Yeah, that was a really excellent debut, I was only bummed they didn't go for a two hour premier with limited commercial interruptions.
What I Loved:
ALL the zombie killing action...that is the amount of zombie killing that needs to happen every week
Gas Mask Face-Off Zombie! (no question that gets made into an action figure)
Born-Again-Hard Rick dissing Lori
Carl dissing Lori
Rick hacking off Hershel's leg - that was epically brutal
What I didn't love so much:
Lori still being on alive, on the show, etc
Carl/Hershel's daughter burgeoning romance - blecchhh (age difference anyone?)
going through the cell blocks in the dark at the end there? What was the rush?
Not much to complain about, other than the usual. (LORI SUX)
I love how she is able to comprehend that Rick and Carl are mad at her, but she completely fails to grasp the actual reason why. It has nothing to do with her "putting the knife in Rick's hand" - it has everything to do with her reaction AFTER the fact. That she had the AUDACITY to get mad at Rick for doing something SHE SPECIFICALLY ASKED HIM TO DO!!! Damn right dude should be pissed. Carl is just taking his lead.
Those prisoners at the end are going to be fun to watch for the next few weeks.