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

The Walking Dead: Season 9 Episode 9 Reviews

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Brian Richards
Pajiba
March 27, 2019

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.

Kevin Lever
Tell-Tale TV
February 21, 2019

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alyse Wax
Syfy Wire
February 12, 2019

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.

Alci Rengifo
Entertainment Voice
February 11, 2019

"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.

Nick Venable
CinemaBlend
February 11, 2019

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.

Ron Hogan
Den of Geek
February 11, 2019

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Erik Kain
Forbes
February 11, 2019

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.

James White
Empire Magazine
February 11, 2019

There's the creeping feeling that it hasn't yet done enough to win back a lot of viewers, and the whole tension-between-the-communities angle has apparently taken a backseat for now without much in the way of real resolution.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alexandra August
CBR
February 11, 2019

The producers spent more than eight seasons reinventing the wheel, and while there have certainly been mixed results, "Adaptation" proves the series is capable of scaring, intriguing and entertaining without its longtime anchor.

Noetta Harjo
Geek Girl Authority
February 11, 2019

I think the Whisper storyline will move pretty fast. There's a lot to come, both good and bad. Prepare yourself, this will not end well.

Germain Lussier
io9.com
February 11, 2019

Color me impressed. After giving up on The Walking Dead two seasons ago, to come back and find the beginnings of a new villain and some major characters at even bigger crossroads was a hell of a warm welcome.

Richard Rys
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
February 11, 2019

Not sure I'm ready for Negan's transformation into one of the good guys yet, but the thought of him teaming up with Judith and taking out these skin-mask freaks is a good first step on his road to redemption.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Romano
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
February 11, 2019

All these comic book throwbacks serve as warnings that those casualties we've been worried about may soon come to pass, but the show never serves a beat-for-beat adaptation.

Jeff Stone
indieWire
Top Critic
February 11, 2019

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Alex McLevy
AV Club
Top Critic
February 11, 2019

The Whisperers are f---ing scary, something this show hasn't been in a long time. If only every subplot introduced this episode delivered such intrigue.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Vorel
Paste Magazine
February 11, 2019

Tense, atmospheric and genuinely spooky, it goes a long way in proving that The Whisperers actually work as television villains, against what was perhaps common belief.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Steve Ford
TV Fanatic
February 11, 2019

Here we are more than halfway through the season. And the fact that Rick's absence hasn't negatively impacted the overall pacing is worth noting. However, that doesn't mean the writing isn't still prone to falling into a creative rut from time to time.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Bradley
Vanity Fair
February 11, 2019

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.

Luke Y. Thompson
Nerdist
February 11, 2019

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.

Alex Avard
SFX Magazine
February 11, 2019

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.

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