The Walking Dead: Season 9 Episode 7 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Walking Dead: Season 9 Episode 7 Reviews

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Nick Statt
The Verge
November 20, 2018

When The Walking Dead stops playing games, it still knows how to be quietly effective and dramatic television, and that's the reason I signed up to watch back in 2010 in the first place.

Bryan Bishop
The Verge
November 20, 2018

When The Walking Dead stops playing games, it still knows how to be quietly effective and dramatic television, and that's the reason I signed up to watch back in 2010 in the first place.

Brian Richards
Pajiba
November 20, 2018

Another decent episode that was charitable enough to give us some hint as to what happened to Maggie and Hershel and where they might be, while also preparing us for the eventual reveal of The Whisperers.

Alex Avard
SFX Magazine
November 19, 2018

As another fleeting mid-season affair with lightheartedness for The Walking Dead, it holds some agreeable pockets of black comedy.

Steve Ford
TV Fanatic
November 19, 2018

Often felt sluggish and unfocused... That doesn't necessarily mean "Stradavarius" was throwaway or filler, as it did set a few things in motion and provided some insight into some interesting developments that have taken place since the time jump.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Vorel
Paste Magazine
November 19, 2018

Manages the feat it always seems to manage, which is creating a world that continues to be interesting and seemingly full of potential, but then profoundly frustrating you at the same time with incredibly basic lapses in competent storytelling.

Full Review | Original Score: 6.6/10
Alex McLevy
AV Club
Top Critic
November 19, 2018

With our attention back on Carol and Daryl, the show may not have given us anything all that compelling, but at least it remembered what it's supposed to do: Give us drama based on the people we're invested in.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeff Stone
indieWire
Top Critic
November 19, 2018

"The Walking Dead" has shifted back to auto-pilot, meandering around with very little drive until the November finale. The creative surge the show displayed early on this season is quickly dwindling.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Nick Romano
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
November 19, 2018

These exchanges -- the monologuing that goes on to relay the episodes' main revelations -- have become formulaic. There needs to be a point to the events so a character asks a question and another character explains the meaning of the episode.

Richard Rys
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
November 19, 2018

In short -- mostly ho-hum filler in advance of the mid-season finale.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James White
Empire Magazine
November 19, 2018

There are always episodes of The Walking Dead that feel a little like the writing team putting the pieces into place for finales, and with the mid-season break coming up after next week's installment, Stradivarius certainly had that whiff about it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Bricken
io9.com
November 19, 2018

Picks up the pace on the various storylines and does an excellent job putting them all together to keep a decent sense of momentum going, something that last week's episode was noticeably lacking.

Noetta Harjo
Geek Girl Authority
November 19, 2018

It's great that the writers want us to see how everyone comes together to solve one problem. We should be used to a slow episode every now and then.

Nick Venable
CinemaBlend
November 19, 2018

Thankfully, the second time jump has added some depth to Daryl's narrative, and "Stradivarius" shined a bigger light on where the character's headspace is at these days.

Alexandra August
CBR
November 19, 2018

The Walking Dead got a much-needed breather this week with "Stradivarius," which also marks Michael Cudlitz's directorial debut on the series. It's not as good as Abraham miraculously rebounding from his untimely death, but we'll take it.

Erik Kain
Forbes
November 19, 2018

The creepy factor here is through the roof, something The Walking Dead hasn't pulled off in ages. This is supposed to be a scary show, but it hasn't been in quite a while. Now we have real terror again.

Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
November 19, 2018

The action is somewhat empty and everything seems to lead us up to a non-finish, but you can see plot pieces falling into place for the future.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
November 18, 2018

Stradivarius might have been the least exciting episode of the season, but it was still eventful enough to feel like something was happening.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ron Hogan
Den of Geek
November 18, 2018

The newer characters will integrate in time, but they can't be forced in after nine seasons.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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