So, what did I think of the episode? As I was watching it, my first thought was "Wow!" Each scene was so well done. There we so many moments of tension and then action, and then little character driven moments. The entire episode was excellent. I have only one "fear" if you will, which I will discuss as soon as I say....
THERE MIGHT BE SPOILERS AHEAD. IF, AS YOU READ THIS, YOU HAVE NO SEEN THE EPISODE, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
There, now that I got THAT out of the way..... My biggest worry about this episode is that AMC may have given us so much action, and so many character deaths and changes, that if, heaven forbid, the next few episodes are involve more exposition and character development than action, the notoriously fickle Walking Dead fans will, as they always do, complain that the show is "boring". Die hard fans of the show, especially those who read the comics, understand that the show is NOT a "zombie show". It's a human drama that happens to take place during a zombie apocalypse, and they just don't hold back on any of the gore an violence. There are many issues of the comics where not much really happens, and the writers spends a lot of time developing the characters so that later, when shit goes down, we can understand their actions and motivations a little better. Whenever this happens on the show, the next day, social media explodes with people whining about how boring the episode is. I guess this is just typical of the short attention span audiences seem to have today.
Speaking of which, I thought this mid-season finale did a great job as far as using the source material correctly. There were some scenes and shots that were lifted almost directly from the comics, and there were some departures that made perfect sense. One particular scene involving Carl was, I thought, handled extremely well, and I am looking forward to seeing how that plays out going forward.
For me, this "will they die or won't they" ploy is getting a little tiresome. I understand trying to build tension, and part of the show's formula is that you never know who is going to die and who isn't. I just think that this particular technique is getting overused.
Overall, I still think that "The Walking Dead" is one of the best shows on television. Yes, it's open to criticism, as ANY form of entertainment is. I just want fans to realize that having a show like this, with it's massive audience, is good for genres like this, as studios realize that they are money makers. When I see people complaining about horror becoming mainstream, I just want to scratch my head. Isn't that what we horror fans have been fighting for? For horror to become a respected genre?
In closing, I will repeat something that I have said many times. I do not grasp the incredible level of "hate watching" this show seems to inspire. Every Sunday night/Monday morning, my social media feeds are filled with posts where people complain about how much the show sucks. Why in the world would you continue to watch something you claim to hate? WAIT! I know! It's so you can seem edgy and cool, I forgot.
Anyway, that's all for now. Thanks, as always, for reading!!
-The Horror Nerd
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