The Walking Dead - Season 7, Episode 9 - Rotten Tomatoes


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.

Episode Info

Rick and the group are led to a new community, where they are introduced to its inhabitants and ruler; and a familiar face resurfaces.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Melissa McBride
as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
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 Rock in the Road

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.

February 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The entire crew had their moment to shine. Rock in the Road essentially doubled as the best post-apocalyptic school reunion ever.

February 12, 2017 | Full Review…

"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.

February 13, 2017 | Full Review…

With only about 20 minutes left, we do start getting some glimmers of interesting and unpredictable developments.

February 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Rock in the Road" is a decent enough attempt at course correction, and of repaying some of the goodwill lost by a terminally joyless, frequently defeatist first half of a season.

February 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Understandably, "Rock in the Road" serves largely as a functional hour, prone to reminding us of what certain characters have been up to.

June 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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