Review: The Walking Dead S8E4 ‘Some Guy’ showcases a fan favourite
The Walking Dead has been having an up and down season. ‘Some Guy’ was typical of this season. On one hand, we have an episode focused on the fan favourite King Ezekiel. On the other hand, we’re still stuck on the same uninspiring day on the show.
Khary Payton’s performance is the main highlight – making an episode that might have otherwise been condemned to the depths of The Walking Dead season eight drudgery memorable. The emotional journey of King Ezekiel is shown through snippets of both past and present. It is also demonstrated in how he responds in the face of isolation and amongst ‘his people’. Since we’ve met him, Ezekiel has been on the upper foot. His safety blanket has now been brutally taken from him and where The Walking Dead goes next with this character will be very interesting.
Payton aside, there’s not much else to commend in ‘Some Guy’. The episode falls into many of the same problems as the episode 2 ‘The Damned’. There’s a lot of action, including one pointless car chase involving Rick and Daryl (who are otherwise uninvolved in the episode). Unlike ‘The Damned’, The Walking Dead focuses almost solely on the people of the Kingdom. This means that the action sequences are limited to even fewer characters, and is, unbelievably, even more boring.
The most frustrating thing is we’re still watching scenes from the same day. It’s been four episodes and we still don’t know what happened to each set of characters on that fateful day. Negan and Father Gabriel, for instance, remain missing in action. This means that we still have at least one more episode before the longest day ever is over.
It really feels like the war against Negan is dragging.