Critic Consensus: By returning to its roots, "A New Beginning" pumps fresh blood into TWD and inspires hope for a brighter future.

Episode Info

The Season 9 premiere: Rick and his group make a risky run into Washington, D.C., to search for artifacts they will need to build the civilization he and Carl envisioned.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Melissa McBride
as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
Alanna Masterson
as Tara Chambler
Christian Serratos
as Rosita Espinosa
Josh McDermitt
as Eugene Porter
Seth Gilliam
as Gabriel Stokes
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
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Critic reviews for A New Beginning

A New Beginning proceeded briskly and, in contrast to previous seasons, it moved freely between storylines rather than spending an entire episode bogged down with just one or two characters.

October 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Kang [producer] wastes no time in establishing the new status quo. The premiere isn't called "A New Beginning" for nothing

October 7, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Don't worry, though: the tough, fierce Carol you know and love hasn't disappeared.

October 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The great thing about this episode was balance. It has just enough action to keep the viewer's attention and enough dialog to give the audience enough information about what's been going on.

October 10, 2018 | Rating: 95 | Full Review…

We can probably thank new showrunner (and longtime show writer) Angela Kang for the productive shift in tone.

October 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Focusing on hope and possibility instead doesn't just make for a new start; it makes for a drastically improved piece of television.

October 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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