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The Walking Dead: Season 8 Episode 5 Reviews

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Alyse Wax
Syfy Wire
July 9, 2018

I didn't find this to be a satisfying "villain reveal" episode.

Rob Bricken
May 14, 2018

"The Big Scary U" was a reminder that the show can be legitimately excellent TV thanks to its first truly thoughtful and compelling look at Negan-and the reason why he calls his people the Saviors.

Alexandra August
December 12, 2017

"The Big Scary U" finally gave us a much-needed break from the "All Out War" storyline in the form of an incredibly revelatory episode about Negan and the philosophy that guides him.

Mark Trammell
TV Equals
November 21, 2017

I've quite enjoyed the season so far. Any complaints that last season was too slow-moving have been readily addressed- there's already been more action this season damn near than the last two seasons combined.

Morgan Jeffery
Digital Spy
November 20, 2017

'The Big Scary U' did so much for the Negan character, more than his previous 11 appearances put together.

Nick Statt
The Verge
November 20, 2017

... one of the best episodes the show has produced in quite some time.

Sarah Moran
November 20, 2017

"The Big Scary U" is an episode that's longer than it needs to be, includes extraneous scenes that seem to only be there to pad out the runtime, but it somehow also contains some of the best scenes in season 8.

Shaunna Murphy
November 20, 2017

"The Big Scary U" did convey for the first time ever why so many Saviors - the proletariat class especially - remain loyal to Negan, even when a seemingly much better option like Rick Grimes comes along.

Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
November 20, 2017

This wasn't the biggest episode of the season, but at least it set in motion some intriguing storylines.

Sam Loveridge
SFX Magazine
November 20, 2017

Thankfully, the The Big Scary U has delivered. At last. It finally resolves the whole caravan situation - but in true Walking Dead style - does it in the slowest possible manner.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Saavedra
Den of Geek
November 20, 2017

The Walking Dead delivers the best Negan episode of the series. It's not amazing, but it's a start.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
November 19, 2017

Who knew that we needed Negan and Gabriel locked in a trailer to peel away some of the cartoonishness of this season's Big Bad? Negan got to be his cool, confident monologuer but with a touch of humanity.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
Jeff Stone
Top Critic
November 19, 2017

It's a Negan episode. Wait, don't go! It's actually much better than it sounds! In fact, "The Big Scary U" is not only the best episode of Season 8, it might be better than any episode from Season 7.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Steve Ford
TV Fanatic
November 19, 2017

While the first four episodes of the season were heavy on action, "The Big Scary U" took a significantly dialed back approach. But that didn't mean nothing fun or exciting happened during the hour.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Charles Bramesco
New York Times
Top Critic
November 19, 2017

Gabriel locked with a psychopath in a trailer... At least this craven move frees up Gabriel for a bottle episode that mines for substantive truths about human behavior during periods of extreme crisis. It largely strikes pay dirt.

Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
November 19, 2017

It was really cool to see a slightly different side of Negan this week in "The Big Scary U." We've basically been watching one side of this character over and over for an entire season, the same mannerisms and messaging, and it's been a disservice.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
Clara Mae
November 19, 2017

One of my favorite aspects of "The Big Scary U" is how the cinematography works to reinforce how, at the end of the day and regardless of power structures, both Gabriel and Negan are only human.

Noel Murray
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
November 19, 2017

This week's episode -- "The Big Scary U" -- is an unusual hour of TWD, with about a third of it dedicated to flashbacks that are meant to fill in some crucial story-gaps. It's also the best episode of the season so far.

Erik Kain
November 19, 2017

I knew it was too good to be true. After last week's surprisingly good episode, we return to the doldrums. In fact, Sunday night's dialogue-heavy "The Big Scary U" may just be the worst episode of the season.

Laura Bradley
Vanity Fair
November 19, 2017

No matter how hard this drama tries to mine depth from Negan, its efforts will always fail -- because charismatic as Jeffrey Dean Morgan might be, he's playing a character who is still, at heart, a 2-D comic book villain.

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