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At this point, I'm more interested in seeing how The Walking Dead will change than the world it inhabits. And, to give credit where credit is due, it just might have started changing for the better.
"18 Miles Out" was a particularly redundant episode. It indulged in another subplot centered on a petty argument. Two, actually.
This is brave new territory for Walking Dead: Characters are actually confronting each other with dramatic situations, instead of just sitting around in a pass-aggro depressive haze
This show has always been interested in exploring the uglier underbelly of people's natures while at the same time never being deft enough to actually pull it off.
On the whole, the character work was much better, the various arguments more clearly articulated, the sense of atmosphere made stronger because we didn't have to move from character to character, story beat to story beat.
While I had significant problems with one of these storylines, I can't stress enough how important it is for this series to keep this sort of structural focus.
I was actually concerned that the Academy Awards and tonight's episode, "18 Miles Out," would share a problem: too many speeches. But there was nothing to fear, at least for those of us watching the zombie drama.
"Survival" isn't enough of an answer to hang an entire television series on.
This was a truly enjoyable episode with a feeling that everything that took place moved something forward and applied a sense that it will all culminate into something big.
"18 Miles Out" was easily one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead so far. An extremely tense episode that both felt big and bold... and more specific and focused... it really showed off the strengths of the series.
Everything seemed perfectly set up for Shane to make his exit and now that he's escaped death once again, it's difficult to imagine where else the writers can take the character. Nonetheless, we're intrigued to see where The Walking Dead will go from here