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The Walking Dead: "Conquer" (Season 5, Episode 16)

Call it the Good, the Bad, and the Meh. This year's finale was an odd mixture of things interesting and silly, things that ultimately worked better in the closing moments than they really deserved to, right up until the moment...

It just kind of ended. It almost felt like they ran out of film. Or megabytes these days, I suppose.      

"The Good"

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The Walking Dead: "Four Walls and a Roof" (Season 5, Episode 3)

 

"Besides, I already made you a promise."

You're on your knees, and the guy saying that doesn't smile. It's not a good situation. It is, however, cathartic for the audience when the guy on his knees is a smug young cannibal whose luck has just run out.

So what was that promise anyway? Let's see... Oh, yeah. Back in the season premiere, when asked to detail his litany of weapons for said smug young cannibal, Rick concluded thus: "...and a machete with a red handle. That's what I'm going to use to kill you."

Uh oh.

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The Walking Dead: "Strangers" (Season 5, Episode 2)

 

Well, that was pretty gross. A new winner for the most gruesome Walkers ever and a cliffhanger that explores new depths of douchebag villainy. I think we're all going to enjoy Gareth's ultimate demise in a way we couldn't appreciate the rather tedious Governor's departure. We were just relieved to see the latter finally gone (fingers crossed).

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The Walking Dead: "Infected" (Season 4, Episode 2)

Walking Dead: “Infected” (Season 4, Episode 2)

So that creepy dead pig shot from last episode did signify something after all. There you go. Unfortunately, this episode, despite its plethora of faux frantic activity, felt flat. Sort of going through the motions of being terrorized by hordes of flesh-eating zombies. A life and death struggle phoned in.

We open with a picturesque shot of the moon. That quickly shifts to the round halo of a flashlight. Reasonably artistic. That then leads to someone feeding rats to walkers at the fence, presumably to lure them in.

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