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Continuing the slow burn of The Walking Dead's fifth season, "Crossed" highlights the whole cast in preparation for what should be a humdinger of a mid-season finale.
I remain amazed at how well this season's slow-burn approach is paying off for The Walking Dead.
So far, season five has been strongest in its quietest moments, excavating moments of humanity and pathos between its characters, and that held true in "Crossed."
As the show approaches its mid-season finale we're treated to an episode featuring a careless clergyman, a failed kidnapping and Daryl doling out more gruesome death blows.
There's a lot going on, as the pace quickens and the stakes ratchet up ahead of next week's mid-season finale.
After a few weeks where our merry band of survivors split up and the show spent entire episodes focusing on a single strand of the story, Sunday's episode, "Crossed," finally started bringing them back together.
All things considered, "Crossed" is another strong episode, one that directly benefits from the creative changes made to the show the last year-and-a-half, building up plenty of steam as it heads towards it winter hiatus.
"Crossed" seemed somewhat saddled with the task of setting up the ultimate midseason finale confrontation, while keeping the other storylines in a holding pattern.
While we thoroughly enjoyed this hour, it's very much all setup and checking in before the next big face-off.
Tyler James Williams is a joy to watch.
The Walking Dead Season 5 finally hit a rotten egg in "Crossed."
Most of what we saw was table-setting for next week's mid-season finale, and man, it promises to be a doozy.
Glenn and Co. emerge from their fishing expedition a little too cheery to be headed into a mid-season finale. (Tara is literally playing with a yo-yo. This cannot end well.)