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“The Walking Dead” Season 7 Started Off Horrifying and Ended Beautifully

My personal favorite season just reached a perfect conclusion.

When “The Walking Dead” returned to AMC for its seventh season back in October of last year, I was left stunned, shocked, and completely horrified by how far the show went to establish Negan as its most terrifying villain to date; and I wasn’t alone, as many viewers were so turned off by the Season 7 premiere’s barbaric violence that they vowed to stop watching altogether.

And it wasn’t hard to understand where they were coming from.

As long as I live, I will likely never forget the image of Glenn’s final moments, his eyeball literally hanging out of its socket as he said goodbye to Maggie, nor will I ever forget the gnarly visual of Abraham’s head literally exploding like a watermelon. And let’s not forget the look on Rick Grimes’ face as he was forced to witness those deeply disturbing acts; Andrew Lincoln’s incredible acting drove home just how horrifying and upsetting it all was. Rick was completely broken by Negan and, if I’m being honest, so was I back in October.

The first half of Season 7 was anything but joyful, but all the depression paved way for a deeply cathartic moment at the end of the mid-season finale: Rick and friends reunited, got their mojo back, and decided to take the fight directly to Negan. As I wrote back in December, Season 7’s first eight episodes formed the show’s best half-season story arc to date; and now that the entire picture has been painted, I feel pretty comfortable labeling Season 7 the best overall season in “The Walking Dead” history.

Last night’s Season 7 finale, ‘The First Day of the Rest of Your Life,’ was pure poetry from start to finish, capitalizing on seven years worth of storytelling to tie up the entire season and move the storyline into a new direction for Season 8. With everything that’s been going on, we (and the characters) have had precious little time to mourn the deaths of Abraham and Glenn, but the Greg Nicotero-directed finale delivered that sense of closure like only “The Walking Dead” can.

Of course, the biggest thing to happen was the death of Sasha, who sacrificed herself to give her friends family the upper hand in the battle against Negan. Sasha committed suicide by taking the death capsule that Eugene concocted for her; she willingly turned herself into a zombie for the greater good, making for a main character death the likes of which we’ve never quite seen before. It was a fitting and surprisingly beautiful end for a character who so often put herself on the line to protect others.

Sasha’s death also helped to put a touching and satisfying bow on the life of Abraham. Well-utilized flashbacks showed us the conversation with Abraham that ultimately led to Sasha’s huge sacrifice; Abraham told Sasha that the only real living was helping others. And really, that was the entire theme of the whole episode – a nail that was brilliantly hit on the head by the writers’ decision to weave the Season 7 finale into the show’s very first episode.

After they drove the Saviors out of Alexandria, Maggie delivered a poignant monologue about Glenn and the impact he had on, well, everyone and everything we’ve ever seen on the show. You may remember that Glenn saved Rick’s life in episode one of “The Walking Dead” back in 2010, and Maggie’s monologue put that into poetic context. Clutching Glenn’s pocket watch, given to him by her father, a pregnant Maggie heroically rallied the troops for battle by noting that the world was literally changed the moment that Glenn decided to lend Rick a hand.

Here’s the perfectly written (and delivered) speech in full:

The decision was made a long time ago. Before any of us knew each other. We were all strangers who would’ve just passed each other on the street before the world ended. And now we mean everything to each other. You were in trouble. You were trapped. Glenn didn’t know you, but he helped you. He put himself in danger for you. And that started it all. From Atlanta to my daddy’s farm to the prison to here. To this moment now. Not as strangers. As family. Because Glenn chose to be there for you that day a long time ago; that was the decision that changed everything. It started with both of you, and it just grew. All of this. To sacrifice for each other. To suffer, to stand, to grieve, to give, to love, to live. To fight for each other. Glenn made the decision, Rick. I was just following his lead.

