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"Adaptation" creepily fleshes out the Whisperers beyond their rotting camouflage to chilling effect and teases that redemption for the irredeemable Negan may be possible -- adding up to a solid and satisfying return for The Walking Dead.
It's easy to see where Negan's story this episode is going from about the second vignette, but it's still effective. At first he's delighted to be outside in the fresh air.
The episode was a solid return for The Walking Dead, and does a very convincing job of showing us just how much of a threat that The Whisperers are going to be for everyone.
The Walking Dead is at its best when everyone is out of their comfort zone, and with isolation and fear taking hold of characters, it's a wonderful way to start the back half of the season.
My favorite line this week is when Eugene sees a horde of zombies coming at them, and he wonders if they are live or "original recipe" walkers.
While The Walking Dead is certainly not the only series to use manipulative storytelling to drum up suspense, the way this time jump has been deployed remains mostly frustrating.
Every major move Negan makes toward goodness this week is taken straight from the "babyface turn" template that companies like WWE have perfected over decades.
A surprisingly subdued episode of The Walking Dead that featured not a single major or minor character death, instead taking the time to colour in its heroes and villains with richer shades of humanity.
I've taken a shine to Judith; I hope she doesn't leave the show for the Rick Grimes movies along with Michonne. Let Negan become her surrogate father
"Adaptation" signals this season as being more about the showdown with the Whisperers than with the ever present dead. Take this mid-season opener as merely a first chapter, with hopes that the next few will only get more bloody interesting.
Alpha barely spoke, but a threat such as this doesn't need further extrapolation. Effectively chilling, largely because of how underplayed it was, and obviously because of the looming shotgun.
It's not a new show, but there is a renewed focus on building and improving on neglected familiar characters, while bringing new characters -- both protagonist and antagonist -- to refresh the universe.
Every now and then, scraps of dialogue have that whiff of bad writing. But for the most part, it was a decent midseason premiere, and the final cliffhanger was great.