The Walking Dead (2010– )
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Rick faces new difficulties after a battle. Meanwhile, the fight continues in other communities as core members face hard decisions.

Director:

Greg Nicotero

Writers:

Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene (credit only)
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Lennie James ... Morgan Jones
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa
Seth Gilliam ... Gabriel Stokes (credit only)
Ross Marquand ... Aaron (credit only)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Negan
Austin Amelio ... Dwight
Tom Payne ... Paul 'Jesus' Rovia (credit only)
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Storyline

While in the sewer with the survivors from Alexandria, Carl recalls the moment when he was bitten by a walker while bringing Siddiq to Alexandria; the time he spent with his sister Judith and the letters he wrote to his father and friends. When the Saviors leave the spot, Daryl leads the survivors to Hilltop while Rick and Michonne stay with Carl during his last moments. Meanwhile Carol meets Morgan outside Hilltop and they break in to save Ezekiel that is imprisoned of Gavin and the Saviors. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Boom operator Allen Williams III has a special outfit he wears on set. His all-black cooling suit helps keep his reflection off camera while he's working. See more »

Connections

Featured in Talking Dead: How It's Gotta Be (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

At The Bottom Of Everything
(uncredited)
Written by Conor Oberst
Performed by Bright Eyes
Playing during opening sequence
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I'll Make it Real
27 February 2018 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Despite a monumentally controversial decision to kill Carl, The Walking Dead managed to have a satisfying farewell to the most divisive character in the show's long-running history. I really did not care for Carl's bite to be "the most shocking event of the series", like they advertised it to be, but if this is the direction they decided to go, then I thought the outcome wasn't all that bad.

The episode took far too long in getting to that resolution though. Taking around 7 commercial breaks in a 83 minute broadcasted midseason premiere with a bloated but touching goodbye to Carl and Ezekiel's escape being the two main focal points.

Might as well start with what will have the most articles written about it, which is the death of Carl Grimes. As it turns out, that Rick Grimes "dream sequence" was actually a potential future that Carl hoped the Alexandrians could have. I honestly like this resolution way more than any other option. First off, it never made any sense why Rick was the only one who looked 15 years older, while everyone else didn't even age. Secondly, I never like when films or shows reveal that certain characters live through to the "end of the story". It's always seemed like a cheap way to surprise the audience and make them figure out how they survive the story, but in reality it just ruins the viewing experience.

The thing I really thought was handled well was all of the singular goodbyes with the cast. Whether it was Daryl's line about everyone being saved because of Carl, him telling Michonne she's his best friend, passing on his hat to Judith, or all of him and Rick's moments together. It was an emotional episode, and for the most part, they landed the emotional peaks they needed to hit.

Meanwhile, Morgan and Carol went on a little rampage to save Ezekiel from Gavin. It sure looks like Morgan's 'everyone should die' attitude may come to a halt after seeing Henry kill Gavin from behind with a stick. So for the bajillionth time, Morgan is faced with a tough test mentally and physically. Will this be the final straw to send him over to Fear the Walking Dead? Who really knows, but with him leaving, Carl dead, Lauren Cohan's contract up, and Father Gabriel not doing so well, this cast is in the midst of a major shakeup.

No matter, this was a huge episode for The Walking Dead, and although many fans may not share my opinion, I found a lot to like here.

8.5/10


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