Critic Consensus: "Now" provides deeper portrayals of some of the Alexandria crew -- but at the expense of furthering the stories of the Walking Dead characters we actually care about.

Episode Info

The mood in Alexandria is quite grim after a number of setbacks, which might prove too much for the sheltered citizens inside the gates.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun
as Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Melissa McBride
as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
Michael Cudlitz
as Abraham Ford
Alanna Masterson
as Tara Chambler
Christian Serratos
as Rosita Espinosa
Josh McDermitt
as Eugene Porter
Seth Gilliam
as Gabriel Stokes
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic Reviews for Now

This episode covers some necessary character turns, but it mostly feels like checking off boxes before getting back to the exciting stuff.

Nov 9, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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It seems every season of The Walking Dead has to include a dud like this one-an episode that keeps time and lets its characters catch their breath after suffering through their latest traumas.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The relatively uneventful episode allowed us to catch our collective breaths as we returned to Alexandria, which has finally gotten a dose of what the world is like "Now."

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

So much of what we've seen thus far hammers home the idea of Alexandrians as weaklings and redshirts anyway, and "Now" gave us some decent opportunity to actually care about a few.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

What a dud. I can't emphasize how much I disliked this episode, and it wasn't just because we never learned Glenn's fate. This was just a classic spinning wheels episode all around.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

"Now" is not a bad episode of The Walking Dead, but it does seem like a clear comedown, following the excellent "Here's Not Here" from last week and the three episodes that started this season off with a real jolt.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The Oscar for the episode's best speech goes to ... Jessie. All she did this episode was give Tweet-worthy quotes.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

There's an interesting formula: 1 x the greater good = 1 x the lesser bad. If that isn't the most succinct and devastating critique of the self-justifying corruption of political elites you'll ever find in a TV show about zombies ... I don't know what is.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

"Now" is about accepting the reality of the moment, reality of course being quite subjective, it seems.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The rest of this week's installment - which wasn't my favorite, just to put that out there - tracked the Alexandrians' sputtering efforts to finally accept how the world is "now," which was the episode's title.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…