The speech brought gravity not just to Sasha’s own sacrifice in the episode, but also to the deaths of both Abraham and Glenn. It was the perfect tribute to those three characters and really, to every character we’ve lost in the past 7 years that “The Walking Dead” has been on the air. Above all else, the show has always been about the characters and their relationships, and Season 7’s finale stressed just how important each and every one of those characters has been in the grand scheme. If you had been feeling that Glenn and Abraham weren’t properly eulogized by the show in the wake of their horrifying demises, well, it’s clear now that the writers were feeling the same way. And I can’t think of a more perfect tribute to our fallen heroes than the one we got last night.

No show on television right now does long form storytelling better than “The Walking Dead”; and if you’ve got the patience for it, oh boy is it powerful when it wants and needs to be. It wanted to be last night. It needed to be last night. And seven years of storytelling was just wrapped up so beautifully that I was moved to tears by the hope displayed by a group of characters who seemed to have been, just six months ago, irrevocably robbed of the slightest semblance of hope. It was a season-long, multi-character story arc that couldn’t possibly have been more well executed.

From beginning to end, Season 7 of “The Walking Dead” was truly masterful.



COMMENTS

105 Comments
  • Chris Dood

    it started off boring and predictable .. and it ended BORING AND PREDICTABLE … this show sucks now

    • Michael Gevins

      Exactly. Only an idiot could not have seen scavengers betrayal. The Alien ads were nice though.

      • Slartibartfaster

        Yeah, why did Rick trust them? Freaking obvious weirdos.

  • I gave up from TWD since the season 3 because it was too boring, they should compress each season in 8 episodes.

    • Hack Snyder

      “they should compress each season in 8 episodes.”
      Yeah, this has been a major problem ever since season 2. Far too often the plot comes to a total standstill to focus on minor characters that no one cares about.

  • richp_91

    Stopped watching after 7A finale.. and I don’t regret it.

  • JosephPattisall

    Well said and well written. It sure wasn’t lost on me and I’m glad I’m not the one. Thanks for this.

  • RJ MacReady

    I liked the episode, but thought this season was a mega snooze-fest after the first episode. Hopefully season 8 will be better.
    And PLEASE kill off Tara!

    • zombie84_41

      Ya shes annoying as fuck too and eugene, and for the love of god get rid of that ugly alien lookin women.

  • Mavis Zene

    You’re kidding, right? This show has been good since season 3.

  • J Jett

    on other sites i’ve been reading a LOT of negative reviews for the finale and for the season overall.

    • zombie84_41

      Cus this site sucks ass now and has been going down too LOL.

  • Hack Snyder

    “My personal favorite season just reached a perfect conclusion.”
    “From beginning to end, Season 7 of “The Walking Dead” was truly masterful.”

    Oh lordy, this is some Chris Hardwick level shilling. I have no idea how anyone could seriously think season 7 is the best season of The Walking Dead. It’s by far the worst. Season 2 is masterfully paced perfection compared to season 7.

    • Mavis Zene

      Agreed. Season 2 is perfection compared to seasons 3-7.

      • Hack Snyder

        I would say seasons 3-5 are better than 2. Although I hated season 5’s hospital subplot. I’m not sure about season 6, you could probably talk me into thinking it’s worse than season 2.

        • Mavis Zene

          Imo, season 2 has the best character development.

          • Hack Snyder

            Shane, Rick and Carol had some great character development in season 2 but Andrea and Beth annoyed the shit out of me and I think way too much time was spent on the farm.

          • Mavis Zene

            Season 2 is what made me like Andrea a whole lot. I didn’t care for Beth till she got shot in the head. I just feel like season 2 had a certain charm to it. It’s a charm that got lost through season 3 and has yet to come back. Even the filler episodes were entertaining to watch. They weren’t dull like they are now. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      Fucking hell. The main complaint I see from a lot of the people criticizing the show is how they feel stuff is dragged out, yet you are the first I’ve seen point to the EXACT FREAKING SEASON where shit dragged out to a ridiculous extent. While I still believe Shane was vastly improved as a character in the show, and his arc in season 2 worked out well, it still doesn’t change the fact sitting through a lot of the other stuff in 2 was becoming a freaking chore.

