Why I Quit The Walking Dead

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.

walkingdead-biggestfan-memeAnd 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.

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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.

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The Walking Dead Mid Season Finale

I don’t think I’ve been this upset over a character’s death since probably Sophia back in season 2. Even looking back on some of the epic deaths in HBO’s Game of Thrones doesn’t compare to the absolute disheartening feeling watching Daryl carry Beth’s lifeless body out of the hospital. I just couldn’t believe this entire half season led to this moment, and I found myself more angry than sad as the hours went by.

First of all, I’d like to say that I haven’t always been a Beth supporter. I mean realistically, who has? Some people didn’t even know who she was until this season when she became a key focus in the show. This season, saving Beth was the main mission, alongside Eugene and his hopes of finding a cure in Washington. But let’s put aside all the useless characters The Walking Dead has adopted over the last little while (after last night’s boring sibling conversation I’m looking at you Tyreese) I want to talk about why I felt Beth’s death was unjust.

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Looking back over the past year, our characters have really been all over the place. Since the prison’s downfall, stories have been all over, and last season’s Terminus checkpoint was the biggest waste of the entire series. They spent all this time building up to it, and then it was over in a blink of an eye. Yes, they moved on from it quickly, and yes we saw the return of Carol but I just felt like it was another wasted step. Having watched last night’s episode, and seeing what the end result of all this was, I feel like this to was a waste. Someone on Twitter mentioned that for this hospital storyline to end this way, was truly a waste of time. Nothing was solved, nothing got done, why did Beth have to die? It was supposed to be a rescue mission, this wasn’t supposed to happen. This is where my allegiance to the show is truly tested. Did they kill Beth off because they wanted this big bang for their mid-season finale? Or did they legitimately have to kill a character because it was time and that character’s arc was fulfilled?

I’m choosing to believe the first option because I don’t feel like Beth’s character was anywhere near being done. She had so much potential, I really loved the idea of her and Daryl, she brought a sense of hope to the show and the way it all went down just didn’t feel right. There are so many other characters who I would’ve been okay to let go, even in that moment as they were trading people I was okay with Carol not making it through. I told myself she’s been through so much, she saved the entire gang at Terminus, she’s had an amazing run and it’d be okay if she didn’t make it. Same goes for Hershel and Andrea, when they died it felt like it was the right timing. As I was discussing last night’s finale with a friend, the idea of Beth going through something more traumatic than she experienced would’ve made for a more meaningful ending. I don’t mean to sound harsh, but if Beth suffered more at the hospital, the audience might’ve understood her intentions and rationale when she attacked Dawn with the scissors. Instead she was left with a few stitches, and not a whole lot of reasons to put her life and her crews life in jeopardy when she attacked Dawn. It seemed like it was for nothing.

For some reason there was a higher stake on Beth’s head, and looking back on it now there were some signs pointing to her death. The way Michonne smiled at Maggie when she told her Beth was still alive. Um, have you seen Michonne? That girl never smiles, finally she’s smiling and finally Maggie is remembering she has a sister, oh but don’t get too excited because she’ll be dead in minutes! Of course it was coming, how did we not see this? Everything about that ending in the hallway was absolutely gut wrenching.

What’s next for the gang. For me, I am totally okay with letting my emotions have some time off before the remaining half of the season resumes in February. But when it does, will the gang be able to move on from this? I’m wondering if there will be any backlash from the decision between trading people or just attacking the hospital (which was Rick’s original plan) I have no idea what’s going to happen when the show returns, as of right now my little inner Walking Dead fire has burnt out and I’m pretty let down.

What’s the verdict people? Is there ever a good time/moment for a character to die? Did it make sense for the writers to kill off Beth the way they did? Pauly D has it all right.

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Side Pieces:

– Beth you really showed your inner Beyonce this season but girl wtf? were you trying to accomplish by stabbing Dawn with a pair of scissors!?

– As soon as the episode started off with Rick running Bob over with the police cruiser, I knew someone was going to die by the end of the episode. The writers on this show never give us anything satisfying without a pinch of something absolutely devastating

– Noah and Father Gabriel the most useless and ‘extra’ people on this show. If the writer’s think they will somehow get us to like them next season, they are actually delusional. It’s going to be hard not to blame Noah for Beth’s death

– Maggie I’m glad you finally realized you had a missing sister, but it’s too late ( Lauren Cohan’s interview on The Talking Dead about losing Beth’s character was too emotional to watch. Waterworks.)

