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An okay capper to a strong half-season, "Coda" alternates between electrifying tension and a meandering plot.
The loss of Beth will serve as the dramatic impetus for [the rest still alive], rippling out across the group to remind them that there are no happy endings here -- that even when they're together, they'll never truly be safe.
Okay, so as good as The Walking Dead has gotten this season, it still isn't perfect. As proof, I give you "Coda," a mid-season finale which almost, but not entirely, manages to squander the goodwill the show has been building for itself all fall.
The electrifying opening of "Coda" doesn't foreshadow the devastating exit of Beth, but it comes to suggest something about the rivalry between Rick's group and the Grady Memorial staff.
Acting as a mid-season finale, "Coda" is mostly an hour of unevenly-paced narrative, highlighted by a final act that abandons the season's slow-burning narrative to get to its signature moment of shock.
Midseason finales of The Walking Dead have steadily proven more and more difficult to construct.
Felt like the culling of narrative dead weight that the show needed. Unfortunately, that's about the only thing about this mid-season finale (the "jumbo shrimp" of TV programming) that we agreed with.
As we approached the midseason finale of The Walking Dead, one question hung over the proceedings: What could happen in the episode to make Norman Reedus cry?
Season 5 of The Walking Dead began swiftly... Things have slowed down since. But there was still a feeling that the midseason finale, titled "Coda," would go out with a bang. And so it did.
While Beth's death was a major one, and there were some solid moments, this episode unfortunately meandered about until it rushed things at the end. The midseason finale didn't quite hold onto that strong start the The Walking Dead Season 5 initiated.
As a midseason capper, "Coda" was a bit of a mixed bag. But then we came back from the commercial break and the episode had skipped a few beats.
[I] accept last week's underwhelming episode as a necessary evil that was putting all the pieces in place for what I hoped would be a strong conclusion tonight. Instead, "Coda" was just as limp and disappointing as "Crossed."
Season 5 has been largely about The Walking Dead showing restraint, but holding back didn't work out for "Coda." The Grady Memorial Hospital plot was already boring and underdeveloped, and it went out on a boring note and underexplained.