Tonight, I started to simply make this a two-word review: very good. By WALKING DEAD standards, "The Grove" was outright excellent. I'm a bit hesitant to use words like that when it comes to TWD, though--for too long, it has set the bar far too low. Not the case this evening.
one criticism I'd offer is to note the specter that continues to haunt
TWD, the one that has haunted it since the middle of the season: the
characters aren't looking for one another. After the midseason break,
Michonne found Rick and Carl. Since then, only Glenn and Maggie have
actively searched for one another, and even then, it was only
temporarily. This week, Tyreese continues to fail to show any interest
at all in finding his sister. When he, Carol, and the children find an
isolated farmhouse, he even decides he wants to settle down there. They
have the infant Judith in tow; no one is concerned with trying to get
her back to her own family.
That aside--and logically,
that continues to loom large--showrunner Scott Gimple's reformed TWD
continues to impress. The Gimple
Gang has added all manner of depth, darkness and even--dare I say
it?--maturity to the proceedings. I hope to see this continue.