Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 11 “Hostiles and Calamities”

Just when you think this show has redirected itself and is starting to get better it gives us an episode like this. Slow, mostly irrelevant to the wider plot and with forced character development, this episode was a tough one to get excited about. Having a character like Eugene be the audience’s main perspective into the lives of the show’s antagonists is already going to be an uphill battle due to the character’s lack of charisma and gravitas. It also is repetitive of other characters trapped and vulnerable, at the mercy of the show’s big bad. But what made it even more tedious as it feels like the show still has little idea where it is going. This episode stalled this second half’s momentum, with Eugene’s apparent development seeming obvious and predictable. While I would be shocked if Eugene truly had transitioned to the dark side, I also wouldn’t care because the character contributes very little over the course of a season. Sure he figured out how to create bullets, but what has that actually influenced? Luckily, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, Dwight’s story was emotional, riveting and actually representative of the complex characters this show could potentially offer. The backstory with Sherri is still slightly convoluted and only delivered through exposition, but the character looks to be growing into a relatable and fortunately nuanced villain, unlike Negan. 5.9/10

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