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"Mercy" mixes mysterious time-hopping sequences with explosive action to create a more hopeful premiere than previous seasons of The Walking Dead.
As the show's producers promised, plenty of firepower was on display.
Yes, things happen this episode, it's just the way they happen range from "by the numbers" to "pretty dumb."
For once, things are actually not all horrible, sad and depressing on The Walking Dead. It's pretty exciting.
Will we see Rick's mercy ultimately prevail over his wrath? For the first time in a while, we're intrigued to find out.
I'm still excited about this season, especially after the last season was so frustrating. I'm ready to see my favorite people have some good things happen to them. No matter how short lived it is, I just want to see them smile.
Longtime fans of the series hoping for the glory days of the show will be very pleased with what they see.
'Mercy,' Season 8's premiere episode, was underwhelming, especially following last season's opener, the unignorable 'The Day Will Come When You Won't Be,' which resulted in brutal, gruesome character deaths we still haven't recovered from.
I mostly liked this episode. It got off to a slow start, but then the war part began and I was sold.
"Mercy" is a pretty solid start to the new season, which is heartening after a painfully slow season six and seven.
While this year's premiere had a far less twists and turns than last year's ... there was still an itty bit of drama to spare.
Luckily, "Mercy" manages delivers on both action and self-reflection without getting in its own way.
The showdown itself makes for tense television, but the ease with which Rick and his coalition of fighters amassed a small army and a mountain of firearms for their assault feels utterly out of step with last season.