A New Beginning
The Walking Dead Season 9



Critic Ratings: 28
Critics Consensus

By returning to its roots, "A New Beginning" pumps fresh blood into TWD and inspires hope for a brighter future.

Episode Info

The Season 9 premiere: Rick and his group make a risky run into Washington, D.C., to search for artifacts they will need to build the civilization he and Carl envisioned.


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Critic Reviews for A New Beginning

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.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Kang [producer] wastes no time in establishing the new status quo. The premiere isn't called "A New Beginning" for nothing

Oct 7, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Don't worry, though: the tough, fierce Carol you know and love hasn't disappeared.

Oct 7, 2018 | Full Review…

This pilot is an optimistic indicator that 'The Walking Dead' can still bloom on this shaky ground of the apocalypse. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

For a few fleeting moments, season nine starts to feel like season one.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 95 | Full Review…

We can probably thank new showrunner (and longtime show writer) Angela Kang for the productive shift in tone.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Focusing on hope and possibility instead doesn't just make for a new start; it makes for a drastically improved piece of television.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 9, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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