And audiences ate it up in droves (premiered with 5.3 million viewers, which is more than double what Mad Men achieved on their recent season four finale and approx 2.4 million more than highest rated episode).
Fans of the comic book will notice a drastic cut in the amount of dialogue, which is a welcome change. The long, wordless scenes with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) discovering the new world he's woken up to were breathtaking at times, and it made the scenes with Morgan (Lennie James) and his son that much more poignant. The opening episode does a great job of introducing us to this desolate new world with the post-apocalyptic slant making this more like Cormack McCarthy's The Road than 28 Days Later, even factoring in the zombies. Never thought I'd experience so much brains with my "BRAIIIIINNNSSSSS!"
"Space Junk (Wang Chung '97)" swelling up near the end? Recorded over 13 years ago, the band reunited for the song as part of a greatest hits collection, making little or no impact whatsoever at the time. The repeated refrain of "Welcome to my world..." is the obvious reason for its use here.
"Space Junk (Wang Chung '97)" - Wang Chung