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A somewhat anticlimatic and uneven effort, "The World Before" still manages to leave the door open for a engaging slate of plot threads in the second half of TWD's 10th season.
For the most part, "The World Before" is a perfectly solid "Walking Dead" entry. It successfully juggles several storylines without feeling as inconsequential as "Bonds," probably because some stories are just beginning while others are winding down.
Through the first half of the 10th season, the series has regained a degree of momentum, thanks to the way the writers have showcased key characters.
"The World Before" sticks to the template of the season, fusing together several plots into an uneven whole, cutting promising storylines short while elongating others that need to get wrapped up.
Any concerns about an unresolved cliffhanger for the Dante/Sid showdown are dispelled right away in what turns out to be a tense, satisfying midseason finale.
In some respects, it worked. In others, it felt like the producers forgot about a lot of storylines that should have gotten resolved, or at the very least, gotten some more steam to keep fans pondering as they await the next batch of episodes.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 8, "The World Before," follows through on the psychological horror that the Whisperers cause, but stumbles with stretching out the physical threat when all signs pointed to at least some form of a conclusion.
Heroes abandoned their morality, characters were so focused on killing bad guys they became idiots, and some supremely ludicrous things happened, all to set up a "shocking" ending that was completely unearned.
As much as I like The Walking Dead story building and the character development, this silent warfare is slow. The Whisperers are definitely in control and it's frustrating. It's time for Team Family to get a win.
The Gabriel vs Dante and Rosita vs Dante scenes were both spectacular, but the whole "find the herd" plot and everything Whisperer related-including the weirdly anticlimactic cliffhanger-are just "meh.
It was underwhelming, but only in the sense that we expected more from a midseason finale.
I can't help but think there were a lot of missed opportunities to do more with what was available.
The World Before didn't have that shocking gut punch cliffhanger of last year's mid-season mark, but it did set up some potentially enticing subplots.