The Walking Dead: Season 4 Episode 9 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Walking Dead: Season 4 Episode 9 Reviews

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Kevin Fitzpatrick
June 12, 2018

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.

Melissa Leon
The Daily Beast
October 25, 2016

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.

Alan Sepinwall
July 10, 2015

More intriguing was the Michonne subplot, which finally gives us concrete answers - even in the context of dreams with dream logic - about who and what she was before the apocalypse.

Sean McKenna
TV Fanatic
July 10, 2015

"After" did allow the three characters to come to terms with some issues, but at times it definitely trudged along.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.4/5
Roth Cornet
IGN Movies
July 9, 2015

The Walking Dead opened the second half of Season 4 with a restrained, but effective episode that saw its characters faced with the challenge of accepting, and even embracing, the reality of the lives they're living - even the horror.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
John Lopez
Top Critic
July 9, 2015

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?

Morgan Jeffery
Digital Spy
July 9, 2015

With our survivors scattered, the show is employing a new format for the second half of its fourth season and - on the evidence of 'After' - it's a switch-up that works.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Zack Handlen
AV Club
Top Critic
July 9, 2015

It does a terrific job of raising a fundamental question ("Why keep living if this is the world?") and then answering it in a way that doesn't come off as a cheat.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Richard Rys
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
July 9, 2015

Best of all is a long-awaited glimpse into who Michonne was before the apocalypse.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Surette
July 9, 2015

I would not argue with you if you said, "OMG dis ep wuz so BORING!" because large stretches of "After" were, indeed, boring.

Nate Rawlings
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
July 9, 2015

Carl tried to move forward too quickly and Michonne finally moved backwards too ardently. It wasn't always clear that they would meet in the end, but we have to put our group back together somehow, and this was a very good place to start.

Paul Vigna
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
July 9, 2015

If you thought watching Peyton Manning's legacy getting kneecapped last week was gruesome, you haven't seen anything.

Kevin Yeoman
July 9, 2015

"After" is one of the stronger episodes of the season, and for now, it's enough to make one curious about where the next seven chapters are headed.

Ted Pigeon
Slant Magazine
July 9, 2015

While there are some new elements at play in Michonne's plotline, The Walking Dead's creaking narrative mechanics return as Carl's arc takes shape over the course of the episode.

Maricela Gonzalez
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
July 9, 2015

The audience finally gets some deeper insight into Michonne's past and why she is emotionally guarded.

Terri Schwartz
July 9, 2015

When Greg Nicotero directs an episode of The Walking Dead, you know you're in for a treat. "After," the first episode of Season 4b, is no exception.

Nicole Lyn Pesce
New York Daily News
Top Critic
July 9, 2015

Sunday night's feature focused on Michonne ... and Carl.... Both stories delivered.

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