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By returning to its roots, "A New Beginning" pumps fresh blood into TWD and inspires hope for a brighter future.
Kang [producer] wastes no time in establishing the new status quo. The premiere isn't called "A New Beginning" for nothing
Don't worry, though: the tough, fierce Carol you know and love hasn't disappeared.
A New Beginning proceeded briskly and, in contrast to previous seasons, it moved freely between storylines rather than spending an entire episode bogged down with just one or two characters.
This pilot is an optimistic indicator that 'The Walking Dead' can still bloom on this shaky ground of the apocalypse. [Full Review in Spanish]
For a few fleeting moments, season nine starts to feel like season one.
The great thing about this episode was balance. It has just enough action to keep the viewer's attention and enough dialog to give the audience enough information about what's been going on.
We can probably thank new showrunner (and longtime show writer) Angela Kang for the productive shift in tone.
Focusing on hope and possibility instead doesn't just make for a new start; it makes for a drastically improved piece of television.
Although this episode is wall-to-wall insanity like some season premieres have been in the past, it serves as a review of what our characters have been through up to this point and as a preview of the challenges the future holds.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this episode - far more than any episode last season. Maybe it is the sense of optimism; maybe it is because there were more zombies in this episode than in the entirety of Season 8.
I'll definitely miss Xander Berkeley's performances, since no one will ever deliver a more impactful line delivery of the word "rhetorical" than the actor. It's a testament to his work that Gregory gets on every last one of my nerves.
"A New Beginning" lives up to its name, both for the show and its characters.