      • Hack Snyder

        I’m not saying season 2 is good, I’m saying season 7 is so bad it makes season 2 look good. I fully agree that most of season 2 was dragged out.

  • Mavis Zene

    You’re kidding, right? This show hasn’t been good since season 3.

    • zombie84_41

      season 5 was awesome. prob the best season.

      • Mavis Zene

        Hated season 5. Except for the Beth storyline, thought she had potential to be a strong female. Writers were dumb to kill her off so early.

        • zombie84_41

          her storyline was stupid but at least the deaths and pacing were very good. They had a lot of disturbing deaths in that season, esp Noah’s I still think that is the best on screen death on that show besides the opening of Season 7.

  • llcc1103

    Me and my buddies have coined the term “The Corny Dead” lol that was soap opera b level tv last night. THe dialouge, the music, etc etc … its awful

    • DAWnofthedead 91

      Until we find out that Rick’s been dead since his coma and his twin brother Dick has actually been our hero and Glenn’s twin brother Benn is actually the baby’s dad and appears some time soon, we’re nowhere near soap opera territory.

      • Wil McMullen

        Dammit if the things you mentioned actually come to pass, I’d actually lose my shit and stop watching TWD. Lol!

        • zombie84_41

          Or the alien rumor that was going around if they end the show like that I would seriously love be happy.

          • Wil McMullen

            Ha… I mentioned that ending during another article. I would love it if that rumor were to actually be brought into fruition.

          • zombie84_41

            Me too man. That be really awesome.

      • zombie84_41

        I would love that.

  • huntermc

    This show sucks! I stopped watching before the pilot episode even aired!

    • Travis_Bickle

      🙂

    • zombie84_41

      Ya its really become something shitty.

  • jasonlives1986

    I reached my level of impatience last night when it couldn’t of been any more obvious they are filling air time with no direction or end goal in site.

    Like the kingdom randomly showing up to help Carl and yet no one takes a direct shot at negan while he’s vulnerable? No plan on their end?

    Jesus just 2 weeks ago Rosetta had a plan. I can’t even deal with it to watch skunk face drunk anymore

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      Rosita’s war path just got retarded as did her character. Like, I understood her doing what she did when Rick and co. were still allowing themselves to be oppressed by Negan, but her continued recklessness and attitude just made her look like an imbecile. Started to look forward to seeing her head on a pike.

  • Wil McMullen

    I absolutely love this show! I also get why people may dislike it as well and that’s all fine. The beaitiful thing is that AMC isnt the only channel, so people caught up on hating TWD are inclined to changing the channel, to find something more their speed. I dug this article (@ John Squires). I actually thought it was a beautiful way to end this particular season as well. I also thank God, the writers choose to end this season without a cliffhanger (sorry, as much as I love this show I hated the shit out of last seasons ending).

    • Matt

      Yes, yes, yes to all you said except the cliffhanger. I thought it was great, but that’s just my opinion.

      • Hack Snyder

        I thought the cliffhanger was indefensibly bad. The whole season was building up to that iconic moment from the comics and then when we finally got to it the rug was pulled out from under us in the cheapest way possible. It was like AMC was shouting at the audience “TUNE IN NEXT YEAR, SUCKERS! WE’VE GOT YOU BY THE BALLS!”

        • Wil McMullen

          They had me by the balls the moment i heard this show was actually in development before its first season. I had to wait too long to find out who bit the bullet last seasons finale. That was kinda cruel on AMC’s part…. They definitely knew what they were doing. Cause that had me anticipating its return for 6(7?) long mths.

  • Richter Belmont

    ‘No show on television right now does long form storytelling better than “The Walking Dead”’

    Ha, ha, ha, ha! Someone obviously doesn’t watch Game Of Thrones. The biggest problem with TWD is that they don’t know how to tell multiple storylines in one episode, and instead devote an entire episode on ancillary characters who no one cares about, or who will die soon because they’re leaving the show. Thus, they end up drawing out potentially good storylines for absolutely no reason, and any anticipation for the rest of the season gets deflated.

