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"Knots Untie" is an excellent, albeit unevenly scripted, foundation for the dangerous and degenerative societal clash it foreshadows.
It's off to war! With an unknown enemy! Everyone knowing it's probably going to end badly for at least some of them!
"Knots Unite" is especially exhausting because even the turning of the plot screws that aren't pointing to the eventual meet un-cute between Rick's band of survivors and Neegan are rife with portent.
The first hints are dropped that mankind is truly rebuilding society from the ashes of the zombie apocalypse.
There was evidence of evolution on Sunday - indeed, the episode was lousy with signs of rebirth and renewal, not the least of which was the fact that our tour guide was a guy called Jesus.
Granted, "Knots Untie" seems largely to have engineered itself around the setup for future conflicts, rather than present many compelling moments of its own...thankless work in that respect.
If anything, this episode, in addition to heading down its new road and doing a decent job of setting up what's next, it really did offer a hopeful future.
Man, the game is afoot. For the first time ever, I feel like The Walking Dead is actually starting to build a world.
"Knots Untie" did what it needed to-Rick is moving headfirst into Negan's orbit and they'll have it out. But it was a little clunky getting there as if the episode just wanted to get it over with.
The Walking Dead works best when it gives its characters something to do in addition to their regular zombie-stompin' duties. Maggie proves a pretty adept negotiator, getting the same deal as The Saviors without resorting to violence.
The Walking Dead gave us a great example of entropy in the world of the zombie post-apocalypse in "Knots Untied" and strong hints that maintaining the order the survivors have finally achieved may come at a cost they're unable to pay.
This season has strongly recovered from its stalled middle portion and it doesn't appear to be letting up one bit as the build to the confrontation with Negan continues.
Maggie's efforts at diplomacy may not make for the same heart-pounding action of Rick trapped alone in a tank, but what they tell us about ourselves-especially in a topsy-turvy election year-may be more important.