The Walking Dead: Season 9 Episode 5 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Walking Dead: Season 9 Episode 5 Reviews

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Megan McCluskey
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
November 9, 2018

The Walking Dead has a sprawling cast of characters, but the story at its core has always revolved around Rick's leadership of the group of survivors.

Debra Yeo
Toronto Star
Top Critic
November 7, 2018

They have shamelessly manipulated our affection for Rick...

Luke Y. Thompson
Nerdist
November 7, 2018

If you think a Citizen Kane reference is a reach, consider that much of this week was basically Bridge on the River Kwai.

Brian Richards
Pajiba
November 6, 2018

Despite Rick's horse making me shake my damn head at times, despite Maggie and Negan's scene together succumbing to the trope/cliche... this episode was one more reason why this season has been an entertaining ride.

Karl Quinn
The Age (Australia)
Top Critic
November 5, 2018

With some genuinely tense moments and its grappling with the big themes, What Comes After provided a fittingly bloody and poetic exit for the character around whom The Walking Dead was built.

Melanie McFarland
Salon.com
Top Critic
November 5, 2018

Let us recognize that maybe Rick is exiting at the right time both for the show and for "The Walking Dead" in general.

Erica Mariera
Culturess
November 5, 2018

We're getting Christmas Carol vibes from this whole experience, with each spirit trying to tell or teach Rick something.

Hank Stuever
Washington Post
Top Critic
November 5, 2018

It still delivers on a simple formula.

Laura Bradley
Vanity Fair
November 5, 2018

This is the Walking Dead's heart now, and it has been for a long time. And it's just as dead as the rotting corpses that populate it.

Bill Keveney
USA Today
Top Critic
November 5, 2018

By the end, however, the zombie action-thriller's leading man appears to be 180 degrees from the show's title: He isn't walking, but he isn't dead, either.

Kate Gardner
The Mary Sue
November 5, 2018

Not everything needs to be a cinematic universe. Sometimes, stories can end. Rick Grimes's story needs to end. The Walking Dead probably needs a better idea of an endgame.

Alexandra August
CBR
November 5, 2018

"What Comes After," with its double-take of a twist and then a triple-take of a time jump, manages to simultaneously end one chapter of The Walking Dead and crack a new one wide open.

Brian Lowry
CNN.com
Top Critic
November 5, 2018

It all felt far too cute -- another magic trick designed to play with audience expectations that, once again, opened the show to charges of toying with fans' emotions.

Rebecca Murray
Showbiz Junkies
November 5, 2018

That Rick's exit would come as part of the Jadis/helicopter storyline was unexpected but actually a pretty interesting way to end his The Walking Dead storyline.

Melissa Leon
The Daily Beast
November 5, 2018

The Walking Dead has not always deserved its insanely dedicated lead actor, but does its damnedest to rise to this occasion. If only it stuck the landing.

Rebecca Hawkes
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 5, 2018

Given Lincoln's popularity with the cast, the desire on the part of the producers to retain him as long as possible is understandable. But, artistically speaking, perhaps the biggest shame is that his on-screen death didn't happen sooner.

Nick Venable
CinemaBlend
November 5, 2018

Rick actually survived beyond the end of the episode... Knowing that, these cameos do lose a bit of their emotional strength, but they're still perfectly fitting ways to honor Andrew Lincoln's work on The Walking Dead across nine seasons.

Alyse Wax
Syfy Wire
November 5, 2018

In a show like this, killing off characters is like breathing. I like the idea that Rick will be somewhere, hidden from his family.

Rob Bricken
io9.com
November 5, 2018

Call it bold, crazy, stupid, fantastic, infuriating, whatever -- I can't remember the last time a Walking Dead episode ended with my jaw on the floor.

Noetta Harjo
Geek Girl Authority
November 5, 2018

I was bawling like a baby. I enjoyed all of the callbacks to episode one. And seeing the return of Jon Bernthal, Scott Wilson and Sonequa Martin-Green was heartwarming.

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