The Walking Dead Midseason Report Card: Best Episode, Worst Twist, And More!

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7. Biggest Letdown: Maggie's Abrupt Departure

Biggest Letdown: Maggie's Abrupt Departure

We knew that Lauren Cohan would be leaving at some point during The Walking Dead's ninth season. However, the manner in which her character's exit was handled is a bit puzzling.

It was incredibly jarring to come to the realization that Maggie left the group to join Georgie at some point during the six years following Rick's "death." Instead of learning what transpired first hand, we were merely given some lazy exposition from Jesus and Tara. While that's all fine and dandy, we've followed Maggie through so many hardships in her character's arc, and learning that we weren't a part of such a pivotal moment was disappointing.

It's been confirmed that Lauren Cohan will return at some point in Season 10, so perhaps we'll get some more insight or a flashback episode explaining Maggie's departure. But at that point will anyone really care?

8. Best Twist - The Second Time Jump

Best Twist - The Second Time Jump

After already jumping ahead a year and a half at the start of the season, the closing moments of "What Comes After" threw us a huge curveball by revealing that there had been yet another time jump. This one, however, a six-year jump and the series' biggest to date.

The realization of the now ten-year-old Judith Grimes saving the new group of survivors left the viewers in shock. And the fact that Lil' Asskicker was sporting Carl's hat, Rick's gun, and a miniature version of Michonne's katana was all sorts of awesome.

9. Worst Twist - Rick's "Death"

Worst Twist - Rick's "Death"

Ever since it was announced that Andrew Lincoln was leaving The Walking Dead, fans went into a speculation frenzy and trying to figure out how Rick's character would be written out of the show. While "What Comes After" was ranked as one of the series' best episodes, it ironically contains the season's worst twist.

After leading the herd to the bridge, Rick makes one final selfless act to save his friends by blowing up the bridge that he fought so hard to build, supposedly sacrificing himself in the process. While it would have been a tad depressing it would have been more befitting of Rick's character in closing out his arc. Instead, Rick miraculously washes up down the river and whisked away to safety by Jadis' mysterious helicopter group.

While it's nice to know that we'll be getting some original AMC movies that will continue Rick's story, it's hard not to feel a bit cheated with the fact that Rick actually survived.

10. Most Predictable Moment - Maggie Not Killing Negan

Most Predictable Moment - Maggie Not Killing Negan

Come on, was there ever any doubt that Maggie would decide against killing Negan? Show of hands, anyone? After Maggie infiltrated Alexandria and found Negan in his frail and pitiful state, she realized keeping him locked up was a far worse punishment than anything she could do to him.

The series has done so much fluffing with Negan's character over the last couple of seasons, and we've only barely scratched the surface. So, there was no way all of that established work would go to waste. That's because the series has some big plans for the character.

11. Most Interesting Character Development - Negan's Redemption Arc

Most Interesting Character Development - Negan's Redemption Arc

Love him or hate him, Negan is one hell of a charismatic character. Sure, he's done some down-right horrific things, but is Negan truly beyond redemption?

Aside from Carl, Gabriel has been the only person who has been able to get through to Negan and peel back some of those layers and find some semblance of a human being. Can Negan actually redeem himself? Will he end up playing a pivotal role in the coming Whisperer conflict? That remains to be seen, but it will no doubt be a fascinating journey to see where his story goes.

12. Most Shocking Moment - The Whisperers Reveal / Jesus' death.

Most Shocking Moment - The Whisperers Reveal / Jesus' death.
The Walking Dead is notorious for its shocking -- and, at times, questionable -- character deaths and the midseason finale was no exception. While Jesus' death came as a surprise, the manner in which the character went out set the stage for introducing the series' next big bad.

While losing Jesus is an unfortunate loss for the group and the series, the surprise Whisperer attack was such an incredibly powerful introduction to this new terrifying group. While Jesus may have become the Whisperers' first victim, their reign of terror has only just begun.

The Whisperers have quickly established themselves as a true force to be reckoned with.

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The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 1: "A New Beginning", The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 5: "What Comes After", The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 6: "Who Are You Now?", The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 7: "Stradivarius", The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 8: "Evolution", The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 2: "The Bridge", The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 3: "Warning Signs", The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 4: "The Obliged"
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