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I May Destroy You
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"East" meanders quite a bit, but it also makes room for some thrills and leaves viewers with a huge cliffhanger leading into the season finale.
In case you were wondering, even though she's soured on the idea of killing people, Carol Peletier is still a stone-cold badass. Meanwhile, everyone else is still an idiot.
The most successful storyline this episode is Daryl's, because it's simple and makes perfect sense.
One week out from the season finale, we knew there'd be blood, that we'd have to brace for loss. But not this much. Easter or not, some crosses are just too great to bear.
The episode is notable for images that are lucidly expressive of people's sensory apprehension of their world.
"East" is a mess of unbelievable twists, unsatisfying dramatic rises, and a series of increasingly awkward, stumbling cliffhangers.
The twist's poor timing and construction cements a widening gulf between fans and the kind of manipulative storytelling The Walking Dead has fallen into.
An hour of half-baked heroics that devolve into contrived crises.
There almost seemed to be an air of contempt towards the audience this week... "East" was like watching a crappy magician try to pull off some sleight of hand.
We aren't done with death yet. Not even close.
'East'... was pretty darned good at moving everyone around, aptly maintaining a high level of tension throughout the hour... and giving heart attacks to a particularly randy set of Walking Dead fans.
Though, there is something exciting and nerve-wracking of not really knowing what's going to happen next. And while this was an engrossing episode because of anticipation, it was really just setup for the main event.
Next week's season finale can't come at a better time as the showrunners' creativity seems to be winding down following an amazing string of post mid-season premiere episodes.