Critic Consensus: "After" finds The Walking Dead in a more contemplative mode, and provides a fascinating glimpse into Michonne's backstory.
as Rick Grimes
as Daryl Dixon
as Maggie Greene
as Carl Grimes
as Hershel Greene
as The Governor
as Beth Greene
as Morgan Jones
as Jessie Anderson
as Spencer Monroe
Critic reviews for After
Sunday night's feature focused on Michonne ... and Carl.... Both stories delivered.
Where do you go with a story and characters who know there's no light at the end of the tunnel, just an undead garbage disposal waiting to cut them from the opening credits?
At least for now, "After" is exactly the step The Walking Dead needed to take toward reminding us why we fight, and for the viewers, why we still care who lives and dies.
Robert Kirkman has said that the show is testing out new episode formats in the back half of season four, including some that will focus on only a few characters at a time... It's an admirable goal.
I would not argue with you if you said, "OMG dis ep wuz so BORING!" because large stretches of "After" were, indeed, boring.
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