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Though it ultimately sets up more than it pays off, "Bonds" introduces a contentious dynamic between Negan and Alpha that offers some of this season's more memorable character moments.
"Bonds" is just lifeless; a drama-free checklist of setup that fails to draw in the viewer. It has all the narrative impact of a Wikipedia summary, which is disappointing when the show has made obvious table setting much more compelling in the past.
There are a few fun elements to this installment, but it's also an awful lot of the first beats to several subplots just beginning to develop. Episodes like this are what make the show feel more like a standard-issue soap opera, albeit with zombies.
Granted it's hard not to have chemistry with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but Negan's horny proclamations throughout the episode seem like they may actually bear fruit with Alpha.
For comic readers, this arc is very familiar and exciting. It will be interesting to see how this storyline plays out -- and to see if Negan manages to infiltrate the Whisperers.
It is cute to see how unskilled Negan is next to Beta. It really goes far to demonstrate how inept Negan is. He isn't a survivor; he is a boss.
Despite the small amount of padding in this episode, the show looks poised to give us a war that won't bore us to tears.
Carefully lays more groundwork for a full blown Whisperer war. Sure, the showrunners have been teasing that confrontation since the premier, but it's finally starting to feel like the winds of change are blowing - and that's exciting.
As much as there are people who have no desire whatsoever to see Negan get a redemption arc, to see him butting heads with Beta and mixing it up with him, Alpha, and the rest of the Whisperers is a pleasure to watch.
The show is never better than when it takes a character and transforms him or her over the course of multiple seasons, as it has with Carol, and as it has now done with Negan.
All told-in spite of my overarching complaints with regards to the show's broader setup-this was another very good episode. Negan has become, shockingly, one of my favorite characters and he did not disappoint with his first Whisperer encounter.
The Walking Dead delivered a solid episode thanks to Negan's obnoxious interactions with the Whisperers, who seem to have met their match in the form of a dude who can't keep his mouth shut no matter what.
Once again, Negan is sitting at the top of this zombie series sanctuary.