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‘The Big Scary U' was a return to storytelling. If the cinematography and direction were a little more on point, this could have been a very intense episode.
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Review: The Walking Dead ‘The Big Scary U’ Negan Returns

AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ returned to form in respects to storytelling Sunday night with ‘The Big Scary U.’ If the direction and cinematography were even a little better than average tonight’s could have been epic with suspense and claustrophobia.

Instead of focusing on one storyline, ‘The Big Scary U’ told three unique stories that all helped progress the plot forward for the endgame of the midseason finale.

The much-awaited return of Negan did not disappoint as the banter between Father Gabriel and Negan worked brilliantly. The confessional aspect of the trailer gave their interaction a next level feel. The climax of the episode was Negan’s confession to Father Gabriel, as the episode served to bring Negan to the gray area of a black and white situation. Seth Gilliam held his own in the acting department against Jefferey Dean Morgan. Gilliam final scene in ‘The Big Scary U’ had me on the edge of my seat, and load me up with more questions than answers.

The showdown between Rick and Daryl surprisingly took place in ‘The Big Scary U’ tonight. What could have been a shining moment about morality turned into a comical sibling rivalry. Hopefully, this issue was not resolved and will be revisited later on in the season. Daryl has always been a compassionate bad-ass, his departure in the ethics seems off, and this is stunting the potential of the ‘Rick / Daryl’ storyline.

The Saviors are lost without Negan. The game of ‘cat and mouse’ to find the mole, while entertaining with the spectrum of characters involved could have used a heavy dose of adrenaline-fueled tenseness.

The reveal at the end of the episode was enough to keep motivations firmly locked on next week’s episode.

Overall, a well-paced episode that moved the story along and left viewers with intrigue.


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Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.

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‘The Big Scary U' was a return to storytelling. If the cinematography and direction were a little more on point, this could have been a very intense episode. Review: The Walking Dead ‘The Big Scary U' Negan Returns