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Though a necessary breather from the prior episode's climactic tragedy, "Them" is a slower-than-expected demonstration of unsubtle verbosity.
No new ground is going to be broken here just because we're in Virginia not Georgia and everyone is more tired.
Things got bleak quickly. Like, staring-into-the-void-as-it-stares-back-at-you bleak, Nietzsche off his Zoloft and riding shotgun with Rust Cohle bleak.
This entire episode could have been cut down to maybe 10 minutes tops and summed up as follows: Everyone's sad and thirsty and hungry.
Slow, quiet and sad was very much the order of the day on this week's instalment of The Walking Dead - albeit slow, quiet and sad interspersed with bursts of frenzied zombie killing.
For images like those, "Them" is worth watching, despite the larger limitations of the series being laid bare by the episode itself.
"Them" certainly suffered for asking us to endure such slow, shuffling movement from its characters and plot, but a larger point on reaching one's lowest should nicely set up what's to come.
It wasn't just repetitive because everyone walked and talked, it was repetitive because it did the same thing the show has always done and didn't offer anything new.
This is an episode that reflects something the show is very fond of doing: spelling it out for the audience. I am not the biggest fan of the way The Walking Dead continues to find ways to make everything super clear for everyone.
That was a pretty intense stare-down between Michonne and Sasha.
After last week's incredible episode, I thought the writers got a little talk-y this time around. How many speeches about never giving up do we have to hear before they trust us to get the point?
To see the survivors worn and weary (even more so than usual) was a great change of pace that highlighted some of the hardships beyond the walkers or enemy groups.
The way the show chose to dramatize their grief felt mostly inert and not a great approach immediately after last week's similarly slow episode.