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"Open Your Eyes" fulfills the potential of the foundations laid earlier in this season with a surprising character death and some ingenious twists.
I didn't see the turn with Dante coming and the episode pulls a clever trick in obfuscating it.
This episode takes a few unexpected turns. The first surprise is a smart attempt to undermine Alpha's authority. But the big payoff is the conclusion of the Siddiq PTSD storyline, which is something of a jaw-dropper.
While "Open Your Eyes" follows this season's usual pattern of a mix of stronger and weaker storylines alternating throughout its running time, overall it was a fairly successful standalone episode, narratively speaking.
The groundwork the series has been laying finally paid off.
This is one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead season ten. The whole season has been good, but this one had me on the edge of my seat. I haven't reacted like that since the season seven finale.
This was, for the most part, a very good episode of The Walking Dead, and I'm glad that they're still giving us surprise deaths.
With Sunday's episode, Kang continues to keep viewers on their toes. It's exactly the sort of energy the show needs 10 seasons into the zombie apocalypse.
This episode brings Siddiq's story to a natural and honest, but perhaps premature, close. The show has reached a solid place where its grasp on character is used to inform the story in a way where anything can happen next.
It's rare for a decade-old show to be delivering such a level of quality, but the paranoia surrounding the Whisperers has helped elevate the angst to give us a cold war-esque vibe.
"Open Your Eyes" felt a lot more like old school Walking Dead. It gave us a notable, and sad, character exit while also ramping things up for next week's midseason finale.
As interesting as it was to see Siddiq dealing with the trauma of losing his friends, it was starting to get repetitive and the fact that he was finally able to realize who was partly responsible for said trauma was a short-lived breath of fresh air.
Although "Open Your Eyes" isn't good, it's not completely bad. A lot of it is just fine, and there's still some deft storytelling and some excellent character moments scattered throughout it.