    I don’t mind TWD but GOT easily outstrips it in storytelling, and has been recognised for it with multiple awards, and if you don’t believe otherwise you’re an idiot.

    • Dr Manhattan

      The fact is GoT is from Fantasy, a genre known for being so vast and diverse that nothing is original about it having 20+ character’s storyline.
      Don’t get me wrong, I love ASOIF (not the tv show who is just an enormous joke to anyone who read the books), but comparing it to TWD is completely stupid and irrelevant.
      The only thing GoT is good at is the incredible work on the costumes and places they shoot (like seriously this is some museum shit). I might even say that it surpass TWD, even if the walkers are quite a piece for the eyes too and I enormously respect the working makeup team behind it.

    • Dan

      I agree 100%, I hate the one storyline per episode form of writing. Love or hate Rick, his character drives the show. Having him removed from any episode is ridiculous.

    • zombie84_41

      GOT is amazing and three million times better then TWD

  • Travis_Bickle

    Stopped watching after they made it to Terminus. The day I removed it from my DVR was both sad..but necessary

    • Hack Snyder

      The opening episode of season 5 is actually pretty good. There’s a ton of action and plot progression.

      • Travis_Bickle

        And then the rest of the season sucked?

        • Hack Snyder

          Lol, there was a ton of shitty filler but it wasn’t any worse than seasons 2-4. I would seriously recommend watching the first episode of season 5, it’s one of the top 3 best episodes of the entire series. But then drop it again and never look back.

    • zombie84_41

      Season 5 is the best season of this show.

      • Travis_Bickle

        I still feel season 1 is the best

        • zombie84_41

          one wasn’t bad either, mine are 5,1,3,4,6,7

          • Travis_Bickle

            2?

          • zombie84_41

            LMFAO yup really by passed that one LOL. Fuck it, I give up on the internet now.

  • macguffin54

    Yeah, this season was very poor. There wasn’t any real story to speak of and it moved very slowly. The finale was also very poor. The coffin-thing was contrived and incredulous, and Negan threatening and blathering on is getting old. And something about it felt kinda lame. I miss season two’s great finale with the horde of zombies. And speaking of zombies, where are they? This is a show about zombies but they are an afterthought at this point. I still watch because I love zombies, but really, here’s hoping it gets better (unlike the comics).

    • macguffin54

      Yeah and the whole Sasha thing was anti-climactic and way easy to predict from the start. As was the Kingdom showing up. And all of that would have been fine if they had done something good or different or interesting with Sasha’s death and the Kingdom showing up. But it was all kind of “eh, this again?” The only real surprise was the Scavengers being traitors.

  • WALKTER

    I Like TWD but couldn’t get into this season, kinda like the second, third and first half of the fourth. There’s some good episodes here and there, but overall kinda dull. Then there’s those autistic garbage pale kids, good god they’re annoying, especially that Dr. Cornelius looking broad.

  • Brandon Burns

    I can’t for the life of me understand why people still watch this shit show.

    • zombie84_41

      I’m asking myself the same question I might be getting off this train now. I’m giving season 8 a try and if it turns out to be pure shit like 7 and 6, then I’m out. I wished the show could be like season 5. That season was honestly the greatest well written tense season.

  • Matt

    Wonderful write-up (you nailed it John Squires) on the excellent season finale of a great season. Looking forward to season 8!

  • Hack Snyder

    “No show on television right now does long form storytelling better than “The Walking Dead””
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    • Satanzilla

      Couldn’t agree more. TWD is an algorithm by now. BCS is gripping storytelling.

    • zombie84_41

      LOL right walking dead’s story telling is like a highschool student making a novel.

    • Slartibartfaster

      Absolutely agree with you Hank. I like both but Better Call Saul destroys the Walking Dead.

  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    Thank you for the wonderful article. You articulated my exact sentiments. The storytelling all season has brought me helplessness, hopefulness, tears of both happiness and sadness. It’s everything and more that I had hoped for. Season 8 cannot come fast enough.

  • Satanzilla

    I guess it’s just me, but I wouldn’t call a zombie kamikaze in a casket, and a tiger from out of nowhere, “pure poetry.”

