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Episode: 701
Airdate: October 23, 2016
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Scott M. Gimple (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Six months have passed since the final episode of Season 6, an episode that left a bad taste in the mouths of many as they were forced to wait to see who Negan would choose. The episode ended on a first person perspective of the victim, Lucille coming down on his or her head, watching as the world faded to black. It felt, in many ways, to be an unfair ending to a season that was – to be honest – rather uneven at times. And while cliffhangers have a long and storied tradition in Hollywood, it still felt a little cheap. So with tonight’s big reveal, is all forgiven in Walking Dead Land?

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss plot points of The Walking Dead S07E01, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 610
Airdate: February 21, 2016
Directed by: Kari Skogland
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Angela Kang, Corey Reed (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

The bad news: tonight’s episode does not maintain the high standard put up by last week’s episode. The good news: that bar was pretty damned high, so even falling short this was a very enjoyable episode, with some nice twists and more than a few surprises. Click through for my complete review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss plot points of The Walking Dead S06E10, “The Next World” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 609
Airdate: February 14, 2016
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Seth Hoffman (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

After a serious downturn in episode quality over the latter half of Part A of this season, I was beginning to lose faith in Messrs. Gimple, Nicotero, and co. And then they give me tonight’s episode. From an opening that absolutely blew me away, through a second act that just ramped things up, and ending with a third act that put nearly everyone we know and love to watch in grave peril, this episode had it all. Having just finished watching the episode twice, I can’t say for certain whether this is due primarily to what I just saw, or if the poor showing of the last several episodes is having an undue effect on my opinion, but this felt like one of the best episodes I’ve seen of TWD ever. Time and further viewings may adjust this initial impression, but I suspect it won’t fall far short of that assessment. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss plot points of The Walking Dead S06E09, “No Way Out” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 607
Airdate: November 22, 2015
Directed by: David Boyd
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Channing Powell (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

“Everybody’s got their problems ain’t no new news here
I’m the same old trouble you’ve been havin’ for years”
– Mellencamp and Green

John Mellencamp’s lyrics from what might as well be the theme song for tonight’s episode (see the link below the break), are appropriate on a number of levels. Most obviously, we have the walkers, clearly an “old trouble” the group has been facing for years now. Then, you have the problem with idiots abounding (how have people like Spencer – or, to be honest, Enid – survived this long?). And finally, in the case of the current season of The Walking Dead, it’s the same old problem we’ve been having the last three episodes (and a bit further back for the less generous than myself): sub-par outings with lots of niggling logical flaws and red herrings leading to nowhere. Tonight’s episode was, in my opinion, clearly better than the last two outings, but it was still nowhere near as good as what this team has shown itself to be capable of. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss plot points of The Walking Dead S06E07, “Heads Up” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 606
Airdate: November 15, 2015
Directed by: Jeffrey F. January
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Heather Bellson (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

After last week’s amateur hour, I was really hoping that this week, with a return to Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha, would provide us with something a little more solid. Ultimately, that’s exactly what we got: something a little more solid, but not much more than that. Click through for my snapshot review of Episode 606.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss plot points of The Walking Dead S06E06, “Always Accountable” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 605
Airdate: November 8, 2015
Directed by: Avi Youabian
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Corey Reed (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Same characters we know and love. Same location we’ve become familiar with. Same stakes as always. So why did tonight’s episode fall flat in so many ways? There were mishits tonight in scripting, acting, and directorial choices that created the perfect trifecta of bad. The result? For my money, the nadir of the entire show so far, in any season. I admit, this may be the rosy glasses talking a bit. Yes, I remember how much Season 2 dragged at times, how many side stories were explored and quickly abandoned with no apparent affect on the main narrative arc, how much bad acting was a part of almost every episode (and I’m not just talking Lori and Shane – Carl and Rick have improved a ton over the last couple of seasons). But when you’ve had a string of quality episodes going back the better part of two and a half seasons, where even the hiccups had at least some character development (“Slabtown”), a truly flat episode like tonight’s sticks out all the more. Click through for my complete review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E05, “Now” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 604
Airdate: November 1, 2015
Directed by: Stephen Williams
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Scott M. Gimple (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Tonight’s episode was a hugely gutsy move. Last season, we went all-out for the first three episodes, and came to a lurching halt with Episode 504, “Slabtown.” The change of pace jarred the narrative flow of the first half of the season, a flow that wasn’t really recaptured until the mid-season finale. “Here’s Not Here,” clocking in at one and a half hours, takes the same chance as last year’s fourth outing – only this time around, it works very well indeed. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E04, “Here’s Not Here” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 603
Airdate: October 25, 2015
Directed by: Michael Slovis
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Angela Kang (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Heavy. I can’t really say anything about this episode at all without giving away major spoilers. Yes, the title of my review is a spoiler – there is a strong possibility that someone big dies tonight – I’m just not saying who until after the break. So, if you’ve watched the episode, click on through to the other side. If not, watch it, then click through.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E03, “Thank You” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 602
Airdate: October 18, 2015
Directed by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Seth Hoffman (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Best episode ever? If not, I’d have to firmly place this in my top two or three, right up there with last season’s premiere and follow-up. After last week’s relatively slow start (albeit with the sudden tension of the mysterious air horn at the very end), I was wondering how long it would take Gimple and co. to ramp things up in this sixth season. Wonder no more: things just got a lot hotter in Alexandria. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E02, “JSS” – read more at your own risk.>>
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