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"Who Are You Now?" swiftly establishes a new world order in The Walking Dead without Rick Grimes, effectively conveying the progression of the survivors, but some viewers may feel adrift in what feels like the umpteenth re-set for the series.
The primary issue with "Who Are You Now" is that Michonne is now the knee-jerk xenophobe... It's not utterly derailing -- Michonne comes around by the end of the episode -- but it's still disheartening on top of being repetitive.
Some storylines had moments of flare and decent interactions, but it all mostly felt like what has gone before.
We're teased with a brief glimpse of the next threat that looms (and groans). But the fun in this episode comes in seeing how different nearly everything has become in the AG (After Grimes) era.
I love that it feels like a whole new show, because The Walking Dead needed to become a whole new show to survive. I never thought they'd pull it off, but so far this may be the longest stretch of good episodes this show has ever aired.
Despite the fact that many of us are still getting used to the idea of Andrew Lincoln-as-Rick and Lauren Cohan-as-Maggie being gone, this episode does an impressive job of keeping both the story and the momentum going forward.
Rosita is with -- wait for it -- Gabriel! That might be the show's biggest curveball, but rest assured: Eugene is still creepily pining over his longtime friend, because some things just never change.
[Rick Grimes'] absence is still keenly felt, but for the most part, life has gone on... "Where Are You Now?" spends a fair amount of its energy delicately laying the foundations of the way things are in the present. It's a far cry from where we left off.
It needed to fully close out Rick's story while also planting enough seeds to make possibilities seem endless in the future. For the most part, it did just that, and I never found myself wishing for Rick and Maggie to show up and carry a scene.
RJ!! OMG!! I knew we were getting a Richonne Baby, but the reality is so amazing to watch. I hope we get to see more of him.
While the season premiere recalibrated the show to something that felt fresh and energized in a way it hadn't been for years, "Who Are You Now?" was mostly a return to the dull, heavy-handed, and dour ways of the past.
Carol is once again in psychopath territory. Thankfully, that's our favorite Carol.
Granted, it's only one episode, but the fact that The Walking Dead has found a way to continue telling compelling stories without its star is an extremely promising sign.