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The Walking Dead: Season 9 Episode 8 Reviews

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Brian Richards
Pajiba
March 27, 2019

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.

Dustin Rowles
Uproxx
November 27, 2018

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.

Alex Avard
SFX Magazine
November 27, 2018

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.

Luke Y. Thompson
Nerdist
November 26, 2018

This week, [Nicotero] delivered, not just by infusing more blood, guts, and jeopardy than normal, but also by embracing horror movie tropes...

Nick Statt
The Verge
November 26, 2018

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.

Bryan Bishop
The Verge
November 26, 2018

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

Brian Lowry
CNN.com
Top Critic
November 26, 2018

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.

Laura Bradley
Vanity Fair
November 26, 2018

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

Steve Ford
TV Fanatic
November 26, 2018

"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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jim Vorel
Paste Magazine
November 26, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Alex McLevy
AV Club
Top Critic
November 26, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeff Stone
indieWire
Top Critic
November 26, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nick Romano
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
November 26, 2018

The midseason finale felt like one of the stronger episodes of this new show that miraculously sprang up in the middle of season 9.

Richard Rys
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
November 26, 2018

Between this new threat and an old one, it's a solid cliffhanger that raises the stakes for the final eight episodes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Bricken
io9.com
November 26, 2018

Happily, the mid-season finale kept up the streak by including a few shockers, an excellent cliffhanger, and only a few instances where you want to punch someone through your screen.

Noetta Harjo
Geek Girl Authority
November 26, 2018

Jesus' death fits in the storyline... Thanks Tom Payne! Jesus was fun to watch. RIP Paul Rovia.

Alexandra August
CBR
November 26, 2018

Season 9 has not only accomplished an incredibly ambitious reset of the show without its anchor character, it's also shifted back to its roots in horror and fear. And the midseason finale, "Evolution," is a shining example of that achievement.

Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
November 26, 2018

Unruly teens aside, The Walking Dead's midseason finale, "Evolution," was a solid, streamlined chapter that took us into a shadowy graveyard for a creepy moonlit introduction to the Whisperers.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
Erik Kain
Forbes
November 26, 2018

In any case, the Season 9 midseason finale was an excellent episode from start to finish, wrapping up the best half-season this show has had in ages -- maybe ever.

Ron Hogan
Den of Geek
November 26, 2018

While not every episode of The Walking Dead season 9 has been a five-star classic, the first eight have been some of the most solid work in the program's recent history.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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