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The Walking Dead: Season 8 Episode 11 Reviews

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Alyse Wax
Syfy Wire
July 2, 2018

This was another middling episode. Not terrible, but not particularly engaging. I am really tired of Gabriel's blind religious devotion.

Rob Bricken
io9.com
May 10, 2018

"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.

Charlie Mason
TV Line
March 12, 2018

I'm stunned that I feel remotely bad for Dwight, and I hate that at every turning point (i.e. Jadis), the show turns away altogether and focuses on some other story.

Dustin Rowles
Uproxx
March 12, 2018

How's that for God's plan?

Alex Avard
SFX Magazine
March 12, 2018

Dead or Alive or was is a half-step backwards after two confident strides forward for The Walking Dead season 8, with a couple of interesting footnotes to a generally innocuous chapter of filler, no killer.

James White
Empire Magazine
March 12, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
March 12, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Jeff Stone
indieWire
Top Critic
March 11, 2018

The good news is that there's some necessary character progress for Dwight, whose changing of allegiances hasn't been fully addressed.

Full Review | Original Score: B
John Saavedra
Den of Geek
March 11, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Ford
TV Fanatic
March 11, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Romano
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
March 11, 2018

Yes, thank god, this seems like an opportunity for a real tension-building walker battle... Just kidding -- it isn't that suspenseful.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Charles Bramesco
New York Times
Top Critic
March 11, 2018

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.

Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
March 11, 2018

For the most part, shoehorning in zombie kills feels like empty calories but here it gave us a nice break from the meandering story.

Full Review | Original Score: 6.9/10
Luke Holland
Guardian
Top Critic
March 11, 2018

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.

Jim Vorel
Paste Magazine
March 11, 2018

We are officially at a point in this show when one of the leading obstacles of an episode was "the characters don't have good directions."

Full Review | Original Score: 5.3/10
Erik Kain
Forbes
March 11, 2018

The Walking Dead was once again not nearly as bad as the first half of Season 8... we had some decent character drama, some tense moments, and a zombie-guts-covered Lucille.

Noel Murray
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
March 11, 2018

It's been a while since The Walking Dead delivered an episode as fundamentally entertaining as this week's installment.

Clara Mae
Nerdist
March 11, 2018

The fact of the matter is, as we begin to run low on characters we have longstanding, genuine connections to, the harder it is to stay invested.

Laura Bogart
AV Club
Top Critic
March 11, 2018

This episode, which is Rick-less and mostly free from the fallout of Carl's death, reminds us that the show is often at its strongest in delivering smaller, more intimate character moments.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Richard Rys
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
March 11, 2018

These little skirmishes are dull, no matter how ingenious or gory the details. It's getting harder to keep the story moving when everyone is waiting for the one thing that won't happen until the season finale.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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