Critic Consensus: "The Damned" stumbles after the season opener, with the unexpected return of a forgotten character, and a whole lot of action -- but not a whole lot of thrills.
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as Carol Peletier
as Maggie Greene
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as Eugene Porter
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Critic reviews for The Damned
There is nothing here, action-wise, that you haven't seen many, many other times on this show.
Other than the weird close-up shots, this was a great episode. It's hard to suck when you have wall-to-wall fighting, and I feel like this week we got more zombies than we have in a while.
Alexandria, Hilltop, and the Kingdom continued their assault on the Saviors last night on several fronts. The result was The Walking Dead turning into a live-action video game with barely any zombies in it.
Structurally, however, episode 2 is all over the place. As with last week's premiere, The Damned experiments with chronology and character placement to try and keep viewers on their toes, but the results end up creating more confusion than anything else.
I don't pretend to know what this show needs to improve, because I don't. All I know is that, now that the nostalgia of the 100th episode has come and gone, the present looks pretty hopeless.
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