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"The Distance" is an improvement over the previous episode with an exciting new direction, even if the plot itself is somewhat confusing.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this episode was its implication that both Aaron and his offer were genuine.
In "The Distance," the sunrise that greets Aaron's arrival really does seem to mark a new day for The Walking Dead -- the dawn before which last week's depressing slog was darkest.
It's too morally tentative to make a story like this one come into sharp focus
This week's episode doesn't quite make up for last week's slow pace, but it's a start. My main
It seems The Walking Dead has at last gotten back to asking the right questions, rather than spouting insoluble platitudes about coping with tragedy, and "The Distance" very much gets its message across.
On the whole, I wasn't that impressed with this episode... although Rick killing the Walker with a flare gun was a really fun moment.
The introduction of Aaron at the very end was exciting. Seeing him oddly clean and calmly asking to speak with Rick felt like the potential for the story to shift gears, to change directions towards something new and exciting.
The Walking Dead isn't quite off the hook after "The Distance," but I'd bet anyone a dollar that it was the best of the three episodes we've seen in Season 5B so far.
Though there were some terrifying moments in "The Distance" -- especially a nighttime attack by walkers that was the stuff of a full-on horror movie -- at times, the storytelling felt a little confusing to me.
"The Distance" was a distinct step up in pacing and drama from last week's languid episode of The Walking Dead and went a long way toward moving the series toward what could potentially be its new status quo.
This was a superior episode all around from the last two, and I'm curious to at least see the start of everyone's time in Alexandria, even if it's safe to assume the end will be a bad one.
In terms of non-walker-related intrigue, "The Distance" successfully uses Michonne's hopefulness as a potent counter to Rick's willful suspicion.