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How It's Gotta Be
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as Rick Grimes
as Daryl Dixon
as Carl Grimes
as Carol Peletier
as Maggie Greene
as Tara Chambler
as Rosita Espinosa
as Eugene Porter
as Gabriel Stokes
as Morgan Jones
as Strange Traveler
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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.
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.
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.
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