While The Walking Dead has never been a series to keep both feet on the pedal, there’s no denying the pace has slowed to as close a standstill it’s had since the unfairly-maligned second season on Hershel’s farm aired back in 2011.
The series has recently been intent on tearing up the rule book each half season, shedding this storytelling skin in favour of a new technique to keep viewers on their toes. Much like Game of Thrones largely treats its characters to one scene per episode, The Walking Dead season 7’s knack thus far is to make you feel you may only glimpse certain characters one episode per season (Carol and Morgan, for example, haven’t been heard from since episode two).
With the mid-season finale approaching, it seems this tactic is winding to a close with Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Heath (Corey Hawkins – the new lead of FOX’s upcoming 24 reboot) the last characters to be ticked off the ‘where-the-hell-have-they-been?’ list. Not seen since that chilling season six episode which saw our group cold-bloodedly murder sleeping Saviours at the satellite station, Tara and Heath have been scavenging for the Hilltop Colony ever since – and, in Tara’s case, so much more.