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The promise of bigger moments to come helps to liven up the deliberate pace of "Judge, Jury, Executioner," while strong work from the cast elevates its talky script.
The screen went to black, but the bad taste lingered; once again our supposed heroes were portrayed as being both unprepared and unlikable. The producers and Rick are in for the same rough lesson, I fear: bad decision-making has real consequences.
"Judge, Jury and Executioner" was a talky episode done right - a nicely written morality tale aided by a deadline device.
This wasn't a bad episode, but it was pretty much a Greatest Hits listing of all the things wrong with the scripting on this show.
Looking at the positive, 'Judge, Jury, Executioner' is without doubt DeMunn's finest hour - he delivers a highly emotive performance and, thanks to the actor's natural charm, he manages to lecture the other characters without seeming stuffy or superior.
Though I don't know if it all worked, it was still a step up from most of the earlier farm episodes.
And here we are, a week after the excellent "18 Miles Out" aired, and we get the especially dull "Judge, Jury, Executioner." Even a notable character death at the end couldn't do much to save this one.
I were to meet the Walking Dead at a party, it would explain to me that those first 40 minutes were necessary in order for us to feel the true weight of Dale's... But at the same time, watching it felt like listening to your 2-year-old explain their day.
Using Carl to both resolve the episode's plot, and making him semi-responsible for Dale's death, has a satisfying neatness, and serves as a reminder that for all their talk, Rick and the group have no idea what impact their choices will make.
Dale enunciates today's Weighty Theme: "The world we knew is gone, but keeping our humanity - that's a choice." It's a speech he'll get to reprise ad nauseum in what still manages to be a tense and well-turned episode.
If TWD's producers got the memo about quicker pacing, they ignored it for last night's episode.