– I love how the show ended off with Morgan, and by love I really mean are they really trying to distract us from KILLING BETH by showing creepy Morgan. Get outta here!

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The Walking Dead: RECAP ’30 Days Without an Accident’

It is season four of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead…can you believe it’s been four seasons already? We didn’t end off with a supreme cliffhanger in the season finale but that doesn’t mean we weren’t excited for last night’s premiere.

The episode starts off pretty normal, normal as it gets for TWD…the prison has a lot of new people, a pretty little garden, and little piggies. Everyone seems to be well adjusted to life behind bars…I feel like Carl (Chandler Riggs) needs a really husky deep voice and he’s just not there yet. Also, he’s a real debbie downer but I guess that comes with the territory when your childhood gets cut short because of a zombie apocalypse and you watch your mother die as she gives birth to your baby sister. It’s okay Carl, we understand. I don’t know what these people were up to in the summer but obviously everyone found love in a hopeless place because there are couples swarming!

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Beth (Emily Kinney) is dating one of the new boys…Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) is shacking up with some white girl…Glenn and Maggie are still going strong…by the way Maggie isn’t pregnant. Carl totally has the hots for one of the new girls…or we’re just hoping so he can finally get a life and stop being a worry wort. Daryl and Carol have this really weird relationship…love them together…but by the end of the episode it looked like Daryl might have a new love interest.

Um okay, so a few people from the group (Michonne,Daryl,Glenn,Tyreese, Beth’s Man, new guy and token alcoholic Bob Stookey played by The Wire’s Lawrence Gilliard Jr) head out to the nearest department store to stock up on some things. This was my favourite and most thrilling scene of the episode…blenders and boom boxes!! There was an endless supply of brand new electronics and kitchen appliances…I was so excited the prison was going to get a bunch of shiny new toys. As the crew make their way through the exciting aisles…a swarm of zombies were hanging out on the roof of the building…a strategy Michonne created using a loud boombox.

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Okay, so you just know something bad is about to happen when the new guy heads for the wine rack. I mean, it’s dark in the store, the lights are off, but somehow the dude finds himself in front of the bottled wine..and you can just see the torment on his face. He doesn’t know what to do, take the wine or leave it…just put it in the damn cart!!! I’m sure everyone would love a glass of wine…your four years into the zombie apocalypse you’re allowed to pop bottles. But nooo he’s a total drunk and he attemps to put the wine in his jacket…as if he has room in there…I don’t get these people. So he finds inner strength and puts the bottle back on the rack…except the entire shelf comes crashing down onto him…he’s okay…he’s just stuck under the shelving. The crashing noise wakes up all the zombies on the roof…and of course because there’s a zombie apocalypse…buildings aren’t stable anymore…I don’t get the connection? One by one zombies start falling through the ceiling…it’s raining zombies!

Now the shopping spree has come to an end…I’m super pissed…and everyone is in killing zombie mode. After a few minutes of fighting, Beth’s man goes to pull out Bob the drunk…and he does…Bob and the crew walk away to leave but Beth’s man is behind them…a zombie reaches out and bites his leg…the crew turn back and Beth’s man is already on the floor with a zombie chewing out his neck. It was disgusting but it serves them ALL right for turning their backs and walking away too early. Everyone knows the danger creeps up when you least expect it.

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Meanwhile, Rick is out in the forest looking for animals to cook. He finds a dead hog? But then some weird zombie looking lady creeps up and starts smelling the animal. At first it looked like she was a walker, but Rick watches her from a distance and you can tell she’s human. She wants to join Rick’s crew, but first Rick demands he meet her husband and ask them three important questions. She leads him back to the camp…which is just a tent…and all of a sudden she turns around and tries to stab him. We see a bag of something…she’s talking to it like it’s her husband. Okay so lady in the woods is obviously crazy…and she proves it when she says goodbye and stabs herself. Her husband was in the bag but was a zombie? This whole scene was really weird. Rick watches and cries…and then walks away. Waste of time.

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Carol is the ultimate multi-tasker, she’s the nurse and she’s the librarian/teacher. Love her. She’s reading a book to all the children in the library…one of the new boys asks if he can be excused because he feels sick. Oh you just know something bad is about to happen. Carol lets him leave…and then she stops reading and pulls out a case of knives. The real education begins now. Carl sneaks into the library to find out what they’re doing…Carol sees him and begs him not to tell his father about the new curriculum. Carl doesn’t say anything and storms off.

