The Walking Dead is continuing to impress with its ability to defy viewer expectations and to craft realistic characters in nightmarishly implausible situations. The first half of the fifth season was as engaging as anything found on television. Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, and the writing staff should be applauded. They have managed to keep the show fresh, when it could easily be running out of gas or could have become formulaic by now.
Director Ernest Dickerson opens the episode in a thrilling fashion. The escaped officer from the previous episode is being pursued by an unknown threat. Dickerson shoots the sequence as if a serial killer is on his tail. The reveal of it being Rick Grimes wasn't much of a shock, but it was more of a...
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