    It’s so sad the TWD started with the great conceit “let’s tell a story in a Romero zombie apocalypse, but tell it as if it’s •really happening•,” but now we have tigers and kings and weird gangs right out of “The Warriors.” They have shit all over their own wonderful conceit.

  • Dr Manhattan

    As a die hard fan of the comics wayyyy before all the fuss about the show, this season was truly incredible, and lived to the comic’s tone (I say tone, not story line) which was what made me so furious against this show in the first place.
    In all honestly, Negan’s arc was the last chance I gave to the show to be true after the catastrophic experience that was the Governor. When I heard that they indeed killed Glenn, I just *knew* that this season was finally going to be on the same tone as the comics, and I watched it. It was truly an incredible season, and I really hope the All Out War arc is going to be done on the same spirit, and the Whisperers too.

    Fuck the critics or what fanboys of the show “before” say about this season, I really hope the writers knows that this is what this show should have been about for a long time. If it’s not in your taste, go back to GoT snowflakes!

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      I’ve always been a fan of the books too, but the show has improved upon them multiple times at this point. And one of the things I thought the show improved on was the Governor. In the comics, he was almost cartoonish with how psycho he was. I’m not saying I need every baddie humanized to a degree, but actually showcasing some of that made me buy his character more.

      And when it comes to the Whisperers, I hope the show also decides to take some liberties with that. Especially, you know, not killing arguably the most interesting character in that entire group so damn fucking early.

      • Eastman420

        Lol yeah Alpha dieing so fast was dissapointing but how it happened was epic

      • Slartibartfaster

        I thought the Whisperers were replaced by the Garbage people. I’m hoping I’m wrong but I don’t think the Whisperers will be making an appearance.

    • WALKTER

      Geez dude, who cares if someone doesn’t like a show you do.

      • Pluto Hiller

        Everyone that comes to a positive review of the show to talk shit. That’s exactly who cares. Probably a little too much. They prove that by stating how they are going to stop watching the show, as if everyone who likes it would be offended.

        • WALKTER

          Different strokes, folks don’t need to get all pissy about an opinion, that’s nutty. You can enjoy something without the rest of the world agreeing with you.

  • Chris Dood

    i dont see how nobody is touching on the sasha thing please tell me what was the purpose of killing herself she could have still jumped on him when the casket was opened.. she could have still taken him to the ground and she might have survived to actually help her friends. killing herself and attacking him as a zombie was VERY poor writing IMO

    • zombie84_41

      I feel cus she was going to be killed by negan anyways, and negan was going to kill off somebody she admired in the group so she decide to do something about it.

    • Pluto Hiller

      What could Sasha have done? Jumping on Neegan wouldn’t have solved anything and plenty of his thugs would have just pulled her off, or at the very least quickly shot her. Then he would have used her to make Rick stand down. Frankly, she saved both the viewers and the actors from having to watch her skull get caved in on top of someone else’s. I’m more concerned with why Rick wouldn’t have attacked Neegan when they were face to face? Knowing his son was about to die and that Judith was possibly just killed, I don’t think he would have just sat there doing nothing again. You could see the rage in both men. Rick should have tackled him, and then the Kingdom could interrupt.

  • Aaron Johnson

    I didn’t like last night. I thought the Scavengers turning on them was unnecessary and mean-spirited. And we did not get it see even ONE person that we absolutely despise get it. I was hoping that Simon would get eaten by Shiva or the Gregory stuff would happen. No we get machine guns chasing the saviors away without a mark on them as Negan flips the bird. Then the speech at the end. Bleah. I’m over it. It needs to go away for a long time now.

  • zombie84_41

    This ep was useless and stupid. Another filler ep. I knew they wouldn’t of been able to carry it through with that amazing brutal opening. Sad. I thought walking dead had balls when they did that opening. I was actually stunned and amazed. But they turned it down to puss levels. Giving us shit nobody cares about. twists that could be seen from miles away. And the first ever female alien. This show needs to call it quits. I’m not upset there isn’t zombies. It was never about zombies it was a show about human nature and coping. But this needs to honestly stop with the fillers. I don’t mind story telling its awesome, but give us something note worthy. Last nights finale had some key moments but come on guys bring it up a level.

