By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
Another Non-Rick Episode
I hate to beat a dead horse again and again, but the episodes of The Walking Dead that do not feature Rick Grimes are, by far, the weakest of the series. I thought the writers had finally turned a corner with episode two, which was a strong one despite not featuring the show’s main character. I thought the writers had learned that the key to a good bottle episode of The Walking Dead was not sacrificing action and story development. I thought the writers learned all the right lessons, and then an episode focused entirely on Morgan came along. It’s not that I don’t like the character, because I absolutely do. The timing of this episode is what bothers me. Last week’s episode may have featured the death of a fan-favorite character, and it ended with Rick being surrounded by a herd of walkers. I expected this to be a Morgan-centric episode from the previews, but that didn’t make it anymore enjoyable (actually, I thought it would feature the rest of the cast when I saw that it was a 90-minute episode). It didn’t do anything to move the story along, and the writers took what could have been a 15-minute Morgan webisode and stretched it out to 90-minutes. Why? Last week ended on one of the biggest cliffhangers of the series’ history. Why on earth would the writers kill the momentum of the show this way? Hopefully this will be but a speed bump along the way, but The Walking Dead has been killing it since the beginning of last season. I don’t want to go back to dreading upcoming episodes like I did in season four.
Thanks for reading!