I don’t think last night’s mid-season finale was the best episode of The Walking Dead, but if I had to give someone a single episode to show them why TWD is such a mega-hit, I would give them “Start to Finish.” It was a perfect mix of hope, despair, and a seemingly endless number of zombies.
Remember how last week I begged for The Walking Dead to get on with it? Well, this week I got my wish in an episode full of some much-anticipated answers, some great characters moments (amidst some shocking stupidity and assholery), and one hell of a cliffhanger for next week’s fall finale.
It was a bold move for showrunner Scott M. Gimple to make the first half of season six into a single day, following a bunch of different characters both at Rick’s doomed Zombie Fun Run and back at Alexandria, which suffered its first major attack. I’d say it’s been mostly successful, but “Always Accountable” is the…
With the origin of Morgan: Peace Warrior safely behind us, The Walking Dead returns to Alexandria, where the blood hasn’t quite dried, the corpses haven’t turned, and the residents suddenly discover that life in the zombie apocalypse is actually not that easy. And then Rick Grimes arrives to make everything worse.
Ever wondered how the character Morgan turned from the homicidal lunatic of season 3 into the bo-wielding, philosophical badass of peace that arrived at Alexandria? Of course you have. Tonight’s extra-sized episode was basically a big origin story for Morgan 2.0, and revealed the most important character in the…
Two things, guys: 1) This was an especially brutal, infuriating episode of The Walking Dead, so consider this your extra-special spoiler warning (although if you haven’t been spoiled already, you soon will be); and 2), I’m beginning to think Rick’s plan to herd the zombies out of Undead Gorge wasn’t a very good plan…
The DirecTV summary for last night’s episode of The Walking Dead ran as follows: “A new problem arises.” This is technically accurate, although I don’t think it really does “JSS” justice, seeing as it may have been the one of the most violent, disturbing episodes TWD has ever aired.
Hey, remember all that talk about how TWD would be putting more zombies on screen than ever before? They weren’t kidding.
The Walking Dead wrapped up its generally excellent fifth season with an extra-long, 90-minute special finale last night. But not only did it not feel bloated, but it culminated in one of the show's greatest final acts ever — but did Rick save Alexandria, or destroy it?
Things are tense in Alexandria. There's only one person who can keep the group and the Alexandrians from turning on each other, and that's Rick Grimes. Which makes it problematic that Rick Grimes is missing, and Crazy Rick — last seen making imaginary phone calls to Ghost Lori — has taken his place.
Now that Rick and the group have been welcomed into the extremely sturdy walls of Alexandria, audiences might have thought that the characters had found some measure of safety. Last night's episode of The Walking Dead wanted to disavow viewers of that silly notion. Brutally.
Seriously. Last night's episode of The Walking Dead — a show that's about the dead reanimating and trying to eat the living — was entirely about a cocktail party. And I'll be damned if it wasn't somehow a damned good episode, too.
The group has arrived at sunny Alexandria, the walls are high, the homes have electricity and running water, and the biggest threat there is Aidan the Douchebag. But there is a heavy price that must be paid in order to receive this sanctuary, and it is a price that can only be measured in facial hair.
It's true. No, Rick hasn't lost his mind again, nor has he suddenly started murdering people. But with the arrival of Aaron, the mysterious fellow who's come with smiles, supplies, and a promise of a safe place to live, Rick and the others suddenly find themselves in the position of being the bad guys for a change.
Actually, there are two foes that the group fights in "Them" that are more deadly than zombies, governors, or even passive-aggressive cannibals. The first is thirst, as the group has run out of water. The second is depression, as Maggie, Sasha and Daryl must decide whether surviving is even worth the trouble.
Oh, man. Whether or not you had you issues with The Walking Dead's mid-season finale last year, last night's mid-season premiere was a shocking, gut-wrenching episode that has to rank in the show's Top 10. Warning: Major spoilers ahead, obviously.
As heavily hinted over the last week, a major character saw his/her end on the show, and that was kind of a bummer. But "Coda" was also sad because it featured some of the worst plotting of season 5, which rendered the story more laughable than moving — a big step back from what has otherwise been a solid season.
Not a lot of things happened in "Crossed," the episode before next week's mid-season finale; it's clear that most of it is setting the stage, especially since it checks in with everybody in the group for the first time in a long time to see how things are about to go horribly, horribly wrong for each of them. Fun!
When season 5 is finally done, and we look back at the somewhat constrained reasons the group split up immediately after finally meeting back up at Terminus, one truth will stand out: That, whatever its issues, gave as "Consumed," an episode of Daryl and Carol being awesome. And that, my friends, will be enough.
It's practically impossible to discuss anything about this week's episode without it being a spoiler, but suffice to say we got the most major revelation since we learned Terminus is A Bad Place. And we also got a crappier, less interesting revelation: Abraham is a crazy asshole.