I can pinpoint the exact moment when I questioned my loyalty to The Walking Dead. November 30th 2014 was the mid-season finale, Beth dies, Daryl carries her lifeless body in his arms, Maggie arrives in slow motion to see her dead sister, sad story, soul crushed forever. My loyalty didn’t falter because someone died, that happens all the time on this show. It was the way the writers built up to Beth’s storyline, spending half the season ‘looking’ for her, and then conveniently killing her off in the mid-season finale.
And I totally understand, nobody is immune to dying, obviously this is the zombie apocalypse, people are dropping like flies, but why do some deaths feel more justified than others? Hershel, Lori, Tyrese, Noah were all deaths that made sense, or felt right when they happened, sorry Noah we just didn’t care about you. But with Beth dying, it felt like the writers needed a big bang for the mid-season finale.
Fast forward a few months later, much to the dismay of my watercooler chatters, I kept watching TWD but always with a wary eye. I knew a sh***y cliff-hanger finale was just around the corner and I wasn’t going to be fooled again.
I wasn’t fooled when Glenn got caught in the swivel door with Noah and the writers tried to get us to believe Glenn was going to die in a swivel door! Or, that they even assumed killing off Noah would create a stir in all of our hearts. Um, let’s just take in Beth died because of Noah, so frankly, I salute those zombies that chewed Noah’s face off. Boy, bye.
And then it happened again, the notorious mid-season finale cliff-hanger, with Glenn and Nick on the dumpster. Don’t even get me started on this scene, we’ve ranted enough about it in a previous post. But did they actually think we thought Glenn would die? Yes, because they’re banking on their Walking Dead fans to fall for cheapy cliff hangers. Nick blows his brains out, Glenn falls into the swarm of zombies and cut to black because it’s the mid-season final and everybody is freaking out because Glenn might be dead. Fast forward a few months and a f few overtly ambiguous Walking Dead promos later, and Glenn magically escapes the dumpster after hiding from a hundred zombies. Okay, now he decides to go back home.
But he’s not out of the danger zone just yet, the writers want to keep him in the danger zone a little longer because we’re halfway through the back end of the season and nothing crazy has happened so almost killing Glenn again is what they’re going to do, again. But he fights his way out again! He prevails, all while his baby momma watches. Maggie is basically us, the audience, watching and being like ‘is this going to end on another cliff hanger though?’
Now that leaves us with the Negan season finale, and just when you think the writers are going to give the fans everything, it cuts to black and that’s it. We have to wait six months to see who Negan’s going to kill? And then on top of that shi***y ending, claim that the ending was ‘the end of one story and next season will be the beginning of another story’. That wasn’t an ending that was like a ‘to be continued’ just call it like it is Scott M. Gimple.
But nevertheless, the cast and crew of The Walking Dead insist this season will be the season of all seasons, it will be the ‘craziest season yet’, ‘you haven’t seen crazy until you see Negan crazy’. No, I’ve definitely seen crazy, I’ve seen Cersei so crazy she blows up half the friggin’ cast of Game of Thrones while they’re in church. I’ve seen crazy, just not on your show.
And that’s why I’m never watching The Walking Dead ever again, I admit I’ll be there to see who Negan finally kills (sorry Glenn, and possibly Maggie) but I doubt I’ll be there every Sunday night. To be honest, I’d rather be with Blac Chyna and Rob on E!
Also, the Walking Dead crew should stop comparing themselves to the Game of Thrones production, the smaller budget and longer season never stopped them from reaching ratings heights before, so get your sh** together Scott.M Gimple and stop whining.Follow @hollywd_heroine