MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW…
Just look at the flowers.
This episode was f*cking amazing. Certainly one of the best episodes the show has ever delivered, absolutely brilliant. If you haven’t read the comic and plan to, I will be spoiling some things so read at your own cost. I have long suspected the Lizzie and Mika were the show’s real version of Ben and Billy from the comics. Turns out I was right, but this episode still managed to shock the shit out of me. This episode was beautifully written, and was excellently acted by the cast.
From beginning to end this episode was just perfectly put together. I’ve often been very critical of the show’s attempts at being deep, as they often come off very heavy handed. Not here, Jesus, this, this was just a superb hour of television. I definitely wasn’t expecting to be as blown away as I was tonight.
Melissa McBride has done wonders for the character of Carol, the character itself has been much better developed by the writers. In the comic Carol was just kind of a kinky bizarre character who never really had much impact on the story, but the writers have sort of blended her character arc with that of the comic’s version of Carl(not a spelling error), and it works stupendously. The final scene with Lizzie and Carol was just breathtaking, Melissa McBride killed it. Everyone did, but she really stood out tonight. Fantastic performances tonight.
The script was just flawless. The dialogue between Carol and the girls was amazing, the suspense the episode was building up, Carol’s confession to Tyreese, and the final detail of the dear appearing was all just perfect. This episode isn’t just this season’s “Clear”, it beats “Clear”, it absolutely demolishes “Clear”. I’ve said this was probably the best episode of the show, I was wrong, I know this is the best episode of the show(objectively of course, just my opinion).
Overall, this episode was sublime. Best episode all season, best episode of the whole series(in my opinion), and one of the best hours of television I’ve seen this year(key word is “this year”, but that doesn’t negate the episode in any way).
GRADE: A+ 100%