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While packed with several gripping plot threads, a rewarding showcase of Negan is what truly makes "What It Always Is" a stand out episode of the season.
Most "Walking Dead" episodes move like molasses, but this week's entry has no less than four significant plot threads going, which at least keeps the pace pulsing. Unfortunately, all but one of those threads have major problems.
As much as I sympathize with Kelly and her rapidly advancing hearing loss, the opening scene does not quite do justice to the events that unfold and the questions answered in this episode.
Negan's transformation, from a very bad man to a sort-of-good man is something I had a hard time imagining, but it works remarkably well on screen.
Definitely a bit tougher to hate Negan when we see him with the boy... Their brief bond is tender and hilarious at the same time.
I really like how The Walking Dead is addressing disabilities and PTSD in the zombie apocalypse. And now they are addressing cancer.
The best of the season, so far.
This episode was a strong showcase for Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who gets to play Negan as getting some of his swagger back while also being reminded in bloody and painful ways that he still has a hell of a lot to answer for.
What It Always Is sets up a lot of pieces are coming in place to leave us on a high note as we approach the midseason finale.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 5, "What Is Always Is," is a harder episode, punishing its characters as they try to find some peace in their difficulties.
It's nice that the show is bringing some realism back into the narrative because post-apocalyptic shows, in general, tend to forget that people don't just die because of the apocalypse.
I find myself very interested in seeing these "villains" combine.
It was a busy but thoroughly compelling episode of The Walking Dead-with more than a few surprises.