  • zombie84_41

    Seriously he is a useless annoying fuck and I hope he does die. Kill off everyone to be honest and start over

  • SpacemanSpliffz

    I LOVE THE WALKING DEAD
    I HATE THE WALKING DEAD
    FUCK YOU
    NO FUCK YOU
    I DONT WANT TO LIVE ON THIS PLANET ANYMORE

    • Boglin Boy

      No wonder you are a moron, you are a WD fan.

  • Scot Bowman

    Shows dead to me.. just my opinion. Season 7 felt slow and uneventful. I was pretty much laughing at how stupid this is all came to an end. I mean the junkyard people had them all at gunpoint and one zombie on the other side of the wall “distracted” them? I was glad to finish this season (worse one to me personally) and move on. It’s too played out and not getting my vote. I am not continuing to season 8 even if I was paid. Adios Walking Dead. I’d say 5 seasons would have been plenty…thanks anyways.

    • Red Ghost

      You nailed it. Glad I’m not the only one. It’s not just me, then.

  • Gd

    what a bunch of bullcrap …this show has become nothing but pathetic.

  • Eastman420

    Shit was badass…. SHIVA!! Could’ve kept it at an hour episode though

  • Eastman420

    Lol why everyone so angry just a show?

  • Gambit

    Everyone didn’t stop watching because of the Negan violence.
    More because of the abhorrent writing.

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      Bingo. The show sucks.

      • Gambit

        I blame AMC and they’re cost cutting. Give a good show runner this, and a decent set of writers and everyone would be happy! It COULD be amazing, yet barring one or two episodes it’s always a massive disappointment.

        I get so pissed at the way they break the episodes into characters too, meaning each cliffhanger isn’t resolved for weeks on end!

  • Charles Cumella

    I appreciated the season 7 finale very much, it was really predictable, but, if you actually like the show it was an exciting ending to the season. My only opinion is that people are too impatient these days and they want everything now, of course there are “filler” episodes, they exist throughout television, but Sunday’s finale was not that. It had heart and (for me personally) it made you feel good for the group and all of the communities as a whole… And you got to see a tiger attack a couple of people in a post-apocalyptic zombie world, so that’s priceless. But, in all seriousness, I don’t think TWD is dying or has “a lot” of bad writing, I do think it has succumbed to it’s pop culture status and extends seasons with SOME filler episodes and tries not to push the limits with violence and things average non-horror fans would shy away from, but that doesn’t mean TWD is bad or disgracing what it was and is. I hope they give us (or, even just me, if I’m still the only idiot watching) many more years of good character driven post-apocalyptic drama.

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      Too impatient? If anything people were TOO PATIENT with this show. I stuck with this mess for 6 seasons before finally bailing.

      • Pluto Hiller

        Too patient, or had nothing better to do than watch something you weren’t liking? Probably watch FTWD too and don’t like it either?

        • ScriptGiverrrr

          No.

    • Matt

      Well said.

  • Red Ghost

    Eh, Sasha was the only character left that I really cared about, so this is my final season.

    Honestly I think they’re just dragging the show on at this point, too much padding and naval gazing for my taste.

    The finale should have been 25 minutes shorter and had more action.

    I want more “Nightmare City” and less “Melrose Place with occasional zombies”.

  • Red Ghost

    Negan is played out.

    They killed off the only hot black chick.

    Rick still looks around like the invisible man shoved a cucumber up his anus.

    Skip.

