The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 9 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 9 Reviews

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Randy Dankievitch
Processed Media
February 19, 2020

'The Suicide King' isn't a particularly compelling episode, but it continues the trend of less zombie crap, and more interpersonal drama, which is the show's best material.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kevin Fitzpatrick
ScreenCrush
June 11, 2018

"The Suicide King" offers a much quieter, contemplative episode than its predecessor.

Nate Rawlings
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
July 30, 2015

What we got last night illustrates the problem with mid-season finales. There were so many moments in December's mid-season finale-both genuine plot-pivot points and the "holy s-t!" variety-that this episode was bound to be a bit of a hangover.

J.J. Gould
The Atlantic
Top Critic
July 30, 2015

Back from midseason hiatus, The Walking Dead just demonstrated not only what it can be as a show but what TV can be as a medium.

Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
July 30, 2015

Throughout the episode, loyalties and friendships are tested as some (but not all) withheld truths come to light.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
Andrew Conrad
Baltimore Sun
July 30, 2015

Sunday night's episode, The Suicide King, wasn't bad. There was plenty of gore, which I've sorely missed.

Starlee Kine
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
July 30, 2015

There were a few moments when the show tried, once again, to find its footing, character-development-wise. We so rarely get a conversation that isn't about who's riding shotgun and whose carrying the shotgun that it's nice when they happen.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erik Kain
Forbes
July 30, 2015

Things happened in the episode, but not enough to get the ball rolling.

Andy Greenwald
Grantland
Top Critic
July 30, 2015

"The Suicide King" took the improved momentum of the previous eight hours and promptly stalled it out on a country road.

Tim Surette
TV.com
July 30, 2015

The Walking Dead is BACK you guys! And it came back with all the ferocity of a toddler pillowfight.

Zack Handlen
AV Club
Top Critic
July 30, 2015

More than anything, "The Suicide King" feels like it's shuffling folks around so it can get to the next big step in the season's arc, and while I wish it did so with a little more grace or character, those make-or-break stakes remain.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin Yeoman
Screen Rant
July 30, 2015

For all the life that was put back into the show during the midseason finale, "The Suicide King" seems to come in and suck a lot of that life right back out.

Alan Sepinwall
HitFix
July 30, 2015

In all, solid, and necessary episode, but maybe not the ideal first hour back after months away.

Geoff Berkshire
Zap2it.com
July 30, 2015

This was a more restrained, character-driven hour that dared to split the difference between the "slow" elements of Season 2 and the action-driven approach of Season 3.

Sean McKenna
TV Fanatic
July 30, 2015

"The Suicide King" immediately picked things right up, concluding the last moments of major action before giving the characters some time to think about all the craziness they've been though.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.3/5
Alfred Joyner
International Business Times
July 30, 2015

What The Suicide King showed us was that the explosive events of the mid-season finale have left lasting damage to both Rick and the Governor's groups of survivors.

Eric Goldman
IGN Movies
July 30, 2015

The midseason premiere updated us on the status of everyone, with more success in some arenas then others.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
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