One of the issues Sharat Raju nails in his course is that Pamela Milton’s spoiled brat son instantly turns into repulsive. From the second Sebastian (Teo Rapp-Olsson) exhibits up with a picnic basket and walks previous Eugene and Stephanie whereas they’re at work, he’s immediately unsympathetic. It’s such a direct distinction between the blood-soaked and succesful fighter Eugene has turn out to be and this stripped-down dilettante who units out to suck his face exterior the partitions whereas surrounded by armed guards. The waste of assets is annoying and rapid, even earlier than Eugene asks who the hell is searching for a nice stroll by means of zombie-infested buildings.
Raju additionally deftly handles the episode’s different sequence, the introduction of Maggie and Negan, strongly. This is thanks partly to nice work by Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Equally spectacular is the second half, during which Daryl and Leah hunt stragglers from Daryl’s personal group of survivors (he thinks) till they discover a comparatively harmless man hiding along with his critically injured spouse and son. Yumiko’s makes an attempt to make her approach by means of the, ahem, higher lessons of the Commonwealth are all over the place, alongside along with her brother Tomi (Ian Anthony Dale).
The fragile chemistry between Norman Reedus and Lynn Collins stays as efficient as ever, and Eleanor Matsuura shows flashes of steely brilliance as Yumiko treads the identical form of camaraderie waters she used to navigate whereas working in legislation. Matsuura additionally does an amazing job of conveying Yumiko’s barely-hidden shock (and horror?) to the extent of opulence out there to these in energy on this group. Sparkling water, natural tea or espresso? In a world the place folks kill different folks over rusty cans of botulism beans?
Raju additionally does a superb job setting the temper. The first clearing sequences work properly, as we see two competent cleaners in Eugene and Princess saddled with both an inexperienced fighter in Stephanie or an injured fighter in Ezekiel (who seems to be a very totally different individual coming again after a visit to the physician mid-episode, with Khary Payton’s efficiency getting near mania in a enjoyable approach, little doubt due to all of the painkillers in Ezekiel’s system). Nothing concerning the episode feels faux, besides possibly the angle of some Commonwealth of us who cease by to work together with their friends, and the strain scenes, like Maggie studying to be a Whisperer and Tomi being taken away by the Commonwealth stormtroopers, are efficient, although total the episode doesn’t really feel prefer it’s in a rush to go anyplace with each bits.
It feels disdainful to name “Promises Broken” an episode of seating association, however it’s. It will increase the problem for Eugene to not endanger the place the place his persons are. It will increase the chance that Ezekiel will change data for additional medical care. Leah and Daryl achieve a mutual secret from the clearly deranged Pope, who flies farther and farther away.
Yumiko now has her brother to fret about, along with her associates from Alexandria, who’ve been taken by mysterious authorities who don’t care a lot for Harvard. Eugene went from feeling trapped to an actual jail for hitting a snotty child. Maggie and Negan lead a Whisperers-style horde towards The Reapers, the place Daryl takes refuge. (Presumably that was what that pressing return to primary message in the direction of the top of the episode was all about.)