The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere Recap: The Cost of Living

February 9, 2015 4:26 PM

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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere Recap: The Cost of Living

Don’t let the oddly literal and unsexy title of this episode fool you — the kickoff to the back eight of season five is a stunner. You want action? There’s plenty. Existential apocalyptic angst? Check. Good, old-fashioned zombie gore? In spades. Ghost cameos? Yes, ghost cameos. And it all ends with a triple-Kleenex moment that reminds us why these survivors are still trying to push forward after all they’ve been through rather than simply wave a white flag and call it quits.

The opening scenes are moody and impressionistic, with only enough dialogue to set the table for what’s happening. We see Maggie weeping, then catch a brief glimpse of Father Gabriel presiding over a burial: “We know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God. A ho...

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