Critic Consensus: "Who Are You Now?" swiftly establishes a new world order in The Walking Dead without Rick Grimes, effectively conveying the progression of the survivors, but some viewers may feel adrift in what feels like the umpteenth re-set for the series.
as Rick Grimes
as Daryl Dixon
as Carl Grimes
as Carol Peletier
as Maggie Greene
as Tara Chambler
as Rosita Espinosa
as Eugene Porter
as Gabriel Stokes
as Morgan Jones
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The primary issue with "Who Are You Now" is that Michonne is now the knee-jerk xenophobe... It's not utterly derailing -- Michonne comes around by the end of the episode -- but it's still disheartening on top of being repetitive.
I love that it feels like a whole new show, because The Walking Dead needed to become a whole new show to survive. I never thought they'd pull it off, but so far this may be the longest stretch of good episodes this show has ever aired.
Despite the fact that many of us are still getting used to the idea of Andrew Lincoln-as-Rick and Lauren Cohan-as-Maggie being gone, this episode does an impressive job of keeping both the story and the momentum going forward.
Rosita is with -- wait for it -- Gabriel! That might be the show's biggest curveball, but rest assured: Eugene is still creepily pining over his longtime friend, because some things just never change.
[Rick Grimes'] absence is still keenly felt, but for the most part, life has gone on... "Where Are You Now?" spends a fair amount of its energy delicately laying the foundations of the way things are in the present. It's a far cry from where we left off.
It needed to fully close out Rick's story while also planting enough seeds to make possibilities seem endless in the future. For the most part, it did just that, and I never found myself wishing for Rick and Maggie to show up and carry a scene.
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