We are officially done with the season 7 of The Walking Dead, and I need to say, I am pretty disappointed. Do not get me wrong. And yet, for all the progress we have made since the fateful debut of Negan, I can not help but feel as though we did not go.
I am just going to say it: The Walking Dead spends a whole lot of seven season and wasting our time. In the first half of this season, we become familiar with the communities that are new: we make our way through the Kingdom, the Sanctuary, and Oceanside. We survive inexplicably episodes at which he ambles around Alexandria or where Negan reveals Carl around the Sanctuary. We watch lots of individuals mourn for a time period. In the latter half of this season, Rick starts assembling an army and a good deal of weaponry and decides to fight back. Ultimately, Abraham’s deaths and 16 episodes after Glenn starts.
There are a few things that made this season crawl. One is the series’s baffling decision to attribute only 1 story per episode. It is considerably more stimulating to leap around when it comes to an world. Look at a masterful series like Game of Thrones: almost each and every episode hones in on anywhere from four to six distinct character arcs. This is exciting, natural, and lively. About The Walking Dead, we do not have to watch Rick and Michonne play home for a entire episode. We would like to check on as many individuals as you can.
And there is something to think about: so we do not catch up to the books quickly is the series stalling? It seems that season seven all could have been sliced in half. It makes sense, for everyone, from a storytelling perspective and then four episodes. Envision of seeing the war play out taking the second half of season over, the payoff. Rather, we spent 16 episodes sitting on our hands and waiting for Rick to get his sh*t together, awaiting Negan to smell something fishy, awaiting something to take place.
After a torturous off-season where fans were forced to wait and wonder which character would fall prey to Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s over-the-top turn as the bat-wielding villain Negan, the series returned with a brutal assault on the crowd which further postponed its payoff for until eventually quenching viewers’ bloodlust. Since that time, season 7 was the coming. Over the course of 15 episodes, the series never really delivered that battle to those watching, choosing instead to underline the individual its newfound big bad was — just in case the notion that Negan is a schoolyard bully par excellence proved too subtle following his five-minute tirade from the divisive season 6 finale.
It has been so concerned with satisfying in each nook and cranny between Negan’s coming and Rick’s future war with him and the Saviors it has left the real season with no opportunity to portray the war itself. That means the battle that was promised will probably unfold in seasonÂ 8 (if audiences are lucky), doing season 7 one long, drawn-out run-up into the particular kind of battle that might have turned the perception of this series around when it needed it the most.
In doing this, the coming of Negan can have significance beyond recognizing which celebrities are on the show. It can point to the notion that the world in can be reconstructed, but that it is up to them to prevent becoming the authoritarians that are identical because their adversary that is greaser-styled.
So far as the finale is concerned those kinds of questions are better suited for a different day as war breaks between the survivors along with the Saviors, providing one of the most finales in memory. After a lot of hours of stalling and spinning its wheels, The Walking Dead finally does what comes naturally: it gradually leads the audience in 1 direction before hitting them with a surprise at the episode’s closing seconds. Since Sasha and Rosita took their road trip to the 22, the move was a favorite of those authors. This time, however, the episode means a wait until the excitement loaded and is locked, which is a little drag.
That does forgive the long road needed to get there. Viewers have to sit through another Negan address where he tells her and praises Sasha for being excruciating how much she is respected by him, and if she were a man it would not matter, his feelings are the same. Negan’s been doing plenty of speechmaking this seasonÂ and 1 question lingers, after he is done: How the hell did this guy learn to be in charge, much less secure his position? If he is talking to a person or a bunch of Saviors, it doesn’t matter; the man fails to come off on any level as menacing or authoritative. Maybe that is the intention of the personality, that he is a giant, obnoxious dork with a baseball bat and a leather coat, but it does not seem like that is how The Walking Dead desires him to encounter. That disagreement of and the intended result has not been around all that much these last few episodes, but it undermines his every activity from the finale.
Undermining Negan is the purpose of ‘The First Day of the Rest of Your Life,’ so it helps that his dork stands out just like that scarf when he needs to look intimidating he wears. But when there is such as Negan a villain intended to taste defeat it needs to feel as if an incredible adversary has been overcome by the heroes. None of that is currently in the finale. There is no sense of tension. Whether it’s because of Rick and co. (and the crowd) Have earned a reprieve from the unrelenting misery of the situation or what, it never felt like the hour was about to go any differently than how it did. It is fulfilling considering the communities, and Rick rallied together to push on out Negan — there was eating the face off among the guys of Negan — so did the success feel so hollow?
This time it was Sasha, whose atonement was the only quarter of the hour that carried any weight because it felt since she first appeared as she risen over the short shrift the character was awarded. Character’s death feel after so many have felt like distractions from a plot, as though it meant something. In the long run, the departure of Sasha provided a diversion, one that allowed the tables turn on her junkyard children and the Jadis, and push back against the bully in the schoolyard. It is just too bad the rest of the hour was not as losing Sasha as powerful.
Negan’s defeat and eventual escape lead to him calling for all out warfare, which would be attractive and possibly even a bit frightening if it were not the same guarantee The Walking Dead finishes every season make. Regardless of the heroes ‘success against the Saviors’ note, the winds up feeling empty since after the was supposed to bring into the show, it turns out that he does offer viewers.
Sure it is war. In six months, season 8 will start and the war will start in earnest. Nevertheless, I can not help but feel like season seven was a great deal of nothing.