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Critic Consensus: 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.

Episode Info

A small rescue mission braves a dangerous herd in their hunt for a missing comrade, only to discover a surprising threat that could doom them all.

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Critic Reviews for Evolution

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.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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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.

Mar 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Now, I could not be more pleased with how excited I am about the show again.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As The Walking Dead continues to rebuild, this death is a timely reminder of the rotten soil upon which its new foundation still lies.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

"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.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…