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Tense, atmospheric, and slow-burning, "Consumed" occasionally overdoses on flashbacks but manages to convey psychological depth while making the most of its urban setting.
The Walking Dead has always excelled at episodes like this -- quiet, atmospheric hours with a lot of zombie-killing and snatches of dialogue that say more than an introspective soliloquy could.
Carol is not so sure we're allowed to save people in this zombie-ridden hellscape, and Daryl, in his own quiet way, is trying to make sure she can at least save herself.
Nearly five and a half seasons in, and The Walking Dead continues to give us bizarre and inventive new walker encounters.
The big theme in this chapter is identity, as Caryl struggles to reconcile past and present.
"Consumed" was a welcome return to two of the show's most compelling characters, turning the focus onto Daryl and Carol for an hour that crackled with tension and finally gave two of our least talkative survivors a chance to speak their minds.
It's just an hour of killing time, with two fan-favorite characters - and even at doing that, The Walking Dead is still much better than it was in seasons past.
While it still seems like a bizarre climax to structure the first half of the season around, "Consumed" proved a reasonably strong survivor's tale overall.
How can we complain about the show giving its two most popular characters an entire hour of just being those characters for us? Call it fan service, but it worked.
This week's episode of The Walking Dead should stand out as it features two of the show's best characters, a pair who internalize a lot and are the outsiders in a group of outsiders.
All that wide open space and concrete set the teeth on edge in a way that hearkened back to season one of The Walking Dead.
I hope that this hospital storyline is worth all of the screentime that it's been getting. I'm already bored with it, but the show doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get past this.
Taking the time to slow down and have the characters -- in this case, Daryl and Carol -- evaluate who they have become in the post-zombie apocalypse world is exactly what The Walking Dead needs, and excels at.