Critic Consensus: "The Well" brings a welcome reprieve from the brutality of the season premiere, introducing a colorful new character and focusing on two of The Walking Dead's most fascinating regulars.

Episode Info

Following a number of familiar faces, the group's introduced to a new well-established community that seems too good to be true.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun
as Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Melissa McBride
as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
Michael Cudlitz
as Abraham Ford
Alanna Masterson
as Tara Chambler
Christian Serratos
as Rosita Espinosa
Josh McDermitt
as Eugene Porter
Seth Gilliam
as Gabriel Stokes
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic Reviews for The Well

TWD plays lightly but deliberately on the obvious comparison between Negan and Ezekiel-both charismatic, theatrical, clever leaders who know that their power derives solely from the devotion of their followers.

Oct 31, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

So more horrors await us sooner rather than later, but it's nice to have the occasional respite and argument in favor of humanity.

Oct 31, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

We definitely needed a break after last week's torture, but there really wasn't much of anything happening tonight.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show smartly puts that conversation at the end of "The Well," only it's Carol, not Michonne, who says it to Ezekiel.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

In the case of "The Well," thinking smaller may mean including a wild new character and his pet tiger, but it also means getting a lot of juicy material for The Walking Dead's two best characters.

Oct 31, 2016 | Full Review…

After last episode's horrific, grim exploration of just how many times you can smack a person's head with a baseball bat before it explodes, this week's Walking Dead was a significantly calmer, funnier affair.

Oct 31, 2016 | Full Review…

It was an interesting introduction to another corner of the post-zombie world, and the handful of characters we briefly met were more colorful than those in Alexandria or The Hilltop.

Oct 31, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Watching the two most pacifist members of Rick's group explore this seemingly humanistic new world provided a much-needed respite from the nihilistic violence of "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"-and a welcome change of focus.

Oct 31, 2016 | Full Review…

'The Well' doesn't so much put the breaks on as grind the vehicle to a complete halt. As far as pit stops go, however, this was a mandatory one.

Oct 31, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Where there's life, there's hope," King Ezekiel told Carol - and, by extension, all of us... And, after that brutal Season 7 premiere, it was certainly a message that we needed to hear, even if it was still damn hard to believe.

Oct 31, 2016 | Full Review…