Walking Dead 4×9 Review: After

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At the end of Walking Dead‘s explosive mid-season finale last November, the prison was abandoned and the group scattered into several small factions – so imagine my surprise when tonight’s episode opened with yet another prison scene, as apparently Michonne hadn’t left with the others.

I’ve never been shy about my opinion regarding how drawn out the prison situation was on this show, so to have this second half of season four begin there just seems like unnecessary overkill; perhaps even a refusal on the part of the producers to give up on the prison. At this point I just have my fingers crossed that we’ve finally seen the last of that place.

After focused on Michonne, Rick, and Carl, but unlike season three’s Clear – which followed those same characters on a supply trip – this episode didn’t seem to go anywhere or have much of a point. Yes, in the end Michonne decides to forgo being a lone wolf and instead finds her way to Rick and Carl, but the rest of After sadly fell into something like a ‘looking for Sophia’ rut. Even certain scenes that were decent – Michonne’s dream sequence, for instance – still weren’t as well executed as they could have been. Was it nice to finally get a little more insight regarding her history? Yes. But we really weren’t given much that we couldn’t have already deduced for ourselves

TWD4x9 2With Rick and Carl, the former spent most of After unconscious, while the latter once again ran around trying to prove that he’s a big boy now and can take care of himself. (Apparently that means having the ability to eat a giant can of chocolate pudding without getting sick.) While I’ve been impressed with how Chandler Riggs has matured as an actor during his time on Walking Dead, it would be nice if the writers would give him something to work with other than the “same ol’, same ol'” storyline.

Unfortunately, as Walking Dead episodes go, After was a weak link – and as their mid-season premiere, it was nothing short of a let down. It appears that next week we will see more characters, but I’m still not certain I trust the show’s ability to follow so many different small groups, at least not for more than an episode or two.

Author: Tara Lynne

Tara Lynne is an author, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning.

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2 thoughts on “Walking Dead 4×9 Review: After

  1. Okay i was expecting something exciting for the mid season premiere…i mean, come on TWD! Rick should’ve not be getting out the couch like that, he could’ve been shot or kicked in the face or something…couldn’t understand Carl trying to act out and saving his skin at the nick of time. Michonne scenes were good (katana slashes) but yes, the episode told us what a lot of the viewers must’ve guessed themselves. The only thing i could get from the episode is that i should get myself a pair of zombie pets as soon as the world goes into chaos…tying a bunch of zombies outside the prison fence would’ve helped in keep the rest of the horde away

    Seeing the preview i guess we will be seeing what the rest of group has been up to. Don’t think it will be anything exciting or progress the plot. It would be good for seeing more zombie kills. The plot will probably pick up in episode 4 or 5 as there are some new characters who will be coming to play.

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