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Critic Consensus: "Guardians" presents dual stories of tested leadership with thematic resonance and provides the malevolent Alpha a plump opportunity to demonstrate her villainy -- although The Walking Dead is still withholding crucial context from viewers longing to understand the motivations of their heroes.

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The new turns and twists, the plot thickens.

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Critic Reviews for Guardians

The Walking Dead has so conditioned us to expect the worst (especially when characters start displaying empathy), that it taints what should be a nice redemptive moment for Michonne.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Samantha Morton continues to remind us of how amazing and compelling she is as Alpha, and kudos to the show's writers for giving her so much good material to work with.

Mar 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The fact is this: The Whisperers are "interesting" antagonists. They can be creepy or spooky antagonists. But capable and competent antagonists? That they most certainly aren't.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 5.4/10 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead veers so wildly between good and bad, it's actually sort of refreshing when an episode is simply fine. Tonight's episode was exactly that.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Samantha Morton's Alpha is already the most ruthless villain in the history of The Walking Dead.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The scenes depicting life among the Whisperers are far more interesting than a lot of what we've been getting from our heroes in the back half of season nine.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Offers an up-close-and-personal look at two very different leaders who share one thing -- a willingness to do (almost) anything necessary to keep their people safe.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Largely a meditation on leadership, and different attitudes to maintaining control in an apocalyptic world. Unfortunately, none of the examples presented led to exactly compelling drama or anything in the way of new material for the show.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An okay if largely uneventful episode that's obviously just setting the stage for bigger and more dire episodes to come (I hope).

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

"Guardians" is one of the most well-rounded episodes of The Walking Dead Season 9, and it's a fine return to form for a show that has shown marked improvement under the direction of Angela Kang.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…