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"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.
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.
In terms of plot development, this episode was not terribly eventful, but it would have been foolish to try to match the bombs dropped in last week's episode anyway, so I'm OK with that.
The Walking Dead needed to step back and take a breather after the events of last week's "Killer Within" - if for no other reason than to allow the losses suffered by Rick's group a chance to be addressed.
Plot-wise, "Say The Word" does have some interesting ideas.
Within the scope of the show's accepted limitations, the episode is a measured accomplishment. Its vision of human descent into madness, while not terribly original, resounds in small, palpable doses.
I didn't feel nearly as shocked as this show seemed to want me to.
This was probably the quietest episode of the season so far. It amounted to a deep dive into various characters' psychology - albeit with plenty of zombie-killing along the way.