Critic Consensus: "Say the Word" takes a step back from the action of the last episode, while driving home major plot points for the season going forward.
as Rick Grimes
as Carl Grimes
as Daryl Dixon
as Hershel Greene
as Maggie Greene
as The Governor
as Beth Greene
as Merle Dixon
as Morgan Jones
as Jessie Anderson
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic reviews for Say the Word
I appreciated the disintegration of our once-stalwart leader. Rick is neither human nor walker now; he's a third rail.
Between the Governor's daughter, Rick's rampage in the prison, and the fighting sport that the villagers watch, the episode is a study in the psychological maladies of the zombie apocalypse in a season that has focused mostly on the physical.
Not a complete story told in one hour of television, but it was still an engrossing hour, because we finally care about what happens to these people.
"Say the Word" was a buildup episode of The Walking Dead that solidified several ongoing plots.
If anything, this hour proves that even the lower-key episodes this season are going to be full of great moments.
It was understandable to have "Say the Word" be more of an aftermath episode, taking a step back after the huge events last week. But it was also pretty jam-packed in its own right, as The Governor revealed just how twisted he was.
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