    • Scot Bowman

      Hahaha bravo. 🙂

  • Eddy Bongo

    hahhahahahahaha…….hahah…ha……….seriously??? I dont think we watched the same show. myself and plenty of other critics better than me thought this season was rubbish. lets be honest, it has devolved into an completely over the top, unbelievable and just plain boring show this season. it had its moments of brilliance and depth don’t get me wrong but……fucking garbage people???? A pet tiger??? a guy who thinks he is medievel king???..and his people go along with it and not call it out? Why would any of the colonies want to stay under the regime of Negan?? they could so easily get their shit and just run away! its a big world out there! they know how to survive in it. Zombies apparently aren’t even a threat anymore. Look i know its a zombie show and all but I just cant help but feel it has the potential to be so MUCH more than it is. Laziness and reliance on an inbuilt audience is what i put it down to.
    p.s that fucking deer…..enough said….*slaps forehead*

    • KSE1977

      I actually am with you a bit here. Between the Kingdom, the Saviors and the Dump People, it was just too much for me in one season. One dose of super crazy a season works better. I still don’t really understand the dump people, much less how they already have their own version of English. Like they were just waiting to go all mad max and when the end of times began, they threw on robes and were ready.

      • Eddy Bongo

        haha i really dont know what they were thinking with the garbage people…..

        • Ronald Phillips

          I couldn’t agree more… so stupid.

  • Pluto Hiller

    Love the review, I enjoyed the whole season. The show should probably be ten episodes like most shows to cut down on some of the unnecessary scenes, but I can see reasons for what was included. I find it pretty hilarious how many people say, “I’m giving up on this show” or “I’ll give it one more episode”. Not one single person cares if you stop watching, so why even say it? I laugh every damn time. These comments have been around since the beginning of the show, yet 11 million people still watch. Oh, another comment that has become cliche is “the writing is terrible.” Everyone is a writer and a show is only well written if they like it. I feel sorry for anyone that wastes time watching a show they don’t like, especially if they visit a review of the show to talk shit on top of that. Frankly, doesn’t it make more sense to comment on a review that trashes the show to bond with your fellow haters? What does it solve to tell people who like the show that you hate it? Oh, the internet is awesome!

    • Slartibartfaster

      Fewer people watch with every season and there’s a reason for that especially with season 7. The show is getting worse. I still like it but I found season 7 to be disappointing.

  • Slartibartfaster

    Disliked the final episode. The flashbacks with Abraham were as pointless as they were boring. After watching the first one I skipped the rest. Way too much talk with some action at the end. But it wasn’t enough to save the episode and the outcome wasn’t as satisfying as it could have been. The “Garbage” people ended up being just what I thought they’d be and they seemed forced and unbelievable being as fake as the crap CGI backdrop of the dump in which they lived. Why would anyone choose to live in a garbage dump in the first place? Ridiculous and seemingly done only for dramatic effect as is the stilted way they speak. Most disappointing is that the Negan storyline is going to be dragged out even longer in season eight. Unlike the comic, the Negan arc seems interminable and has become just silly. I’m hoping season eight will redeem the show, but I may just cut my losses.

  • Craig Y

    I actually could not disagree more. Season 7 was the worst so far and if they don’t get back to spectacular writing, this show may have jumped the shark.

  • //aurizio

    I can understand that someone likes the actual TWD writing while someone doesn’t.
    What I really do not understand is the correct definition of “spectacular writing”.
    What is it?
    WHAT is it?
    Reading all comments:
    The dump people is not spectacular writing
    The Kingdom with that medieval-like king is not too.
    Sasha’s self-killing maybe is.
    Spectacular writing is mainly limited to the first 5 series of TWD.

    Well I guess many are wrong. Let me point out two things:
    1) Expectations, and
    2) the suspense of the unknown.

    Until now the story-line of TWD has been logical: it starts with the pure “fight-to-survive”, then comes to the attempts to break the slavery of the endless “survival fights” and goes to the attempts to find a place to start again (farm), then there is the 1st failure, then further attempts (prison, Alexandria) further failures and fights to defend the new “home” and so on.
    All this is logical.
    The only 2 missing steps are : ….. success and END.
    Then it is over, as I do think that nobody would see a show showing “The Chronicles of FARMER RICK GRIMES and HIS 5 CHILDREN” (Carl, Judith, and 3 brand new had from Michonne) and how he gets the best and bountiful corn crop! THAT would be poor writing… or maybe better for another purpose, not a show.

