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Episode 9: No Way Out

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Aug 23, 2016 9:47PM EDT
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What a way to start back up! This amazing episode was worth the few months wait, and it set the tone for the second half of the season: get ready, cause its about to go down. We all knew that with "Start to Finish" ending with Sam stupidly saying "mom, mom, MOM" while in the middle of a walker horde that not all of them were going to survive. And it wasn't a surprise that Jessie and her two sons didn't make it. Not to mention Michonne killing Ron, which sets off the gun he's holding that hits Carl. This is the second time that Rick has seen his son shot - and this time in the middle of a walker horde? And then there is Denise and the Wolf, both having great character development. Denise being scared at first, knowing she is the new 'Doctor' of Alexandria and then stepping up to the plate and trying to diagnose and humanize the Wolf that is holding her captive. The Wolf is then humanized when he sacrifices himself for Denise. Sasha, Daryl, and Abraham after already kicking some Saviors' ass come back and help eliminate the horde in a beautiful sequence packed with action and suspense, almost like watching a blockbuster at the theater. Lastly there is the Alexandrian's, living in their safe community, unaware of whats going on outside, not knowing how to fight, pick up themselves by their bootstraps and get to work; the horde is eliminated with everyone fighting to live and survive. All in all an amazing episode, one of the greatest of the series so far. Action sequences that are movie worthy, gripping storylines, character development, and of course, walkers. A day in the life for The Walking Dead.
What a way to start back up! This amazing episode was worth the few months wait, and it set the tone for the second half of the season: get ready, cause its about to go down. We all knew that with "Start to Finish" ending with Sam stupidly saying "mom, mom, MOM" while in the middle of a walker horde that not all of them were going to survive. And it wasn't a surprise that Jessie and her two sons didn't make it. Not to mention Michonne killing Ron, which sets off the gun he's holding that hits Carl. This is the second time that Rick has seen his son shot - and this time in the middle of a walker horde? And then there is Denise and the Wolf, both having great character development. Denise being scared at first, knowing she is the new 'Doctor' of Alexandria and then stepping up to the plate and trying to diagnose and humanize the Wolf that is holding her captive. The Wolf is then humanized when he sacrifices himself for Denise. Sasha, Daryl, and Abraham after already kicking some Saviors' ass come back and help eliminate the horde in a beautiful sequence packed with action and suspense, almost like watching a blockbuster at the theater. Lastly there is the Alexandrian's, living in their safe community, unaware of whats going on outside, not knowing how to fight, pick up themselves by their bootstraps and get to work; the horde is eliminated with everyone fighting to live and survive. All in all an amazing episode, one of the greatest of the series so far. Action sequences that are movie worthy, gripping storylines, character development, and of course, walkers. A day in the life for The Walking Dead.
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by TomX117
Aug 21, 2016 2:44AM EDT
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Despite being a midseason premier episode, this episode really should have been the midseason finale instead. No Way Out ends the story arc of The Great Alexandrian Zombie Drive of 2016 that started at the beginning of the season. Given that the next episode starts the new story arc, it seems odd having this episode disconnect from the the 8 episodes before. But binge watchers should have no problem with this. The conclusion of the the arc is otherwise a little lackluster. What started as a phenomenal beginning to the season ends in a nearly unbelievable way given the scale of what Rick and the Alexandrians were up against and how it was made out to be impossible. A solution that involved more of a plan instead of brute force might have been more satisfying. Otherwise, if you can suspend disbelief, the episode is still a climactic ending to the arc with plenty of powerful moments and plenty of good ol' fashioned walker killing.
Despite being a midseason premier episode, this episode really should have been the midseason finale instead. No Way Out ends the story arc of The Great Alexandrian Zombie Drive of 2016 that started at the beginning of the season. Given that the next episode starts the new story arc, it seems odd having this episode disconnect from the the 8 episodes before. But binge watchers should have no problem with this. The conclusion of the the arc is otherwise a little lackluster. What started as a phenomenal beginning to the season ends in a nearly unbelievable way given the scale of what Rick and the Alexandrians were up against and how it was made out to be impossible. A solution that involved more of a plan instead of brute force might have been more satisfying. Otherwise, if you can suspend disbelief, the episode is still a climactic ending to the arc with plenty of powerful moments and plenty of good ol' fashioned walker killing.
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