Sunday night’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” featured family reunions, more conversation (less action) and more questions about the difference between right and wrong. The show is only three-episodes in but has already sparked up a lot of talk about human values and such. “Tell It to the Frogs” was no different, check out what the critics said about this week’s episode

Character conflicts:

Episode three opened with Merle in the throes of a rooftop soliloquy, madness creeping in as he battles dehydration and sunburn. At the campground, Rick is finally able to reunite with his wife, Lori. She had been carrying on an affair with Rick’s own partner and friend, Shane Walsh… Lori partially confessed to her husband, but left a lot unsaid. [metroWNY]

Rick’s heroic act:

When Rick was reminded that they had left Merle handcuffed to the top of the building, he had to go back for him, a decision that almost nobody in the camp supported. Rick bolstered his decision by telling Shane of the ammo nearby, and brought Glenn and two others with him. So far, Rick has a lot in common with Jack on “Lost,” wanting to play the hero as much as possible, sometimes to the detriment of himself and others.[Marquee Blog]

A woman’s role:

The women seem to have been relegated to gathering food and doing laundry by the river — evidently the zombie apocalypse is not a boon to gender equality — and we met the overtly anti-woman Ed (Adam Minarovich), a man with no compunction about beating his wife Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride), though Shane does deliver a certain measure of eye-for-an-eye justice on Carol’s behalf before the story ends. [The LA Times]

The thrill and drama:

Last week’s action-packed, character-light episode of The Walking Dead threatened to tip the show too far onto the action side at the expense of its overarching story. Fortunately, this week’s episode slows things down a bit. Though the show sacrifices a little action to develop its characters at a more leisurely pace, it’s a wise decision; the complexity and depth of the plot development gives this week’s episode of The Walking Dead the dramatic heft that last week’s episode was lacking. [The Atlantic]

I expected this episode to have some sort of payoff after all the character setup in the first two episodes. Yet it wound up being another expository setup. [Vanity Fair]

The Final Shot:

Last things first: the final show from Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead” was absolutely brilliant – viscerally disgusting, emotionally powerful and morbidly humorous, three admirable qualities consistent with this series so far. [mlive]

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What did you think of this weekend’s episode of “The Walking Dead”?