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Loaded with thrilling action, "JSS" is a terrific example of The Walking Dead making the most of its varied characters.
Wow. I don't know if that was the most violent episode of The Walking Dead yet, but it was certainly close. Coupled with the massive season premiere, it does seem like the show has decided to kick things into a higher gear.
Melissa McBride was fantastic this episode, as usual.
One of the more memorable episodes in recent Walking Dead history.
It's the zombocalypse equivalent of E.M. Forster's famous "to only connect", and given the thousands of zombies on the other side of that fence, Enid is going to need all the JSS juice she can find.
"JSS" showcases how susceptible to threat Alexandria is and the kind of ruthless behavior required to maintain its peace and tranquility. Or is it required?
The assault on Alexandria makes for an action-packed episode that's light on character development. It's also more disturbing than your average Walking Dead chapter, thanks to the savagery of the Wolves and the human-on-human murder.
The Walking Dead can still deliver evocative hours of television like "JSS," momentum I hope it can maintain with its split storytelling approach.
Morgan wins the fight and delivers a finishing blow to the man. Whether or not he's alive is something we'll have to wait and see.
While "JSS" capped off a great one-two punch for the first two outings of the season, hopefully next week will slow down enough to at least get the characters in one place...
The raid of Alexandria basically works as a character piece for Carol and Morgan. Its purpose is to show how their differing approaches to a threat have to find a middle ground somewhere.
While the theme is something we've visited several times on this show, "JSS" was full of unexpected action.
"JSS" was a fine meat-and-potatoes zombie-free hour that reminded us that humans are the worst. Rick should have wiped out Alexandria when he had the chance and kept the place for himself.