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While a Beth-centric episode feels unnecessary, "Slabtown" is an example of how the occasional departure from the main story can have its own tension and sense of place.
It's not that Beth is a bad character, she's just been surpassed by so many others in terms of intrigue and sympathy... It appears this episode is looking to rectify that situation.
I like how they're teaming people off and breaking them up this season; it fleshes out the worldview a bit more, and we all get a break from Rick and Carl's overly intense father/son dynamic.
I really enjoyed "Slabtown," particularly as a more low-key respite from the intense battle with Terminus that led off the season.
Turns out, nothing good has been happening to Beth, which should surprise no one.
[W]here "Slabtown" might lack in interesting narrative... it makes up for with rich world construction, crafting a short film out of Beth's bloody hospital adventure.
This was a nothing episode..."Slabtown" asked us to invest in plot and characters we'd never before had reason to care for. So, what are we left with?
Beth as badass is boring, you'll pardon the alliteration.
Points awarded here for creativity and differentiation. I mean, think of these types of "left turns" as primers for the spinoff headed our way.
That scene when Noah gave an inspirational speech to Beth about how nobody knew how strong they were... might be the worst thing I've ever seen on this show.
After all the go-go-go Rick-vs.-Gareth gore-o-rama of Season 5's first three installments, this hour... [was] satisfying if only because Singing Beth was too busy getting pushed around to bust into one of her endless uncatchy ditties.
The struggle with "Slabtown" is there's no Andrew Lincoln or Melissa McBride to carry things along. We're forced to invest in actress Emily Kinney and her ability to make Beth Greene a compelling force (which actually works out fairly well).
"Slabtown" felt like the first filler episode of the new season of The Walking Dead.