Despite giving audiences the first appearance of the notorious Saviors in the much anticipated mid-season finale, it appears as though episode 8 of The Walking Dead didn't go down all that well with the fans. In fact, over on Rotten Tomatoes, episode 8 'Start to Finish' has only managed a 32% or a 'rotten' rating, making it the worst reviewed episode of the entire series. Ouch.
At 32% the episode joins just six other episodes which have been ranked as "rotten" by reviewers. interestingly, Season 6 currently has three "rotten" episodes, the most of any season of The Walking Dead by far.
Many viewer and critic complaints seem to come from the fact that while it looked like the show had set up many events to take place in the mid-season finale, such as Ron and his beef with Carl, as well as Morgan and his captive Wolf, in actuality the episode was rather thin on action, and heavy on build up. Observer critic Noam Cohen commented:
When the episode faded to black, deferring the end of this scene to February, it felt incomplete rather than suspenseful. We don't know what happens next, but we're also not given a motivating reason to wonder beyond "Do our heroes survive?"
While personally I quite liked the episode, it was definitely a good mid-season finale and not a great one like we've seen the likes of in Season 4 and 5. And it was certainly one which was supposed to entice fans, ensuring they would stick around until the mid-season premiere in February. Has it worked? We'll have to wait until 2016 to find out!
'The Walking Dead' will return with the mid-season premiere on February 14th, 2016