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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 5 Review: “Self Help” | TVOM

TVOM: "The Walking Dead‘s record with flashbacks is spotty at best – so even though we’re living in the much-improved era of The Walking Dead, the first few shots of Abraham’s first post-apocalypse days gave me great hesitation (remember the multiple flashbacks with Lori early on? *shudder*). Forget The Walking Dead: flashbacks are hard to pull off on any show without feeling like their existence is only to massage the audience’s emotions or retcon important character information – not every show is able to handle them like LOST‘s first season, in other words (and it baked right into the show’s formula, giving it a distinct advantage over other comparable stories). That being said, “Self Help” is yet another pleasant surprise from The Walking Dead‘s fifth season, an episode that not only gives great emotional context to one of the show’s most important, unexplored relationships – but also goes to great lengths to define the characters within that relationship, capping the episode off with a scene that elevates “Self Help” from ‘good’ to ‘great’."

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