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The Walking Dead Recap Season 7, Episode 16, "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 16, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 16, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”

Skipping lightly across the surface of relationships and individual states of mind to focus on the stockpiling of weapons or the formation of fragile alliances, The Walking Dead’s seventh season was almost exclusively about the march to war. Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) sadistically fetishized slaughter of Abraham and Glenn in the season opener established him as a ruthless despot who could only be unseated by extraordinary means. Several characters, including Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Morgan (Lennie James), and Ezekiel (Khary Payton), tried to resist the call to battle that was Maggie’s (Lauren Cohan) unwavering response to Negan’s psychotic display, but their reservations were swatted away with no real debate, creating the illusion that war was the group’s only viable alternative.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 7, Episode 15, "Something They Need"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 15, “Something They Need”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 7, Episode 15, “Something They Need”

Aside from the armored walker that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) fought in the junkyard where Jadis’s people live, it’s been months since roamers posed a credible threat to anyone on The Walking Dead. They’re usually just a slightly titillating excuse for some action, and the catalyst for a jolt of camaraderie or tension among the humans they encounter. True to form, the barnacle-festooned skeleton that stumbles into focus at the start of “Something They Need,” and the herd that materializes behind it, lurch obligingly into Oceanside just as Rick’s arms raid is teetering on the edge of catastrophe.

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 6, Episode 16, "Last Day on Earth"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 16, “Last Day on Earth”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 16, “Last Day on Earth”

Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, “East,” ended with what felt like a dozen cliffhangers. Maggie, after getting a new hairdo for reasons that were far more symbolic than practical (if she were truly concerned about a walker grabbing her by the hair, she would have cut it a long time ago), clutched her stomach in agony and fell to the floor. Did she lose her baby? Carol, after obliterating a group of Saviors, set off for destinations unknown, with Morgan and Rick hot on her trail. Is she forever lost to her friends and surrogate family at Alexandria? And, of course, there was Daryl’s blood as it splattered, like something out of a pulp film, on the camera’s lens as Dwight shot him from behind and said, “You’ll be all right.” But is he truly all right?

The Walking Dead Recap Season 6, Episode 14, "Twice As Far"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 14, “Twice As Far”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 14, “Twice As Far”

Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Twice As Far,” is reminiscent of a bad relationship, as its sketching of two Alexandria groups searching for supplies is so unimaginatively and patronizingly drawn as to make one rethink all the complexities, aesthetic and otherwise, proffered by the show’s last two episodes. Carol (Melissa McBride), in last week’s remarkably self-contained “The Same Boat,” brilliantly engineered her and Maggie’s escape from a Saviors bunker with the same savvy she exuded while setting the Terminus compound ablaze from the outside. Last week, her pretending to be a woman of faith so as to manipulate her captors seemed consistent with the behavior we’ve come to expect from this character so spectacularly cut from the cloth of a B-movie badass. This week, though, the show suggests that she may not actually have been pretending. Carol, it seems, has found religion.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 6, Episode 12, "No Tomorrow Yet"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 12, “No Tomorrow Yet”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 6, Episode 12, “No Tomorrow Yet”

More proof that we’re increasingly entrenched in an era of “peak television,” and that we’re all struggling to keep up, last week the Vulture’s Margaret Lyons answered a series of questions by readers asking for the best “batches” of TV episodes. In calling her recommended blocks “sure things,” Lyons inadvertently exposes the struggle that such infuriatingly spotty shows like The Walking Dead may face in lingering in the public consciousness after they go off the air. Indeed, thinking back to the entirety of its last season, and the current season up to tonight’s episode, even this sometimes apologetic fan of the series is struggling to come up with three episodes in a row to recommend to someone looking to fill in a few hours between lunch and picking up the kids at school. But if you only have one, then you can’t do better than “No Tomorrow Yet,” which exudes a corkscrew tension that’s redolent of some of John Carpenter’s finest work.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 5, Episode 16, "Conquer"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 16, “Conquer”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 16, “Conquer”

One of the first things we see in “Conquer,” the astonishing and consistently thrilling finale of The Walking Dead’s fifth season, is a rabbit’s foot, hanging from the rearview mirror where Morgan (Lennie James) is making camp, not far from the Alexandria Safe-Zone. In the context of the series, this symbol of luck, of an animal’s limb being affixed to a ring to someone can put it on their keychain, feels especially gruesome. A measure of barbarism is essential to survival in the world where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his clan live, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that the acts that Rick’s group commit are brutal and often final. This conflictive notion of how violence both undermines and keeps order in society feels embedded into the episode’s every exchange and set piece, all the way up to its maddening ending.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 5, Episode 14, "Spend"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 14, “Spend”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 14, “Spend”

To call “Spend” an emotionally exhausting experience would count as an early qualifier for understatement of 2015, but the way in which the episode goes about devastating the audience brings up one of The Walking Dead’s major flaws. In the series, attempts to be honest and contemplative about death, as in the recent passing of Chad Coleman’s Tyreese, can quickly devolve into completely shallow acts of sadism, which would be the only way to describe the death of Noah (Tyler James Williams) and, to a lesser extent, Aiden (Daniel Bonjour). Frankly, the overt stressing of the tragedy of a single character hasn’t been so tastelessly extended since Otis got devoured in season two.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 5, Episode 5, "Self Help"

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 5, “Self Help”

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 5, “Self Help”

The second act of “Self Help” takes place in an abandoned bookstore that’s bathed in dim lighting. This is an ideal setting for potential horror, and it also corresponds with the timbre of the conversations that transpire between the characters. Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) apologizes and thanks Glenn (Steven Yeun) for helping him and living up to an agreement; Glenn goes on to have some sweet talk with Maggie (Lauren Cohan); and Abraham and Rosita (Christian Serratos) screw on some discarded furniture. These are exactly the human moments that ground this series through even the goriest zombie chow-downs, and what happens to Glenn, Abraham, and their crew in the daytime makes these quiet exchanges all the more precious to the characters and crucial to the show’s overall poignancy.