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This is all just characters acting dumb for no reason, and it's all too much for this episode to bear, especially when it plays out so slowly over 90 minutes.
While this has been one the more energetic episodes this year, it's the small preview of the back half of season 8 that looks far more exciting and enticing than what we've seen so far this season.
The stakes in the finale didn't feel nearly as high as they needed to. It's hard to invest emotionally in characters when they seem to be running around toting assault rifles / bin lorries etc to no clear purpose.
Every season, people predict that Carl will die. Even though in the comic books, Carl is very much alive. Chandler Riggs has literally grown up on this show. So to see his character die this way is heartbreaking.
I've gotta say, tonight's episode was pretty good. It felt like retribution for a severely lackluster season.
But, at the same time, it felt like an imitation of the pathos and tragedy The Walking Dead used to produce so effectively. We think Carl deserved a little better.
I had some reservations about "How It's Gotta Be" going in, mainly because I've enjoyed season eight so far, and I was seriously worried the show wouldn't be able to stick the landing.
It's Sad This Is "How It's Gotta Be" On 'The Walking Dead'. This mid-season finale was an insult, a joke and heartbreaking.
On Sunday, The Walking Dead demonstrated that it can still surprise us, if only because it's conditioned us to set our sights so low. Maybe this wasn't the last welcome development up Season 8's sleeve.
Oh joy, a 90 minute long mid-season finale. You know what that means...more waiting around for a plot to arrive.
It's difficult to tell a story when it's difficult to see just what is going on. Not helping the confusion is the fact that How It's Gotta Be jumps between any one of two dozen characters at any point.