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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Premiere: What Critics Think Of Episode 1 ‘Mercy’

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Premiere: What Critics Think Of Episode 1 ‘Mercy’

AMC’s fan-favorite series The Walking Dead celebrated a huge milestone with an early screening of Season 8 premiere. The screening featured the 100th episode of the series titled “Mercy.” And early reviews are flooding the internet hinting at what is coming next.

Season 7 finale ended with a major cliffhanger. The declaration of the highly anticipated war between Rick Grimes’ group and Negan and the Saviours in Season 7 got fans excited especially after a few dull moments that impacted the ratings of the show. Several media outlets and fans are speculating that the war between the two groups will bring the show to its original form.

According to We Got This Covered, The Walking Dead Season 8 premiere is “perfect remedy” for fans to recover from Season 7.

“For those repulsed and deflated by the horrific deaths and methodical storytelling of last season, ‘Mercy’ is the perfect remedy — its brisk pacing, big action, and focus on the camaraderie between the Alexandria, Hilltop, and Kingdom survivors makes for super entertaining television which makes you feel good without trivializing the drama,” reads We Got This Covered’s review.

Meanwhile, Cinema Blend reveals what to expect from the 47-minute long episode. According to the publication, the episode includes some fun moments.

“It’s indeed a fun episode at times, and it gives Rick a chance to re-prove that the Rick-tatorship is something worth reviving. But in the same vein, there are definitely some questionable (and possibly sloppy) choices made when it comes to the pacing and time-related edits. They’re a bit more jarring than those from Season 6, and made harder to discern how things are playing out,” states Cinema Blend’s report.

Fans must prepare themselves to see Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes return as the leader of the group now prepping for the big war. Den of Geek suggests that he is doing a good job as the captain.

“If the back half of season seven was about treating the wound, then the season eight premiere is finally about healing. We have a main character in Rick again, and Andrew Lincoln is better than ever in the role.”

In the meantime, there are some negative comments too. As per Forbes, Season 8 premiere is nothing but confusing. The publication says that the show has not made any significant improvement from its past season. In fact, it is described as “increasingly sloppy writing and plotting.”

Far from a return to the glory days, the Season 8 premiere is a jarring, confusing mess of an episode, in turns pretentious and mind-bogglingly nonsensical,” reads the review on Forbes.

An earlier report also revealed some of the moments that would be a fan-favorite in season 8. Perhaps, fans would have a different opinion than the critics.

The mixed reviews and varying opinions leave no choice for fans but to decide for themselves whether the show managed to impress them or not. The Walking Dead Season 8 premieres Oct. 22 on AMC. Besides Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Rhee), Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) and others will reprise their respective roles. Stay tuned for more information and update.




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