The Walking Dead: The Storm
April 2, 2019 6:36 PM - Season 9, Episode 16 - Subscribe

Season finale
posted by gryphonlover (7 comments total)
I didn’t realize this was the season finale. I guess the other voice in the radio was supposed to be the big cliffhanger, but it seems really underplayed.

The continuing jumps ahead in time are an interesting choice. Not really looking forward to a lot more Whisperers in a new season, although I’m guessing that will dominate the first half-season.

It is a little surprising to me that we never saw Beta without his mask.
posted by jimw at 1:39 AM on April 3, 2019

I really liked this episode. The work put into making Georgia look like it was hit by a blizzard was amazing, and while some of the plotting was a little ropey, the show is making it clear that the communities have learned a lot of lessons and are settling into a status quo vis a vis dealing with outsiders.
posted by Automocar at 7:01 AM on April 3, 2019 [1 favorite]

I thought this was a bit of a let down after last week (which I'd actually assumed was the season finale, given the great shock value of the ending (well shocking to people like me who haven't read this far in the comics, at least)).

I found Lydia's attempt at suicide-by-zombie to be strangely acted and unconvincing, but something about the look she and Carol exchanged when she was caught was actually quite good and well-acted.

Overall, this was a B- episode but still grabbed me enough to keep watching next season.
posted by asnider at 9:51 AM on April 3, 2019


As a person who lives in a place that actually sees winter regularly, I found it very hard to suspend my disbelief about the river freezing over. Moving water does not freeze over in a matter of hours, and certainly not to the point that the ice is thick enough to walk across it.
posted by asnider at 9:53 AM on April 3, 2019 [2 favorites]

I think the implication is that it was an unusually cold winter in general.
posted by Automocar at 3:38 PM on April 3, 2019

Yeah, mostly I feel like an episode like this one where "the normal rules don't apply" works better inside the season, while an episode that sets up a new, threatening status quo (and kills off a bunch of major and minor characters) tends to work better as a finale. But whatevs, I guess the two episodes had to happen in that order to split up Carol and Ezekiel.

A good recent example of what 'm talking about is American Gods. I shan't spoil, but apparently due to budgeting issues the final episode of season 1 was converted into the first episode of season 2, and it threw off the pacing incredibly. The final episode of season 1 ends interestingly but somewhat anti-climactically, and the first episode of season 2 ends explosively with major repercussions for characters you haven't seen in 9 months or so.
posted by ejs at 11:27 PM on April 3, 2019 [1 favorite]

Close your damned jackets people!
posted by Iteki at 4:11 AM on April 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

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