The episode has gotten great reviews everywhere -- except here.
For the second season in a row, The Walking Dead took Rick Grimes and a couple of others away from the rest of the characters for an entire episode. And for the second season in a row, this led to one of the best episodes yet for the series.
Vulture: 4 out of 5
The Walking Dead may be the weirdest show on television right now. All season long it’s been dragging its feet (and I’m not talking about zombies here) and then suddenly it delivers a very good episode like last night’s.
Last week I mentioned that The Walking Dead is a deeply flawed show. I stand by that — I enjoy the show, but it's despite lack of characterization and ridiculously straightforward dialogue (let me put it this way; I'm hard-pressed to think of a more popular show whose characters audiences merely tolerate, not enjoy). I mention this because last night's "Clear" is just about perfect, easily the best TWD episode since the pilot, and one of the best episodes of television of the entire season.
Paste Magazine: 9
The tense moments we’ve come to expect (zombies waking up in a dark, musty restaurant) are balanced by quiet, philosophical moments that dig deeper into what it means to be alive without the structures of civilization. And Lennie James’ performance as a the traumatized Morgan give the episode the gravitas it needed.
“Clear,” this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, strips away nearly everything that has defined the series so far this season — the prison, Woodbury, the Governor, Andrea’s weekly bouts with stupidity — and instead offers us a version of the show in its simplest form. The end result? Easily the best episode of the season. Maybe even the best episode of The Walking Dead‘s entire run so far.
Last week’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead was a bit on the dull side, but tonight’s ep really made up for it! New locations to experience, interesting relationships to explore and even a surprise reunion. While it wasn’t the most action-packed of episodes, there was just something about tonight’s hour that took the franchise to a whole new level.
“Clear” was one of those strong character-building episodes I’ve been longing for this season.