The Walking Dead Went Man vs. Wild for Its Season 9 Finale | 3/31/2019 | Liam Mathews
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Last week's massacre was the climax of The Walking Dead Season 9, so Sunday's finale, "The Storm," was something like a lower-stakes man vs. wild epilogue. The incremental character moves and inconsequential walker action made it feel more like a midseason episode than a finale — but not in a bad way. The character beats were satisfying, especially Carol's (Melissa McBride) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Michonne's (Danai Gurira). It was a pretty self-contained episode about characters not regressing to their old ways.

The episode took place during a blizzard, after a short time jump from the events of 915. Without Henry (Matt Lintz) around to do plumbing work, the Kingdom's pipes burst as winter fell, and the buildings became unlivable. So the residents had to relocate to Hilltop. Unfortunately, a blizzard hit shortly after they got on the road, forcing them to take shelter in the ruins of the Sanctuary.

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Along the way, resentments bared their venomous fangs. Alden (Callan McAuliffe), bitter about Enid's (Katelyn Nacon) death, lashed out at Lydia (Cassady McClincy), even though Lydia is supposed to be part of the group. Ezekiel (Khary Payton) asked Daryl (Norman Reedus) not to stay at Hilltop because he blames him for Henry's death. Lydia came very close to letting a walker bite her because she blames herself for all the misfortune that has befallen her and thinks the world will be better without her, but then Carol interrupted her and she didn't go through with it.

At the Sanctuary, Carol admitted to Daryl that she felt like she was losing herself again. The last time she lost herself was when she grew exhausted of all the killing and death around her in Season 6, and she ran away from Alexandria and went and lived by herself for a while, until Morgan...
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