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Last year, AMC’s The Walking Dead sparked an outrage.
The gory season 7 premiere threw away beloved characters in the name of archvillain Negan, and audiences followed suit: by the time the midseason finale rolled around, ratings had dropped 40 percent. Now the show has returned for the second half of the season. It’s an opportunity to chart a new course, to correct the mistakes it’s made, and convince viewers that the story of Rick Grimes is still worth following. The only question is whether the series can pull it off. Welcome to The Walking Dead Redemption Club. Nick Statt: If last week’s episode was any indication, The Waking Dead is now going to reel in all of the various storylines it cast out in the first half of the season to prepare for the finale. We know Tara is likely going to bring Rick to Oceanside to shore up some more support for the rebellion against the Saviors, and that will likely take up a whole episode between now and the season finale on April 2nd.