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And so ends the first half of The Walking Dead's deadly second season, thankfully not with a whimper but with a whole lot of bangs.
Well, for my basic-cable money that was the single best episode in the entire run of "The Walking Dead."
The [final] scene allowed the debate about whether the walkers are sick humans or animals to come to a boiling head.
To me, last night's episode was the show's finest hour since its series premiere, and I think it's because the show has finally decided to stop going for realism and embrace its inner melodrama.
It was everything you've ever wanted this show to be. Zombies plus no dialogue, such a winning combination!
The show is perfectly satisfied with painting Sophia, in very broad strokes, as an ordinary 12-year-old girl. If her disappearance is a dominant arc of a season, the character can't be this underdeveloped for drama to be maintained.
I've been underwhelmed by a good chunk of the season so far, but tonight's closing scene was so effective that I think I'm going to remember it far more strongly over the next two-plus months than I will a lot of the dull moments we got.
With the midseason finale, the show delivers not the massive cliffhanger Kirkman had promised was on the horizon, but rather a gut-wrenching denouement to the group's most pressing concern.
The tension slowly ratchets up to an almost unbearable level, leading to those amazing final scenes.
We were a little pissed at the show last night for ending the mid-season on such a finely crafted note, because it can't be stated strongly enough that the show is still in a rut.
It might be the series's most iconic moment.
Well... I feel weird saying, "I loved it!", but it certainly worked, didn't it? It was very powerful and succeeded as the sucker punch it was intended as.