Critic Consensus: "Ripe" maintains a meandering pace, but as the pieces slowly slide into place an unexpectedly frenetic ending creates new misgivings and a heightened sense of anticipation.

Episode Info

Camille agrees to show Richard some of Wind Gap's crime scenes, though the tour opens up old wounds. Meanwhile, Alan confronts Adora about her sharing confidences with Chief Vickery, who is concerned about the Crellins hosting the annual "Calhoun Day" attended by Wind Gap's youth; and, fired from his job at Preaker Farms, John shares off-the-record revelations with Camille that raise fresh concerns for her.


Amy Adams
as Camille Preaker
Patricia Clarkson
as Adora Crellin
Matt Craven
as Vickery
Taylor John Smith
as John Keene
Sophia Lillis
as Young Camille Preaker
Madison Davenport
as Meredith Wheeler
Chris Messina
as Det. Richard Willis
Henry Czerny
as Alan Crellin
Will Chase
as Bob Nash
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Critic Reviews for Ripe

"Ripe" provides a few key examples of passive aggressive sentiments elevated to high art, so below IndieWire has collected the best of the lot and broken down what makes them so effective.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

With our sense of place established, episode four really needed to make some headway in the plot... and it eventually did just that... But the meandering build-up was both interesting and revealing.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

To typically outstanding effect, Ripe excels as more of Camille's memories bleed into the current, with a particular forest rummage providing some of the starkest, boldest, most visceral imagery to hit our screens.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

HBO is stretching the content of a 254-page book over eight hours.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Can we just talk about these people? These broken, damaged people? I'm pretty sure that they are all in a race to see who can be the worst.And if they aren't in the game itself, they're on the sidelines taking bets and talking shit.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Adora is a real piece of work.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sophia Lillis is so extraordinary in this role, rarely speaking, just registering trauma and cruelty and self-refusal in those big, still eyes, offering a young mask of stubborn composure that mirrors the one Amy Adams wears as Camille in her 30s.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The choppy editing in the episode's final scene is a haunting approach to what could very well be a cheap cliffhanger. But if so, it's an admittedly effective one for this episode, even if it doesn't pay off next week.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

You could spend hours dissecting that closing montage.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

"Ripe," may have seemed to be giving us very little by way of plot, it was actually imparting a parade float-load of information - just not in conventional ways.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…