Poster for The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live
Idk about some people, but I'm majorly satisfied. What an amazing finale for this already great series. It definitely comes as a shock to most and myself that twd universe produced an actually good project. This even exceeds the word good, as this series was consistent, had 3 episodes I would consider exceptional and is one of the best love stories I've ever seen. This series has enhanced my already existing love for the character of Rick Grimes. I grew up reading the comics, absolutely adoring them, I then proceeded to watch the show which I again adored up until 7x1, which is when twd certainly fell off in writing quality. But one thing that remained incredible up until his temporary conclusion in 9x5 was Rick. Now through this series his character has progressed even further. Ep 6 was definitely rushed, as there was a lot of content and backstory to get through in a 6 ep mini series, but that doesn't make it bad at all, the pacing just felt very fast and hard to keep up on. Only other con I had with this ep was the grenade part with Rick, where idk how he survived but I can easily look past it due to this amazing ep. It could be argued that Beale was under utilised, but his part in this episode made up for the lack of contribution in the prior ones. Now onto the many positives this episode had, starting with the dialogue which was constantly engaging. The talk between Rick and Beale about the Echelon Briefing was definitely the peak of this as it was very suspenful, emotional and real. The CRM is such a fascinating group, as there motives are very clear and justifiable, but at the same time completely inhumane and wrong. I don't know if their way is the right way or not, to try and maintain human existence, or is it that they just want to be a powerful and formidable military. Their ideologies are pretty complex and contrasting further conveying them to be interesting. The flashbacks within the episode were such a nice touch to show this strenuous and prolonged journey that these characters experienced, and how they truly deserve a happy ending. This made it that much more emotional through the remembrance of Carl, and how Rick as a person was lost. The action was some of the best of the entire universe. Continuous, riveting action with an exquisite love story behind it, strengthened this ep. We had 3 different fight scenes, all of which felt smooth, along with the Walkers and the massive explosion, which was definitely better than the typical TWD cgi. This 100% engrossed me further, making it such an enjoyable watch. Numerous intriguing themes, great parallels in the story and between characters, beautiful cinematography, and an evolving main dynamic all were huge positives of this ep. My last point of this ep before I move onto the series as a whole is the conclusion which I loved, what an emotional reunion. Imagine being Rick in that situation, how would you feel? Such a tragic character, so glad he is now back with his family after all this time. Still do not care one bit for RJ, I know he's a kid, but his line delivery is poor. Glad to see Judith back at the end though, Cailey Flemming definitely has a bright future as an actress. Only thing I'm unsure about is the Heli's at the end, is that hinting at a S2? If it ends here I'm definitely happy, like I said before, a satisfying conclusion to a character I love dearly. If they do decide to do a s2, I also do not mind, as this series was so good. Might be a cash grab, but keep them coming if it is of the same quality as this because this is enjoyable and well written TV. Overall 9.3/10 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Onto the series as a whole which I've mostly talked about above, but deserves a little more in depth analysis. Definitely my second fav mini series after Chernobyl, and is better than most of the rest of twd universe. Every episode was an 8+, Danai Gurira showed her acting range, along with her writing skills through ep 4 (best of the series). Andrew Lincoln delivered another stellar performance for Rick Grimes, and now after this series needs to win an emmy. I hope this series gets the recognition it deserves, as many will instantly push it aside and be hesitant to watch it as it is from TWD, known to be one of the most inconsistent shows oat, but give it a chance to show that its different. Great plot, interesting side cast, and a lot of sad backstories. Anyway onto rankings of the series Top 3 Characters: 1. Rick 2. Michonne 3. Jadis HM: Okafor Top 3 Moments: 1. Rick and Michonne reunion 2. Rick, Michonne, RJ, Judith Reunion 3. Jadis' conclusion HM: Okafor death, Any part of dialogue in ep 4, Eps Ranked: 4>==1>===6>2>=3>=5 Overall series Rating 8.9/10 Better than twd for the whole series

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