The post apocalyptic zombie juggernaut THE WALKING DEAD, returns after “All out War” with a bold new direction.
Make no mistake, these will be Rick Grime’s final episodes.
From the outset, this episode felt fresh because it pushed the show’s new direction (helmed by recently installed showrunner Angela Kang). It had a beautifully designed comic book inspired title sequence and even a time jump in tow. The much discussed time jump places the show around a year to a year and a half after the end of season 8.
Greg Nicotero resumes his directorial duties (he often directs the opening episode of each season) and the results are emphatic. Nicotero manages to encapsulate the original spirit of the show and gives it a real ‘zombie western’ feel - visceral and visually stunning with tender moments between key characters play out beautifully.
We join a united group of survivors-headed by Rick (Andrew Lincoln), scavenging supplies in Washington D.C from the national museum. The opening sequence picks up where we left off with the relationship between Rick and the other leaders being harmonious.
The tension is rife in this first instalment of the season but the real conflict takes place after the events of the opening sequence cause a rift between Rick and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to be at loggerheads. Daryl (Norman Reedus) is leading the saviours at this point and sides with Maggies as well.
By episode’s end we are left in no doubt that these initial cracks will form the basis of the drama to come from this half of Season 9 and it will be tumultuous.
The line in the sand has been drawn between Rick and Maggie and the consequences for all involved will be dire.
- Watched on Fox. 08/10/2018