It’s The Walking Dead season finale, so expect death, deception, and graphic violence.

Title: “Welcome to the Tombs”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Ernest Dickerson
Written by Glenn Mazzara

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
David Morrissey as the Governor
Julie Sommars as J.J.
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Laurie Holden as Andrea
Norman Reedus as Darryl Dixon
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Scott Wilson as Herschel Greene
Dallas Roberts as Milton
Chad Coleman as Chase Tyreese
Jose Pablo Cantillo as Martinez
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha
Melissa Suzanne McBride as Carol Peletier
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Vincent Ward as Oscar

Additional cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

High Point

The show handled the suspense brilliantly, both in the prison and that locked room.

In the last two weeks, the show has killed off characters whose heads much of the audience has demanded. When these deaths finally come to pass, we cared about those people, and saw their potential to continue as characters.

Low Point

The Governor’s psychotic incident, while not exactly out of character, seems terribly convenient from the point of view of resolving the current conflict and creating a new one.

The Scores

Originality: 4/6

Effects: 6/6 Zombies and explosions!

Story: 5/6 The story works, though we have to accept a number of events. For example, we have a quick retreat by people– who, I concede haven’t been trained as soldiers.

You’d think that one of the Governor’s lieutenants would just shoot him around now.

Acting: 6/6 Chandler Riggs rises to the challenges the writers have given his character. His story was never likely to end well. Now we see how twisted his life may become, and yet, we can still understand all of his motives.

Dallas Roberts makes a strong exit.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Welcome to the Tombs” receives 37/42