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After an explosive premiere, The Walking Dead's "Strangers" settles into a groove with a more deliberate, dialogue-heavy episode.
A pair of episodes in, and we're now two-for-two in terms of gasp-inducing shockers.
After the adrenaline rush of last week's season premiere, "Strangers" gives our newly expanded group some much-needed breathing room.
All these little moments and tweaks to the show's normal style add up to the most entertaining "come down" episode of The Walking Dead ever.
It's safe to assume that Rick will be evening the score for 3 heads come next episode.
"Strangers" understandably couldn't keep up the same action beats as its predecessor, but still gave us plenty of new developments to play with in the meantime and some fairly gruesome walkers.
We may not have gotten any throat ripping or decapitations, but we're still all good. Or mostly good. We're entertained.
Dannnggg!! I'm hooked and, oddly enough, hungry.
Though there's no denying the thrilling and unsettling power of the last two to three minutes of "Strangers," it would be incorrect to label the episode as all build-up.
All in all a solid episode with a satisfying mix of down time and thrills.
If there's one thing "The Walking Dead" can do well, it's constantly one-up itself.
"Strangers" was a fine episode of The Walking Dead that gave us an idea of what Season 5 will focus on.
This was the hour of regrouping, of taking a second to enjoy some communion wine and food drive food with friends, and of reinstating Rick as leader of the group.