Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Still,” was perhaps the most contained episode of the series. Aside from a few random walkers, there are only two people in the entire thing, and most of the time is taken up with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Beth (Emily Kinney) opening up and sharing with each other. Tonight’s installment, “Alone,” offers a wider look at the still-splintered group of survivors, following the pair from last week, who are quickly forming a tight bond, but also checking in with Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), and Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.).
The action bounces back and forth between the two camps, almost moment by moment. This approach is problematic because just when you start to settle into that particular piece, the narrative uproots you and shoots you back to the others. After a few times you start to get tired of this strategy, but it goes on throughout the whole 60 minutes. It doesn’t help matters that the Daryl/Beth story is infinitely more engaging than the Maggie/Sasha/Bob side, especially in the wake of “Still.”