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"The Lost and the Plunderers" takes a segmented approach to focus on individual characters -- albeit with mixed results.
"The Lost and the Plunderers" focuses on one character at a time, with each character getting a title card to go with their segment. This allows the episode to futz a bit with chronology, but it's mostly just window dressing on a pretty basic episode.
As seems to be par for the course these days, The Lost And The Plunderers was a case of the show lacking real definition and struggling within itself.
It was a surprise that the decision to divide the episode into character chapters not only made sense but meaningfully raised the stakes. It's a lesson for the future - less student disco music, more dour pretension.
Carl's death tries to fill the empty space between the events of the hour, but it only gives the impression that season 8 so far doesn't have a clear plan to get to its conclusion - much like Rick's wobbly logic.
Zipping between various characters' points of view kept it brisk. It had some great moments and climaxed with a nice chat between Rick and Negan which, while hardly the diner scene in Heat, raised the stakes nicely.
RIP Scavengers. I'm sure they had a purpose, but it was never revealed in the show.
The episode is divided into chapters based on characters, mainly so the episode can provide the opening with a cliffhanger by mucking about with time. It's forced, but it's basically fine.
If you've stuck with The Walking Dead this far, episode 10 is your reward. And it's been a long time coming.
Just for a moment, [Negan] lived like a real person beyond the screen. And it's probably the best scene we've ever gotten from him.
With the best Negan and Rick interaction yet and the trashing (ha-ha) of one of the dumbest factions in show history, The Lost and the Plunderers was a pretty great episode.
After last week's overwritten midseason premiere of The Walking Dead, the series returned this week with one of its stronger installments.
I think the A and B plots were solid this week with Rick, Michonne, Negan and Simon all making their next moves.