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Focusing on different characters and presenting a new walker threat, "Dead Or Alive Or" is an entertaining episode -- though one that struggles to build suspense.
The good news is that there's some necessary character progress for Dwight, whose changing of allegiances hasn't been fully addressed.
A slight tick up in terms of entertainment value this week, Dead Or Alive Or still suffers from moments of utter frustration and plot lines whose conclusion you could guess even if you were only told the setup.
Yes, thank god, this seems like an opportunity for a real tension-building walker battle... Just kidding -- it isn't that suspenseful.
For now, the show gets to have its cake and eat it too: The distant beacon of happiness buoys episodes from week to week, while the writers remain free to slather on the misery in the present.
While this episode was hardly a whizz-popping gauntlet of OMGs and vibrant, explosive dismemberments, it gave us just enough to gnaw on to elevate it above the turgid filler episodes occasionally slopped out in the past.
I am a little disappointed. I know Carl died a couple episodes ago, but for these people, that was yesterday. It's like, the writers just brushed it off, like Carl didn't mean anything.
This was another middling episode. Not terrible, but not particularly engaging. I am really tired of Gabriel's blind religious devotion.
"Dead or Alive or" is a bit of a check-in, a bit of re-arranging, and even a bit of housecleaning, all tied together by a very special appearance.
Dead or Alive Or never quite clicked. There was some decent advancement to many subplots, but it lacked the intensity of the past three episodes.
While the episode does feel padded with a bit of filler at times, there's a refreshing focus on walkers in "Dead or Alive Or" that works in its favor.
I am pleasantly surprised that The Walking Dead actually showed some restraint with not using this (swamp) scenario as an excuse to kill off some characters just for the sake of doing so or to simply throw a little gore into the episode.
For the most part, shoehorning in zombie kills feels like empty calories but here it gave us a nice break from the meandering story.