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"The Same Boat" takes a strong female focus by continuing Carol's arc while deepening viewer anticipation for Negan's ominous arrival.
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?
"Your people are killers, Carol," Paula said on Sunday. "That makes you a killer." She didn't know the half of it.
It's hard to imagine that TWD's toughest character is about to become a Morgan-like pacifist. But maybe she's about to realize that if she keeps killing everyone she thinks of as an "other," soon she'll be the last person on Earth.
"The Same Boat" works best when we see just how much Carol's efforts to stay alive and move past tragedy have cost her.
The Walking Dead is asking just how far it can push its characters to the edge of complete damnation: and most importantly, "The Same Boat" finds the heart of that idea in Carol.
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.
A female-dominated bottle episode that happens to be one of The Walking Dead's best all season, and a surprisingly introspective look at motherhood, faith, brutality, and the ever-blurrier line between the good guys and the bad.
Putting two beloved characters in the cross hairs this week led to another riveting and stress-filled episode.
It's already a crime that McBride hasn't scored more awards recognition for her stellar work on The Walking Dead - did these guys not see 'The Grove'? If 'The Same Boat' doesn't win this captivating actress an Emmy, then nothing will.