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WOW, just Wow. This episode was incredible, a masterpiece in storytelling. Danai's and Andrew's acting was staggering. One of the best acting episodes I've seen in a long time. Truly pulchritudinous. The dialogue was so riveting and captivating, it contained a profusion of depth, especially involving Rick's conflicts externally but mainly internally. The ep exceeded my expectations, as I thought It may just be another overhyped twd episode, but damn this surpassed what I imagined. It was extremely emotional, especially when Rick completely broke down, he was defeated, finished. His clashing motives and ideologies layer his character with so much more depth, as he becomes rendered inoperable, a robot. Rick feels he's overwhelmed of choice, he wants to protect his family, but knows the consequences. Simultaneously wanting to help better the CRM, he decides to "make the choice" like Okafor wanted him to, but his love for Michonne is prodigious, it reigns supreme. I love the parallels within this episode between this episode, and many characters named like Carl and Daryl. The temperature system was a lovely touch to symbolise the constant change of emotions throughout the episode. Anger, acceptance, love, passion etc. This ep solidifies Rick as the TV goat for me, only slightly ahead of Tony, but I kind of had them >=< prior to this. I genuinely can't wait for the upcoming episodes as this is definitely one of the best episodes in the entire TWD universe. I genuinely wouldn't mind giving these 2 Emmy's after this, as their performances were way too real and convincing. All the more impactful due to Danai being the one who wrote it. ❤️. I hope the last 2 eps continue exactly like this one, as this is something of high quality unlike the other spin offs. Overall 9.8/10

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