The World Before
The Walking Dead Season 10

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Critic Ratings: 20
Critics Consensus

A somewhat anticlimatic and uneven effort, "The World Before" still manages to leave the door open for a engaging slate of plot threads in the second half of TWD's 10th season.

Episode Info

Carol pushes boundaries that make Daryl uncomfortable. Alpha and Beta have reservations about someone.

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Critic Reviews for The World Before

For the most part, "The World Before" is a perfectly solid "Walking Dead" entry. It successfully juggles several storylines without feeling as inconsequential as "Bonds," probably because some stories are just beginning while others are winding down.

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Any concerns about an unresolved cliffhanger for the Dante/Sid showdown are dispelled right away in what turns out to be a tense, satisfying midseason finale.

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Not a bad episode, but as a midseason finale, it could've been better and given us more reason to care about everything that's happening and to look forward to the eventual war against the Whisperers.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

The first half of season 10 of The Walking Dead flew by.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Carol has a mini-meltdown in the forest and Daryl confronts her... It is a sweet, tender moment. I don't really ship them, but it makes a hell of a lot more sense than trying to force a Daryl/Connie romance to happen.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

What a nasty, lovely cliffhanger for this mid-season finale! Better than waiting around to see Negan kill people like a few seasons ago.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

"The World Before" marks a perfectly tolerable denouement for what has been a radically inconsistent collection of episodes for season 10 so far. Events are now primed for what I hope is a punchier and more satisfying latter half.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

We still ended up with Pirate Michonne by midseason, which feels pretty good.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Heroes abandoned their morality, characters were so focused on killing bad guys they became idiots, and some supremely ludicrous things happened, all to set up a "shocking" ending that was completely unearned.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It was underwhelming, but only in the sense that we expected more from a midseason finale.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

As much as I like The Walking Dead story building and the character development, this silent warfare is slow. The Whisperers are definitely in control and it's frustrating. It's time for Team Family to get a win.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

In some respects, it worked. In others, it felt like the producers forgot about a lot of storylines that should have gotten resolved, or at the very least, gotten some more steam to keep fans pondering as they await the next batch of episodes.

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…