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"Time for After" improves on TWD's previous episode by focusing on Eugene's emotional struggle.
"Time for After" has probably the most important plot development in Season 8 since the premiere, so why does it feel like such a shrug?
This episode of The Walking Dead won't be scrawled down in the history books as one of the most memorable, but it was certainly an improvement on last week's sprawling bore.
This chapter is also about one man wrestling with both his soul and his survival instinct. This character's always going to skew toward the cartoonish. Beneath all his bluster, however, Eugene is a fairly complex, somewhat relatable guy.
Eugene is an interesting lens through which to see this side of Negan. He's a tactician. A coward, yes, but someone who thinks it all out and makes the best possible decision for himself based on all empirical evidence.
Why Daryl Why? Ugh! I get that he wanted to end it ASAP. We all want it to end. But he didn't even go in to look for Negan. Now the Saviors can get out and attack Alexandria or Hilltop or both!
I feel like a broken record: "I understand that they have to hit certain story beats, and they have a specific number of episodes to fill, but can't they do a better job of filling them?"
An episode that managed to be tense, interesting, and extremely aggravating, mostly all at once.
Thankfully, it's slightly better than expected. Only slightly, but it's a definite improvement on the drawn out, yawn fest that was episode 6.
The bases are loaded for next week's midseason finale.
One of many major issues with the "All-Out War" arc has been the extended time it's spent on thankless storylines with B-characters like Eugene, Jesus, Gregory, and Aaron, who have done nothing to merit the screen time they've been given.
Overall, Time After was a decent episode, but it underscored the big problem for the first half of this season. The wonky pacing.
Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead was another surprisingly good episode in a mostly disappointing season.