Critic Consensus: The Walking Dead delivers an unnerving midseason cliffhanger -- and a new and terrifying threat -- although some viewers may feel that the ghoulish Whisperers are a retread of the same old antagonists with a new, rotting face.
as Rick Grimes
as Daryl Dixon
as Carl Grimes
as Carol Peletier
as Maggie Greene
as Tara Chambler
as Rosita Espinosa
as Eugene Porter
as Gabriel Stokes
as Morgan Jones
Critic reviews for Evolution
The mid-season cliffhanger isn't much of one, and the new conflict on the horizon seems like yet another "our side versus a pack of psychopaths" story that the show has so thoroughly covered before.
Definitely one of the best mid-season finales in the show's history, and the fact that it leaned so strongly into its horror elements more than it usually does only added to that, even if it did involve losing another one of the show's best actors.
What I do have a problem with is that even after revealing its next big villains, TWD STILL doesn't bother to key us in on all of the most basic information the audience is still missing after the six-year time skip.
It's completely shocking... and exactly the sort of change-up that Angela Kang continues to inject into season 9 of the series, revitalizing it creatively and turning in the best season of The Walking Dead at least since season 6.
The Walking Dead has always been its own worst enemy when it comes to the immediate horror of its setting, desensitising its audience to the fear factor of the zombies with inevitable oversaturation.
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