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"Conquer" addresses some unresolved issues with suspense and, as a good finale should, paves the way for season six, even if it leaves a few threads untied.
The heartwarming plot point of Morgan on a journey to find his friend quickly became heartbreaking when they arrived back at Alexandria.
This finale had a lot to do, and it nailed some of its crescendos a little more smoothly than others.
Are we OK with the fact that all of our core heroes will return in the fall, when we'll crank up the old death-watch machine once again? Was the contract fulfilled? Let's say yes.
A whopping hour and a half (with commercials) instead of the usual hour. And for good reason, there was a lot of ground to cover.
For the first time in years, we can be excited by The Walking Dead's unpredictability once more.
Just straight-up poor writing, forcing nonsensical and unlikely scenarios on the audience because they can't or won't figure out a plausible way to get from Point A to Point B in the story.
Let me start at the end and say that if the goal of a finale is to provide enough resolution to satisfy the viewers who have stuck you with for a full season, but also introduce the elements that lure us in for the next, then mission f'ing accomplished.
Most importantly, this was a finale where I was actually pumped to see where things would be going next.
If you were expecting an episode that culminated in a shocking death, you may have been disappointed. If you were looking for suspenseful, thrilling action that should set up an epic Season 6, you are in luck.
From start to finish, this episode-aptly titled "Conquer"-was the knockout conclusion that this incredible season deserved, a fact made all the more surprising by the way it didn't deliver what fans have come to expect.
"Conquer" just sort of sits there. It gets some pieces moved to where they need to be, and it had a hell of a lot of style, but the ending was disappointingly flat.
It looks like things could be getting good. Pity it's taken until the end of the season to get there.