It’s been over six months. On April 3, 2016, the season finale of the sixth season of The Walking Dead aired on AMC. The finale shocked all of the TV world. Not only did it conclude a rather exciting season (for some, for me it was the opposite), but it killed off a major character. The problem? Nobody knows who what character was, and I have a major problem with that. The seventh season airs this Sunday, and everyone will find out who was killed. I will be among those watching, and will write a review of the episode for next week.
For those of you who don’t watch the show, the show is an incredibly well written action/drama about a series of individuals, led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who have to make morally difficult actions in a world without morals that is populated by dangerous people and hordes of zombies. However, I was not pleased with season six. The first few episodes were decent, with the plot taking course over a single day as a horde of zombies. As the season progressed, various cliffhangers were introduced to keep the audience’s attention. The stakes were raised significantly, but nobody of any real significance was killed. This is one of the defining traits of the show. Nobody is safe. So why is it that nobody important died in season six? I was bored out of my mind. And then the finale arrived.
The scene of most importance is the last. Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan), the primary villain makes the most dramatic and imposing entrance of almost any character I’ve ever scene. Rick had been trying to force back Negan’s gang, the Saviors, but Negan was revealed to have a force remarkable larger than Rick’s. With Rick and his friends captured, Negan decides to enact his revenge on Rick by killing one of the group. He sings a eerie version of “Eenie Meenie Miney Mo,” and whoever he lands on (again, nobody knows), he bashed in their skull with his trusty barbed wire-coated baseball bat. The scene cut to black. My worse fears had been realized: another cliffhanger, as fan sites had predicted. So who was it? The popular vote is Glenn, who was the individual killed in the comics. There are also strong arguments for Daryl, as there are for Michonne, Abraham, and others. In all probability it is probably going to be Glenn.
AMC messed up with this one. There was no depth added to the show. All this kind of ending did was irritate viewers, as it is clear that AMC just wanted to increase its ratings. The same effect of drama could have been achieved if they had filmed the death scene and immediately cut to black. Now they just angered the fans. Robert Kirkman, the creator, even admitted that this cliffhanger wasn’t exactly the best way to end the season. Either way, somebody important bit the bullet, and we’ll find out this sunday.