekly‘s cover, as the magazine asks, “How in the world did a show that begins with a policeman shooting a little (albeit zombified) girl in the head ever make it on to television? And how did it become the hottest new series of the year?”

• Ratings for Episode 4, “Vatos” held relatively steady according to Deadline Hollywood. TV by the Numbers notes that even with a 5 percent drop it “will still easily be the top scripted show on cable for the week with adults 18-49.”

In a story on the challenges posed to HBO by AMC, cites Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead as “novelistic series with season-length interlocking narratives.”

UGO compares the events in Episode 4, “Vatos” with the comic book, noting that just like in print, “Amy immediately comes under attack after her pee-break, though the first bite wound claims her arm rather than the neck.”

Andrew Lincoln praises Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) to MTV, explaininh, “He’s a terrific actor. He’s a gentleman, one of the nicest guys, but he’s got this kind of steel in him, this fierceness as well.”

The Chicago Tribune interviews Steven Yeun (Glenn), who shares that, after getting recognized as Glenn in public, “I got heart complications. I wasn’t prepared for it.”

Television Without Pity is excited for Jon Bernthal, who is “going from playing that dopey lovelorn guy on The Class to a big role as a angry law enforcement agent on one of the year’s most talked-about programs.”

The Atlantic calls Rick Grimes the “Anti-Don Draper” because he “hasn’t had to make any dire moral compromises so far.”

• For other recaps and reviews of Episode 4, “Vatos,” check out CNN, Daemon’s TV, FEARnet, HitFix, the Los Angeles Times, MTV, New York Magazine, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Time, TV Squad, the Wall Street Journal and Zap2It.

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