Critic Consensus: Incorporating a growing sense of optimism into the bleakness of its continuing arc, "Rock in the Road" is an energized and amusing setup for a climactic, imminent war.
as Rick Grimes
as Daryl Dixon
as Carl Grimes
as Carol Peletier
as Maggie Greene
as Tara Chambler
as Rosita Espinosa
as Eugene Porter
as Gabriel Stokes
as Morgan Jones
as Spencer Monroe
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The good news is that "Rock In The Road" moves pretty briskly... there's some fresh zombie action, and no Negan to be found (save for a brief radio message). It's a welcome respite from the repetitive misery of the first half of the season.
The entire crew had their moment to shine. Rock in the Road essentially doubled as the best post-apocalyptic school reunion ever.
"Rock in the Road," is the showrunners' attempt at watching Rick amass an army. It doesn't come about in a standard sort of way, either. But by the end, the seeds have been sewn, the bricks laid.
With only about 20 minutes left, we do start getting some glimmers of interesting and unpredictable developments.
Understandably, "Rock in the Road" serves largely as a functional hour, prone to reminding us of what certain characters have been up to.
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