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While packed with several gripping plot threads, a rewarding showcase of Negan is what truly makes "What It Always Is" a stand out episode of the season.
Most "Walking Dead" episodes move like molasses, but this week's entry has no less than four significant plot threads going, which at least keeps the pace pulsing. Unfortunately, all but one of those threads have major problems.
As much as I sympathize with Kelly and her rapidly advancing hearing loss, the opening scene does not quite do justice to the events that unfold and the questions answered in this episode.
Can Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) be redeemed?... That's exactly what TWD grapples with on this week's episode, in a metatextual way that doesn't offer any easy answers.
The Whisperers aren't the only ones wearing masks on The Walking Dead, as the writers have been stealthily pointing out throughout season 10 so far.
This entire storyline went nowhere. I'm assuming Magna's heinous attitude, and why she has been planning to run will be addressed at some point, but wow, Magna is getting on my last nerve.
I find myself very interested in seeing these "villains" combine.
The leisurely pace of recent episodes was agonizing, but a stronger focus and more interesting scenarios make "What It Always Is" a far more tolerable viewing experience, albeit one that isn't without its hiccups.
This episode was a strong showcase for Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who gets to play Negan as getting some of his swagger back while also being reminded in bloody and painful ways that he still has a hell of a lot to answer for.
Negan's transformation, from a very bad man to a sort-of-good man is something I had a hard time imagining, but it works remarkably well on screen.
Definitely a bit tougher to hate Negan when we see him with the boy... Their brief bond is tender and hilarious at the same time.
I really like how The Walking Dead is addressing disabilities and PTSD in the zombie apocalypse. And now they are addressing cancer.
The best of the season, so far.