    So expectations matter.
    What do you expect from a post-apocalyptic situation?
    The endless fight for life?
    NOBODY can endlessly fight to survive.
    Survive is a FINAL moment by definition. Sometime you WON the fight and you HAVE SURVIVED. That’s the end, you survived.

    At the very beginning the “enemies” are the undead (season 1 and 2). Since the season 3 (the prison facts) you have seen that the undead are not really a
    threat any more, assuming you are not closed in a room with one of them and you have nothing at all, neither a screwdriver or teeth-brush, to stab them.

    From the 3rd season the title of the whole show could be changed into “The Walking Living”…. as the dead-undead are no longer in the middle of the scene.
    Indeed in a post-apocalyptic situation the most dangerous threats come from the environment or from OTHER PEOPLE (eg. the movies “The Road” or “The book of Eli” or similar).
    So in the Seasons 4-5-6-7 the story covers mainly the relation of our Heroes with other survived people and groups.Sometimes they are lucky (survived from Woodbury, Alexandria, Hilltop, the Kingdom) sometimes they are not (Governor’s 2nd team, Terminus, The wolverines, Negan and his crew, the Dump People).

    So you think the writing is getting worse and worse?
    OK, probably I could imagine you (or even I) would be able to create a better writing than TWD’s authors did… but then I have to admit that TWD’s authors are doing a quite good job actually!
    I mean, think to the step when they will show the Farmer Rick’s chronicles! (oh crap… a snowy winter… how can we protect our mais… hm!?)

    This brings me to the 2nd point. The suspense of the unknown.
    I admit authors are still doing a good work, even after 7 series, just because they are still able to keep the suspense level quite high, or high enough.
    And this is, whatever you may think, this is the HEART of whatever story: there is no interesting story without a surprising tuning point or event which you have not calculated or thought to. An unpredictable story is what makes the true difference and I would bet nobody, without any spoiler, nobody could say “how it goes further, what comes next”.
    And until the story remains unpredictable and full of suspense, well I do believe I will follow the show.
    Of course everything must makes sense.
    You have to look at something and think “yes this or that makes sense”.
    If this does not happen, well indeed the writing has a problem, but until now I have to say (and I said it above) it makes sense.
    Yes ok, IF the authors suddenly put the arrival of the aliens mid in the storyline, that would be somehow weird, but IF IT MAKES SENSE if there is a logical-wire behind it, well the only limit is the writer’s fantasy!!!

    For sure I have my own objection.
    I see for example that Rick and his group do not learn from their experience mistakes, they are not becoming smarter, they’re not improving their skills, they do not think tactical and so on.
    Maybe Carl and Gabriel are growing up to another level, as well as Maggie by her political skills.
    But the other ones, in particular Michonne and Rick are not growing up or improving.
    And finally I find the whole Sasha’s yarn really WEAK.
    How she deals (or she does not deal) with Abraham’s death, his SOLO-act by the attack to Negan’s base excluding Rosita (you stupid woman: you are two, you have a target and a purpose and the necessary determination, you have snipe and short range skills, you have the surprise advantage… what do you do? You play the Kamikaze role? AND YOU LET THE ENEMY CATCH YOU ALIVE AND USE AS HOSTAGE ?! So you’re a true dumbass!) and her final self-killing, a final dull attempt to be a threat for Negan as Undead (Negan, the guy with bat and the 14″ bowie knife! threat Negan as undead… you must be kidding me!)

    So sometimes I also would like to see something else, and I do not agree with the authors.
    However I cannot really say: this is JUNK, I will not watch it any longer!
    I mean , ok you don’t like this or that, you do not agree with this or that.
    But hey! tune up your expectation first. Maybe YOU are wrong.
    An then everybody can criticize… criticism is actually a quite cheap article on the market. Do it yourself! Let us see how far you go.

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This Week in Horror - August 7, 2017

The hard copy of Friday the 13th: The Game is coming, Sarah Paulson joins M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets a re-release with the original art.

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