I won’t go on at length here about how “The Walking Dead” has so vastly improved. I’ve already bored a couple of friends of mine to tears by practically evangelizing to them about how they should start watching the show again after having given up on it.
But now that Season 9 has concluded, I at least need to mention here that I loved it — enough to rate it a 9 out out of 10. There were some narrative problems, some of which were avoidable and some of which weren’t. (It’s always hard to smoothly script around the departures of major characters. This instance must have been especially tough.) But Season 9 is so radically improved in terms of its pacing, plotting and characterization that it might as well be an entirely different TV show. Not only does it move along at a nice, brisk pace, it also paints a fairly broad post-apocalyptic epic on a broad canvas. And it’s scary again, too — owing largely to the arrival of “The Whisperers,” who are among the best villains the show has ever offered. (Only the residents of Terminus come close to being creepier.)
If you’ve given up on the show, I understand that. The overall story has stagnated for years, most notably when it was mired in the static, over-long and depressing story arc in which our heroes were subjugated by Negan. But I recommend you sit down with Season 9 and at least give it a chance. You’ll be happy you did.