The panel talks about the snowy season 9 sendoff of The Walking Dead

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

The first appearance of snow gave new depth and a new enemy to the survivors of The Walking Dead. Our panelists give their reactions to the snowy season finale.

In The Walking Dead season 9 finale, the Whisperers threat seems to have disappeared for the moment but Mother Nature delivered a killer winter storm that created a new kind of threat. The Kingdom survivors on the road to Hilltop almost didn’t make it to safety before the storm hit full strength. And in Alexandria, the survivors had to bunk up together in order to try and stay warm enough to survive the fierce cold.

Negan may have bought himself a little redemption with Michonne by saving Judith, but he’s still got a long ways to go before Michonne or any of the leaders in Alexandria are going to let him be an active part of the community.

Even though the storm was hellish the aftermath was beautiful and exactly the pause that fans needed after the devasting mass killing in 915. The snowy landscape was bewitchingly pretty and turned the grimy, dirty, run down post-apocalyptic world filled with wrecks and ruined buildings and decaying reminders of a long-dead civilization into a pristine landscape. While the snow makes it tougher to spot buried walkers it seems like the cold does make them freeze, which gives the survivors a little bit of a breather from the constant walker danger they face.

The best part of the episode was the snowball fight among the survivors at Alexandria. Seeing a happy Grimes family moment as well as seeing Carol and Daryl back in Alexandria and seeing everyone having a rare lighthearted loving family moment was a great way to end the season. Here’s what our panelists thought of the first snow covered episode of The Walking Dead:

A Winter Walker Wonderland

What was your reaction to seeing snow for the first time in The Walking Dead?

Sonya says:

"I loved it! But I lose my mind where snow is concerned so it’s not a shocker that I loved it. I thought it was beautiful though. It kind of felt like a Christmas episode to me because of the heartfelt family moments and the stunning snowy scenes."

Sara says:

"I loved seeing the world of The Walking Dead covered in Snow!  It was so beautiful and terrifying at the same time. I loved getting to see the icy walkers too! What a brilliant experience for the show! It was all so visually stunning!"

Jeffrey says:

"The element of snow was the best part of the season finale for me. For years, I have wanted to see even just a light snowfall, but we got a full-blown blizzard! It was absolutely beautiful and haunting to see the zombie apocalypse landscape covered in snow. The blizzard created so many unique challenges for our survivors and raised the stakes by a lot. Seeing walkers slowly rise out of snow is downright terrifying."

Sarabeth says:

"I think it was a nice change of pace. Clearly weather has been an important factor in the show, from drought to storms that bring lots of rain and swollen river beds (as seen in the season 9 premiere). I think seeing more of the seasons would be nice for the show moving forward."

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