When I was in college, I took a course in interpersonal communications. In particular, I can recall with a strange amount of clarity a skit I did with a group where we explained the primacy and recency effects. The short version: Primacy effect is when you tend to recall things that come at the beginning of a series, whereas the recency effect is when you recall things that happen at the end of the series. While watching television is mostly a passive experience, that principle of interpersonal communication is used frequently by different television series. Shows will use the opening of their show to get the audience excited for what is to come, or have an ending that will keep people talking
around the water cooler on internet message boards throughout the week until the next episode airs. In the case of The Walking Dead, the show spent the final five minutes of the episode attempting to make us forget about the dreadful 40 minutes that came before it. If you fell victim to the recency effect, you may have come away satisfied with what you saw tonight. However, if you recall the aimless scenes which proceeded it, you may wonder what was accomplished by tonight’s episode. The answer is nothing, unless of course you enjoy watching people turning in literal and metaphorical circles.