When the gang return, Daryl’s the one to tell Beth about her dead beau. She doesn’t shed a tear, Daryl waits for her to show some emotion but she doesn’t. All she says is she can’t cry anymore…and then she stands up to change the sign that said ’30 days without an accident’ Then she goes and hugs Daryl and he cradles her in his arms. Awww cute!

It’s the middle of the night, and the new kid is still feeling sick. Now he looks terrible, so he decides to go take a cold shower. He collapses and the camera pans down and he’s mid transformation. So what I’m thinking is he either attacks next episode..or he infects their entire water supply because he was totally coughing into the water tank. Or both? Either way this is really, really bad.

What do you guys think? And what was the whole point of Rick finding the crazy woman in the forest? And when is The Governor coming back? And does anyone else miss Andrea?

The Walking Dead Premiere!

Last night was the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead and boy were we in for a gore feast! A lot of people were saying how Season 2 was lacking zombie gore, so writers for the third season are making sure Season 3 is jam packed with lots of blood and guts. Right off the top it starts with the crew going at it against a small herd of zombies, they look like they’ve had tons of practice bashing zombie brains, and even little Carl is able to protect himself (especially with his deeper voice). An interesting fact, season 3 starts a few months after season 2 ended. The time between season 1 and 2 was shorter than the time they’ve had together between the end of season 2 until now. Which means, Andrea has been with new character Michonne longer than she was with Rick and the others. Interesting, right?

So Andrea is still alive (phew) she is one of my fave characters, but she’s sick- and we’re not sure why. In the time they’ve spent together, Andrea admitted she’s saved Michonne’s life several times, which means Andrea’s illness is recent…and Michonne doesn’t look as badass as we thought she was. Turns out, she keeps the two handicapped zombies leashed to her to mask her human smell when she’s out hunting. Apparently the one zombie was her fiance…and the other her best friend. Clearly she suffers from separation anxiety.

So Rick’s lady is preggo with what looks to be the fakest pregnant belly I’ve ever seen on TV. She doesn’t look at all excited to be having a bun in the oven, probably because she suspects her baby to come out a zombie. Her and Rick aren’t talking very much, they’ve always had their issues, but it seems like since Shane’s death, they can’t sweep anything under the rug.

Carol and Daryl seem to be hitting it off, they almost had a sexual moment but they look really weird together. Producer Robert Kirkman admits season 3 will dive into Daryl’s background and face some of the challenging situations he’s had to go through in his life. He obviously came from a bad upbringing, it’s going to be interesting to see why he chose to ‘turn good’ and help out the others.

So most of the episode the crew look for a new place to call home. They find the town prison and decide to live it up behind the gates. After realizing the prison yard was too big of a place to monitor, they decide to move into one of the cell blocks, pairing up into the bunk beds. It seems like the perfect place to get a good night’s rest, just close your cell door and know that nothing can get in!

The episode was going to good, so the men decide to go hunting in the prison and look for the cafeteria. The prison is swarming with zombies who apparently like to play dead on the prison floor. When Maggie and Glenn separate from the group, Hershel (her dad) turns the corner to look for her. He decides to take the short cut by stepping over a zombie, the zombie wakes up at the smell of his tasty old man leg, and bites a chunk out of his calf. It was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen, I don’t even want to write about it, because then I would have to visualize it.

The crew grab Hershel and run into what seems to be the cafeteria, oh that was an easy find! Rick has no choice but to literally chop his leg off from the knee down. The infection will spread in minutes if not seconds, Rick doesn’t waste any time, this was also a scene you don’t want to watch if you have a weak stomach. So Hershel doesn’t have a leg anymore, and apparently there’s a group of prisoners still alive.

This group looks hardcore. Glen Mazzara (Showrunner) talks more about the lost prisoners on www.EW.com

“This group of prisoners saw the outbreak happen in their prison almost a year ago and guards were turning on prisoners and prisoners were tuning on guards,” says Mazzara. “Imagine a zombie movie set in a prison. These are the sole survivors of that movie. And they’ve been locked up with each other for almost a year, and now suddenly they’re freed by Rick and Daryl and the group and have had no idea what’s happened to the rest of the world. Part of our thinking was, there were so many people during the Katrina disaster that were trapped. There was this one hospital where people were trapped and just waiting for help. That’s who these guys are. They’ve been waiting almost a year for help. And help never arrives. And they end up meeting Rick and the group and being set free and they have no idea what’s happened out there in the larger world, so in a way they are sort of like Rip Van Winkle waking up in the middle of a horrible apocalyptic nightmare.”