The Walking Dead: Season 6 Finale…The Frustration Begins

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I’ll just say it, the season 6 finale for The Walking Dead, pretty much sucked. That’s not to say this show isn’t capable of delivering good mid and season finale’s because it has…but this wasn’t one of them. In fact it only helped lessen my confidence in the show. Why? because this episode was the Glenn thing all over again, except with more driving. Although this second half of the season really lured us into an empty promise…the finale did have a positive thing going for it, we’ll start with that…

1. Negan Absolutely Worked For Me, I’ll Take Some More Please:

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Considering how overly drawn out Negan’s appearence was, Jeffrey Dean Morgan really needed to nail his introduction to the show…and boy did he. It’s too early to say that he tops the Governor (who lets face it, is really the most established villain prior to this…because honestly, other than the Governor the villain list includes Shane, the Wolf, Gareth, those cops who held Beth, and the zombies) but Negan easily asserted a level of villainy/ badassry that took the Governor a season to display. Despite having killed one of Rick’s group, I’ll be happy to see where this show takes him…

 

 

 

2. Carol’s and Morgan’s Adventure Was A Dull Forgone Conclusion…And Therefor A Waste Of Time:

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Everything about this episode seemed to revolve around meeting Negan, so nothing about the Carol fiasco really felt high stakes. Last episode made Carol’s disappearance seemed a lot more important than it turned out to be. I thought Morgan’s search for her would have the kind of consequences that made the Sofia reveal epic (wouldn’t that have been fitting?). Instead, the finale revealed Carol from the start, thereby defusing any would be tension.

Then here’s Morgan…we knew he’d use that gun Rick gave him…and sure enough, just as Carol was about to meet her end, he did. I’m sure that was supposed to be a big moment considering how strongly he’s stuck to his peace code, but it felt predictable (even by this shows standards). We knew he’d save Carol at the right moment and we knew he’d use the gun to do it…just about the only thing that I didn’t expect was for those horse dude’s to lend a hand.

 

 

 

3. The Ending Cliff Hanger Sucked And Nothing Scott Gimple Says Can Change That:

We ALL knew Negan would kill someone on this finale… and considering how long Negan took to appear on this show, we really deserved a finale that epic. Unfortunately Scott decided not to tell us who that person is…which makes no sense. Hey Scott, Im not going to feel the same momentum 6 months from now when you reveal that the person killed was someone not named Rick or Carl Grimes…

On Talking Dead Gimple compared this ending to the hatch reveal from Lost, which is honestly offensive. Say what you will about how Lost ended, but that first season earned a cliff hanger of that scale. This season of The Walking Dead did not. This is the same season that gave us that incompetent Glenn death fake out…the same season that delivered a list of great new characters who were needlessly killed (the Wolf and Eastman are easily at the top of this list), and the same season that gave us a version of Carol that makes us cringe. Can you imagine how crappy a move like this would’ve been on previous seasons?…

-Imagine if the (truly epic) 4th midseason had ended with the Governor standing over Michonne and Hershel, taking a swing, and having to wonder who he killed for 6 months…

-Imagine if the barn doors had opened, zombies emerged, and then the credits rolled before Sofia strolled out of the barn…and having to wait 6 months to find out what they were looking at…

-Imagine if the 5th midseason had ended with the screen turning to black just as a shot rang out in the hospital hall way, and having to wonder for 6 months who died trying to save Beth…

It’s disappointing that the show went this route, because whoever me their end (hell even if it were Eugene, who I don’t even like) deserves a proper mourning, and I’m not sure they’ll get the one they deserve in October…

 

What did you think of the finale? Were you happy with it?

 

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