It's no secret that the general, TV-watching population is split into two groups when it comes to The Walking Dead: Those who love it, and those who hate it.
In many ways, it's easy to see why the latter group feels the way they do. Between the end of Season Six and end of Season Eight, it looked as though the post-apocalyptic drama had lost its way, casting fan favourite characters aside, killing off characters who really needed to be left alone, and dragging out plotlines that really needed to be as succinct as possible.
Since then, the ratings for the show have hit an all-time low, and many are adamant they won't be returning for future episodes.
But with the final, extended season looming, it's no stretch to say that The Walking Dead has hit its stride like never before. Despite major narrative risks that threatened to alienate even more fans, and despite the falling viewership, the show has taken on a whole new tone and massively improved on its previous faults thanks to new showrunner Angela Kang.
From the introduction of new characters to the development of fan favourites, to the new approach to action and the shock twists thrown in there for good measure, here are 10 reasons why The Walking Dead is actually better than ever. Some spoilers follow.
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