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Vintage-style action and the spark of a hot new romance make "The Next World" a gratifying successor to the shocking mid-season premiere.
Serious things happen in "The Next World"... but overall the episode is about things that just seem so...unnecessary.
I'm wondering if this isn't some new spin-off show we're watching. The Waking Dad, perhaps.
This week's most entertaining stretch was Rick and Daryl's excellent adventure in search of Orange Crush for Dr Denise, and sorghum seeds for Eugene.
The Walking Dead is too good to dwell in the doldrums forever. That's just math.
Regardless of how dissonant those two stories feel, "The Next World" is a pretty effective little low-key hour.
This episode [is] a vanilla-scented stroll through the land of country sunshine and biscuits...with sex. It [is] a well-deserved deep breath for us Walking Dead fans.
...a gate way for some new kinds of Walking Dead storytelling, and that's something we sorely need on the road to our next big bad.
Thankfully, this episode featured [Rick and Daryl] front and center on a supply run, and it was one-million percent amazing.
It is satisfying to see The Walking Dead take time to focus on smaller interpersonal moments as a way of supplementing the table setting that is Jesus' arrival.
'The Next World' is unusual but striking and satisfying. It dares to be different and is bound to prove divisive, with some fans doubtless lamenting the lack of gore and zombie action.
Despite having a few moments of danger, "The Next World" was the lightest, most joy-filled episode of The Walking Dead since the start.
A small sense of normalcy settled into the community, even after the bloodbath that littered the streets with walkers.