‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Season 9’s Early Promise Gets Broken By ‘Evolution’

At the end of the middle season, Season 9 Episode 8 continues the stalemate of the program.

[Notadeleditor: Spoilers follows for "The Walking Dead" Season 9, Episode 8, "Evolution". 19659003] This week in "The Walking Dead"

We finally learn what's happening with the talking zombies (as expected, it's the least interesting answer) but we still do not know why everyone has been angry with Michonne for years. End, although now it is a little less vague. Also, it turns out that Henry is the new Carl, who really should accelerate the old storyteller engines. The mid-season suspense is not one of the most important, and the new conflict on the horizon seems another story of "our side in front of a group of psychopaths" that the program has covered so thoroughly before. It is another discouraging sign that the program will continue to rely on old habits.

Obligatory Zombie Action

A large part of the episode is delivered to Daryl, Jesus and Aaron in search of Eugene and they meet the talking zombies. While the audience has known that something is wrong with the walkers in several episodes, everything is a novelty for the game, they realize very slowly that there is definitely something strange in this group of walkers.

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Then we got the herd to double again, the herd increased in size, the herd ignoring the usual zombie bait like loud noises, and so on. When he finally meets Eugene, he theorizes that the zombies have evolved. The only way to kill them is to destroy the brain, which means that the brain is still functioning, right? So, maybe the zombies are starting to remember things from when they were alive, like how to talk? For the merit of our heroes, they have this possibility, because once the dead are resurrected, everything is possible.

Man is the real monster

"The Walking Dead".

Gene Page / AMC

But no, they are just crazy people who disguise themselves. While the team escapes with Eugene, Jesus volunteers to keep the herd at bay and, after doing kung fu to several walkers, is startled when one of them unexpectedly dodges his blow and stabs him from behind, whispering: "You are where they do not belong. " The others (reinforced by Michonne, Magda and Yumiko) easily dispatch the murderer of Jesus and the other human walkers, and Daryl takes off the zombie mask to one of them as if it were an episode of "Scooby Doo". It is disappointing to say the least.

So here we go again with another group of evil humans bent on harming our heroes. It is so disheartening for the show to return to this pit so soon, after such a strong start to the season. Since "The Walking Dead" takes place in the post-apocalypse, it has quite a narrative scope, and Season 9 seemed like it was finally going to be more about rebuilding society than dealing with another Big Bad. But the big jump eliminated all the good work of the beginning of the season, and we are left with the same story.

Regarding the death of Jesus, it is difficult to feel much. Jesus always felt like a character with whom the program was about to do something and never did (something that applies to people who have been in the program for longer, Rosita, we are looking in your direction). The explosion of character development to Jesus gave him the last episodes, as he refused to take his leadership responsibilities seriously, it just seemed to be an effort to increase sympathy for him so that his loss would be felt, like when Sasha suddenly I had a key when Sonequa Martin-Green was walking out the door.

  Joe Ando-Hirsh as Rodney, Kelley Mack as Addy, Jackson Pace as Gage - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, episode 8 - Photo credit: Gene Page / AMC

"The Walking Dead".

Gene Page / AMC

A Shred of Humanity

Meanwhile, Henry settles in Hilltop and meets some other teenagers. They get drunk in the forest and show a zombie trapped in Henry, who kills him, which makes other teenagers leave him. If all this feels like when Carl met the teenagers in Alexandria, well, he is. (Granted, it was Aiden who had the zombie mascot, but still.) There's a very nice scene in which Earl chides Henry and Henry admits that he had not taken his transfer seriously, but otherwise it's hard to avoid feeling Henry is just Carl Discount

Michonne and Carol also have a moment, since Michonne admits that she does not want Alexandria to participate in the next Kingdom fair. Michonne's argument is that all communities have problems and they all need to deal with them on their own. Carol points out that both have lost so much, children, for God's sake, and Michonne needs to get over Rick's death. You know you're in error when Carol tells you to relax. Have we considered the possibility that in the explosion, a piece of Rick's soul from Season 5 ("We must save Alexandria from himself" Rick) possessed Michonne? At least it would explain why Michonne has openly rejected Carl's final wishes, instead of the step forward, two steps back in the philosophy he has come to define this season.

  Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 - Photo credit: Gene Page / AMC

"The Walking Dead".

Gene Page / AMC

The Remains

  • Oh, and Negan escapes this episode after Gabriel accidentally leaves his cell unlocked, if I want more proof that the season is going in a bad direction. He has been locked up for years on the program timeline, but for us it is as if he had been rejected.
  • Negan also takes some time this week to basically deliver Elijah Woods' "molecules" speech from "The Ice Storm." "
  • It's kind of funny that one of Gabriel's key character traits is Bad at Doors, remember when he did not close the door to Alexandria?
  • Henry is saddened to learn that Enid is kissing Alden (the sensitive Savior) Enid is like 25 after the time jump, Henry, you probably never had a chance.
  • The advantage of Jesus' departure is that we will probably get more Tara, since she is the most likely leader of Hilltop.
  • ] A moment to mock the name of Jesus, as they should do It's silly!
  • Among the teens who ran away and Magda and Yumiko apparently helped with the zombies in the end, it's fair to say that Hilltop has the worst security throughout the post-apocalypse.

Grade: C + [19659035] Register: Keep up with the latest film and TV news! Sign up to receive our newsletters by email here.

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