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November 20, 2017 1 min read
If you've been following AMC's eighth season of The Walking Dead, you know that so far, we're dealing with the events of a single day, focused around the alliance's attack on the empire, aka Hilltop-Alexandria-Kingdom (HAK, as I'm fond of calling them--for no reason whatsoever) against the Saviors. Inherently, with a show already in its eighth season, with ratings that aren't entirely holding steady and showing slight declines, there's always a sense that endings are inevitable, because they are. Outside of character decision making that ignores logical progression of any variety, the ability to squander screen time with a lack of plot progression remains TWD's biggest flaw.
We don't have forever to come to resolutions for our characters or this world. One day, the plug will be pulled, and you'd hope that in the interim, the goal is to take the story forward so that when said ending arrives, it can happen in a fashion that satiates the audience. At least, that's always been my understanding of how storytelling should work when it works best. TWD's done this before--season 2, on the farm, was like plodding through thigh-high wet snow, uphill. Its pace was glacial.
Season 8 makes season 2 look like torrential river waters thrumming through a gorge after strong rains. Five episodes down, three to go in 2017 and we're still in day 1.
[Editor's Note: This recap will obviously go into detail about last night's episode of The Walking Dead, so there are going to be a ton of spoilers. Final warning!]
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