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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”

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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 7, "Sing Me a Song"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 7, “Sing Me a Song”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 7, “Sing Me a Song”

The Hitchockian opening scene of tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Sing Me a Song,” makes clever use of Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) inscrutability. Walking down an initially empty country road and whistling “The Farmer in the Dell” to attract her prey, Michonne is the epitome of the existentially alone western hero she personifies more than anyone else in Rick’s group as she sets a walker-lined trap whose purpose is disturbingly opaque. The close-up of the sword and walkie-talkie she leaves behind as she drags a body down the road is a particularly unsettling bit of misdirection: Is she planning to commit suicide by walker? And even if she’s doing something else, like setting things up to make it look as if walkers got her so she can go underground, how long can she survive without that sword?

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 7, Episode 1, "The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 1, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 1, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”

My husband used to fret that I was convinced civilization was about to collapse because I watched zombie movies, but he had it backwards. Having grown up in 1950s and ’60s Detroit, I saw firsthand how fragile even apparently solid social infrastructures can be, and ours seem particularly vulnerable these days. To pick just three existential threats out of a very large hat, hackers are poised to shut down the Internet, a foreign dictator plays chicken with nukes while an American presidential candidate keeps asking why we don’t use ours, and a global refugee crisis makes homelessness in New York City look manageable by comparison. That’s why I love stories about the zombie apocalypse: They’re a safe way to explore my fears about the breakdown of society, and to imagine how we might rebuild our lives and create communities after a major disaster.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 6, Episode 10, "The Next World"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 10, “The Next World”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 10, “The Next World”

The latest episode of The Walking Dead, “The Next World,” is by and large a necessary, if not exactly radical, pressing of the reset button. “Start to Finish” culminated with a vision of what appeared to spell the end for Alexandria, and “No Way Out” with the promise of its salvation, with the denizens of the safe-zone fighting in emphatic lockstep to reclaim their little patch of earth from a mass of zombie marauders. “The Next World” jarringly leaps forward in time to reveal Alexandria still standing, and it conveys all the gumption that went into keeping it so through a wide range of non-incidents.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 6, Episode 5, "Now"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 5, “Now”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 5, “Now”

Trollgate reaches a fever pitch in “Now,” the wheel-spinning low point of an otherwise stellar season of The Walking Dead. By design, the perversity with which the audience continues to be baited with the possibility of Glenn having been chowed down to pieces still justifies itself. Slowly throughout the season, the show’s narrative has bloomed outward as if in rhythmic lockstep with the progression of the zombie horde Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his motley crew of survivors led away from Alexandria. One week inside, one week outside. “Now” returns us to the safe-zone, where we survey the grim aftermath of the Wolves’ attack alongside Rick, which means the series would be out of line, and in more ways than one, if in next week’s episode it doesn’t plop us alongside Glenn, no doubt cowering beneath a dumpster and covered in a dead man’s guts.

John from Cincinnati Recap Season 1, Episode 10, “His Visit: Day Nine”

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John from Cincinnati Recap: Season 1, Episode 10, “His Visit: Day Nine”
John from Cincinnati Recap: Season 1, Episode 10, “His Visit: Day Nine”

“Back in the game, Mitch Yost.” –John Monad (Austin Nichols)

Here is the revelation: John Monad and Shaun Yost (Greyson Fletcher)—missing for all of a purgatorial day—surfing in unison across the Imperial Beach horizon, a picture-perfect, per the accompanying Bob Dylan song, “Series of Dreams”. The return of the monad and his young prodigy in the final installment of John from Cincinnati’s first season (“His Visit: Day Nine”) sends a similarly unifying shockwave through IB—whether aware of it or not, all are now joined in singular principle and purpose, even if the only explicit example of this, at first, is the prophesied blow job that rocks Meyer Dickstein’s (Willie Garson) world.

John from Cincinnati Recap Season 1, Episode 9, “His Visit: Day Eight”

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John from Cincinnati Recap: Season 1, Episode 9, “His Visit: Day Eight”
John from Cincinnati Recap: Season 1, Episode 9, “His Visit: Day Eight”

“Big pipe’s easy. Dry land’s hard.” –Mitch Yost (Bruce Greenwood)

Concurrent with the moment in John from Cincinnati’s ninth episode (“His Visit: Day Eight”) when Mitch Yost makes contact, on the U.S./Mexico border, with his old friend and shaman Erlemeyer (Howard Hesseman), the inevitable happens: Mitch’s wife Cissy (Rebecca De Mornay) awakes back in Imperial Beach to find their grandson Shaun (Greyson Fletcher) vanished without a trace.

This sets off a viral chain reaction, with Cissy’s fear and paranoia infecting everyone in her path, a surge of emotion that reaches its apex when drug dealer Steady Freddy Lopez (Dayton Callie) goes all Death of a Rat on a leather-jacketed teddy bear belatedly gifted to him by his knockaround sidekick Palaka (Paul Ben Victor). “You do not buy a gift and not give it. That’s the oldest bad luck in the world,” says Palaka before Freddy callously tosses the bear into the Snug Harbor Motel parking lot. Palaka immediately retrieves the gift and timidly pleads with his boss to take it. “For the boy,” he finishes.

John from Cincinnati Recap Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8, “His Visit: Day Six” & “His Visit: Day Seven”

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John from Cincinnati Recap: Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8, “His Visit: Day Six” & “His Visit: Day Seven”
John from Cincinnati Recap: Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8, “His Visit: Day Six” & “His Visit: Day Seven”

That was most certainly the voice of the Creator taunting the fragile Barry Cunningham in the dilapidated barroom of the Snug Harbor Motel. Figures that Barry’s momentary epiphany about his surroundings (which he parallels to a catbird seat anecdote about Daniel Frohman’s Lyceum Theatre) would be so suddenly quashed by a sentiment from the void. Milch gives voice to the fears that hinder us all—there’s a touch of the misanthrope in how his characters come off as puppets constantly in service to an unfathomable Divinity, but he likewise recognizes that, every now and again, we are capable of breaking through the programming, becoming, even if only for a moment, our tried and true selves.

John from Cincinnati Recap Season 1, Episode 6, “His Visit: Day Five”

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John from Cincinnati Recap: Season 1, Episode 6, “His Visit: Day Five”
John from Cincinnati Recap: Season 1, Episode 6, “His Visit: Day Five”

“Well. This was time well spent.” Indeed it was Joe. Not that the residents of Imperial Beach, California are likely to have much cognizant memory of the events, mind-blowing all, of John from Cincinnati’s sixth installment (“His Visit: Day Five”). But certainly an interconnected impression has been left, set in stone by John Monad’s (Austin Nichols) final commandment to the gathered masses (in both body and spirit) at the rundown Snug Harbor Motel: “You will not note my Father’s word. Nor remember Cass’ camera. But you will not forget what we did here.” The divine emissary has tipped his hand, revealing the machinations and, at least in part, the intentions of the man behind the curtain.