It’s another crash-bang-wallop episode for the show that’s barely paused for breath. In Monster, the action calmed (slightly) and things got emotional
• Spoiler alert: this blog is published after The Walking Dead airs in the US on Sundays. Do not read unless you have watched season eight, episode two, which airs in the UK on Fox on Mondays at 9pm
“You’re a monster,” a clammy-faced Morales said to Rick, as he baldly explained the over-arching theme and the title of another crash-bang-wallop episode. Yet, while far from perfect, Monsters did offer a welcome change of pace from the frenetic ammo-dumping of the previous two outings. (Someone finally – finally – ran out of bullets.) The possibility of Ezekiel’s demise was dangled before us, for another. Monsters also benefitted from the continued absence of Negan, the Foghorn Leghorn of leather-jacketed villains. Yet the episode’s strengths – and there were a few – lay in its quieter, emotional moments. There were even a couple of attempts at comedy. Season seven this definitely ain’t.