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"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samantha Morton's Alpha is already the most ruthless villain in the history of The Walking Dead.
An okay if largely uneventful episode that's obviously just setting the stage for bigger and more dire episodes to come (I hope).
"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.
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.
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.
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.
I like that Judith doesn't lie to her mom about Negan. I get the sense that this is calculated on her part. It's not that she doesn't have the ability to lie; she just doesn't see a point to it.
This was an interesting look at the tough decisions mothers have to make to protect their kids. On one hand, Alpha uses tough love to teach Lydia about the dangers of the world.