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Sing Me a Song 

As Eugene and Rosita head to the bullet factory, Rick and Aaron search for supplies for Negan. Meanwhile, Carl and Jesus find themselves on their way to the Sanctuary.

Director:

Rosemary Rodriguez

Writers:

Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene (credit only)
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier (credit only)
Lennie James ... Morgan Jones (credit only)
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams (credit only)
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler (credit only)
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Negan
Seth Gilliam ... Gabriel Stokes
Ross Marquand ... Aaron
Austin Nichols ... Spencer Monroe
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As Eugene and Rosita head to the bullet factory, Rick and Aaron search for supplies for Negan. Meanwhile, Carl and Jesus find themselves on their way to the Sanctuary.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

The 90th episode of The Walking Dead (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Father Gabriel Stokes and Spencer Monroe are in the car, they didn't put the seat belt. The car is "new" and there's no "beep" audio that could alert them that they didn't put the seat belt. See more »

Quotes

Negan: [to Carl]
[scoffs]
Negan: You do the same damn stink eye as your dad - except it's only half as good, cuz, ya know, you're missing one eye.
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Connections

Featured in Talking Dead: Sing Me a Song (2016) See more »

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Bang Bang (Remastered)
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Performed by Janis Martin
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Sing me a better song
11 January 2021 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While the previous episode "Swear" to me was not that bad, as there were a few things about it (like it being a calmer change of pace and such) that were appreciated, it was also not too good either. It didn't really go very far and felt too much like filler. So of course a large part of me wanted "Sing Me a Song" to be an episode that would gain momentum and progress things finally (being somebody who mostly didn't care for this season), and it really had potential to.

"Sing Me a Song" however was another episode of 'The Walking Dead' to leave me very torn, and while it is easy to see to some extent why it was critically praised it is actually even easier to see why it has been divisive here and elsewhere. It is an improvement on "Swear" (just) as it does try to move things forward and did intrigue me at least in seeing what would happen in proceeding episodes, which that episode did not, but doesn't do it entirely successfully. The effort is admirable but to me it didn't quite come off as well as it could have done.

There are definitely good things. It is a well made episode visually, very gritty and effectively claustrophobic without trying to be too clever for its own good. Mostly the music looms ominously while not hammering home too much. The direction has some nice tense and stylish moments later on. With one exception, the acting is fine. With the performance of the episode coming from Jeffrey Dean Morgan, freaky, sometimes funny but also more nuanced than what was seen before as Negan.

Really did appreciate that "Sing Me a Song" did try to start expanding everything with the Sanctuary for the first time in a proper while, did try to flesh out Negan and Carl's relationship and did try to start moving around the pieces that took too long to be laid out beforehand. Also appreciated that it returned back to the multiple storyline structure rather than featuring on one story and few characters, and to see long neglected characters get some screen time.

As said, there was an exception to the acting. For my tastes Chandler Riggs overacts and Carl's behaviour was so erratic and borderline ridiculous throughout. Lets not get started on the truly awkward singing. While the relationship between Negan and Carl showed signs of intrigue and had me interested in where it was going to go, the writing was less than perfect with some very cheesy and stilted parts.

It is not a very well scripted episode mostly, too much of it sounds silly and awkward and the needlessly long-winded dialogue for Negan was already starting to grate and we are not even halfway through the season. Am going to be another person to criticise the extended running time. When reading the synopsis, it does sound like "Sing Me a Song" has a lot of content and needs that amount of time or longer. The execution however felt the opposite, meaning that too much time is spent on Negan and Carl and too many of the other characters and their stories are introduced but done very little with or with too much time spent on them without really going anywhere, also the motivations are unclear and aimless. As a result, the episode feels over-stretched and draggy.

Overall, a little better but not great at all. Another left me torn episode, while appreciating its intentions. 5/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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