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The Walking Dead delivers an unnerving midseason cliffhanger -- and a new and terrifying threat -- although some viewers may feel that the ghoulish Whisperers are a retread of the same old antagonists with a new, rotting face.
The mid-season cliffhanger isn't much of one, and the new conflict on the horizon seems like yet another "our side versus a pack of psychopaths" story that the show has so thoroughly covered before.
The longer "The Walking Dead" keeps operating on what amounts to life support, the higher the chance that the series, like its latest death, will go out less with a shout than a whisper.
It's a clever enough wrinkle, and even if it again creates the standard Walking Dead scenario of us-vs.-them struggles, it's at least closer to garbage-people weirdness than a new crew of Saviors.
The Walking Dead has put together its best half-season in years, quite possibly since Rick and Shane's relationship spiraled out of control leading to walkers overrunning Hershel's barn.
Definitely one of the best mid-season finales in the show's history, and the fact that it leaned so strongly into its horror elements more than it usually does only added to that, even if it did involve losing another one of the show's best actors.
What I do have a problem with is that even after revealing its next big villains, TWD STILL doesn't bother to key us in on all of the most basic information the audience is still missing after the six-year time skip.
It's completely shocking... and exactly the sort of change-up that Angela Kang continues to inject into season 9 of the series, revitalizing it creatively and turning in the best season of The Walking Dead at least since season 6.
The Walking Dead has always been its own worst enemy when it comes to the immediate horror of its setting, desensitising its audience to the fear factor of the zombies with inevitable oversaturation.
I think refocusing on characters - how they deal with tragedy and new experiences, and what binds them together - has made it feel revitalized and less like the struggling comic book adaptation it had become.
Now, I could not be more pleased with how excited I am about the show again.
As The Walking Dead continues to rebuild, this death is a timely reminder of the rotten soil upon which its new foundation still lies.
"Evolution" was exactly the episode that The Walking Dead needed going into its hiatus, as it pushed the series into uncharted territory with a hefty -- and shocking -- reveal of the series' newest threat.