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The Walking Dead Recap Season 7, Episode 14, "The Other Side"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 14, "The Other Side"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 14, "The Other Side"

The absence of dialogue in the scenes before the opening credits of this week's episode of The Walking Dead, “The Other Side,” makes Maggie (Lauren Cohan) seem nearly iconic: a legend in the making. Throughout these scenes, she teaches knife-throwing and does that benevolent-leader thing of acknowledging people by placing a reassuring hand on their shoulder. It's good to see her, since she's been absent from the last few episodes, and particularly gratifying to see her looking good, almost as happy and loose as Rick and Michonne did during their extended supply run in “Say Yes.”

The Walking Dead Recap Season 7, Episode 8, "Hearts Still Beating"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 8, "Hearts Still Beating"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 8, "Hearts Still Beating"

This season's start was as bleak as any in The Walking Dead's history, but the show's midseason finale closed on a major note of hope. Tested by the fire of Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) sadistic dictatorship, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and most of his core group wound up stronger than ever, determined to stand up to their tormentor—and to do it together. “Hearts Still Beating” ends on a shadowy figure who's spying on our survivors, the close-up of his (or her?) boots establishing that it's the same person who shadowed Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Rick on their supply run earlier that day.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 7, Episode 5, "Go Getters"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 5, "Go Getters"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 5, "Go Getters"

One of the things that has kept me loyal to The Walking Dead over the years is its matter-of-fact feminism. Some of the best fighters and most strategic thinkers in Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) gender-neutral meritocracy have always been women, and they were usually toughened up by the kinds of trials that all too often turn women into skilled survivors, like the spousal abuse Carol endured or the loss of an adored child that galvanized Michonne (Danai Gurira), a somewhat passive and subordinate housewife, into becoming a latter-day ninja. Even Paula, the Savior who captured and nearly killed Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Carol in season six, gained our respect—and a soul-sister acknowledgement from Carol—for her focused ferocity after we learned that she had been a mousy, abused secretary in the pre-walker world who seized on the apocalypse as her chance to stop eating so much as one more morsel of paternalistic shit, even from her own men.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 7, Episode 4, "Service"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 4, "Service"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 4, "Service"

“Service” approaches war and other forms of carnage, which appear more and more to be the true subject of The Walking Dead, from a new direction, focusing on the stockpiling of weapons. Its two parallel themes, exploring who controls those weapons and the shifting allegiances within Alexandria, may explain the extra length of this episode, which actually feels less repetitive than many hour-long episodes from the show's past seasons that have pounded home the same point one or two times too many.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 6, Episode 9, "No Way Out"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 9, "No Way Out"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 9, "No Way Out"

It's Valentine's Day, and The Walking Dead's mid-season premiere aptly kicks off with a gesture that makes clear that audiences are never too far from the minds of the show's creators. If you missed the coda that would presumably serve as the setup for the second half of the show's sixth season, either because you tuned out after the mid-season finale's credits or your cable provider (cough, Cablevision, cough) forced you to, “No Way Out” replays the tense scenario before following it to its logical—given Daryl's (Norman Reedus) typically slick standards—conclusion.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 6, Episode 7, "Heads Up"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 7, "Heads Up"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 7, "Heads Up"

Heads up, indeed. Tonight's episode of The Walking Dead begins with a confirmation of almost everything you likely suspected about Glenn's fate. Hasn't every episode since “Thank You” constituted a form of advanced warning—a wink of sorts that one of the show's most beloved characters had yet to reach his sell-by date? This, at least, explains the anticlimactic tenor of the opening minutes. Yes, it's Nicolas's (Michael Traynor) corpse, after falling atop Glenn (Steven Yeun), from which a group of zombies pulls out a string of entrails. And, yes, it's in the ghoulishly agonizing heat of the moment that he inches backward and beneath the dumpster from which he fell.

The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 15, "Try"

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<em>The Walking Dead</em> Recap: Season 5, Episode 15, "Try"
<em>The Walking Dead</em> Recap: Season 5, Episode 15, "Try"

Not long into “Try,” Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) plays Nine Inch Nails' “Somewhat Damaged,” a song essentially about succumbing to heartlessness—losing one's humanity despite all attempts to be better. It's apropos for an episode that pivots on numerous precarious attitudes toward what precisely the Alexandria Safe-Zone stands for, especially in the wake of Noah and Aiden's deaths. And yet the song isn't quite as remarkable as the setting in which it's played: a makeshift, candlelit memorial service for Aiden, attended only by his family. When Deanna obliges her husband (Steve Coulter) by turning the abrasive rock track off, the crucial, symbolic moment speaks to her unwillingness to see the ugliness that she's allowed to grow underneath Alexandria's prim and proper veneer.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 5, Episode 12, "Remember"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 12, "Remember"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 12, "Remember"

“Remember” opens with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group hesitantly heading into the Alexandria Safe-Zone, a heavily fortified suburban community run by Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh), a former congresswoman. The title of the episode is significant in that it reflects the caution felt by The Walking Dead's heroes in trying to adapt to life before the biters, and, of course, Woodbury. And much of the storyline teases two opposing possibilities of what Alexandria could come to be for the group, only to then introduce a third and far more chilling route in the episode's final seconds.