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The Walking Dead: "Always Accountable" (Season 6, Episode 6)

Another so-so episode that was largely set up for the future. It partially redeemed itself, however, with an absolutely breathtaking visualization of a burned forest. Only a show this morbid could pull that off.

It's back to Darryl, Sasha and Abraham tonight. Mostly Darryl in quantity and quality. Sasha and Abraham's vignette is a series of blatant gestures that are ultimately boring. Darryl at least has that forest.

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The Walking Dead: "Now" (Season 6, Epsiode 5)

After three compelling episodes of action and one of sincere character development, the writers decided to downshift tonight. And I'll be darned if they didn't completely stall out. As in snoozeville.

The Alexandria safe zone is now under siege by a host of Walkers so we spent our hour on random vignettes with the people inside. These might have worked as asides layered into other episodes. Jammed together so inelegantly in one episode, however, it was contrived and boring, never able to rise above its obvious purpose as filler. 

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The Walking Dead: "Here's Not Here" (Season 6, Episode 4)

This is why I watch this show. Every so often it produces some truly great television. Tonight it did so as a fable about mercy and the precious nature of life, right smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Go figure.

It's a simple setup, an episode in a bottle. It felt like one of those old Twilight Zone episodes where two people talk a lot. It worked, too, in the same ambling way.

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The Walking Dead: "Thank You" (Season Six, Episode 3)

Well that was one weird episode. It strongly indicates the death of a major character in an uninspired fit of nihilism, while also hedging its bets so they could still chicken out. It also continues this season's trend of simple through line action, but tonight weighs the action down with some tired rehash material. Overall, it's still a thumbs up. Just not as enthusiastically as the last two weeks.

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