Critic Consensus: "The Same Boat" takes a strong female focus by continuing Carol's arc while deepening viewer anticipation for Negan's ominous arrival.
as Rick Grimes
as Daryl Dixon
as Glenn Rhee
as Carl Grimes
as Carol Peletier
as Maggie Greene
as Abraham Ford
as Tara Chambler
as Rosita Espinosa
as Eugene Porter
as Gabriel Stokes
as Morgan Jones
as Jessie Anderson
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic reviews for The Same Boat
The show's primary stance is usually 'Rick is always right,' so a serious effort to undermine that might generate some kind of backlash. I personally think the show's much stronger for approaching this material and hopefully, the audience agrees.
I actually liked that we spent so much time with the new characters - Maggie establishing a bond as a (potential) mother, Carol with Paula as a fellow spirit that was set free by the apocalypse. It's exactly why they were both so upset by what happened.
If The Walking Dead just full-on turned into The Carol Show, would anyone really mind?
I appreciate how subtly the writers are taking us on this journey with the characters.
It's strange that even a bottle episode of sorts couldn't keep up the character work.
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