Well..I’m torn. I watched the season 6 finale and I thought it was really good and fine way to finish off what I thought was the best season in a while. Until the last 10 seconds. I’ll explain later.
The episode did an excellent job of building the tension. The interactions with the Saviors at each route they tried was a nice mechanism to turn the crank as they vainly tried to get Maggie to the doctor at Hilltop. And the dialog really set up season 7 based on what I believe happened at the end. A couple lines involving Rick really highlighted the almost arrogance that he has seemed to develop. The first was when that dummy Spencer asked if they should try and negotiate if the Saviors show up and Rick gave that smarmy smirk and said to tell them to wait for him. The second really telling moment was when Maggie told Rick that she believed in him. This was a critical line. (I’ll get back to this)
There was also a really nice moment with Abraham and Eugene when he sacrificed himself to let the others get to Hilltop on foot. It really felt like a good bye and it was bittersweet.
Now to the really issue I had with the episode. First, I thought JDM was fantastic. He really pulled it off. And he certainly has the charisma (and I’m told the looks) to pull of the Negan character. A great introduction… And then the last 10 seconds happened. What the F was that? Awful is what it was. I truly think the writers took it a step too far. I think they would have been much better served and had a much more positive response if they actually showed who was killed and ended on say…Maggie’s horror stricken face?
It had to be Glenn who met Lucille at the end. I think that’s the case because they gave us a couple clues. Namely the faith shown by Maggie in Rick and the group earlier in the episode and the promises Rick made to her. It kind of highlighted just how tight they are as a group to show how impactful Glenn’s hopefully smashed face is to them. With Glenn being the chosen one, it will break Maggie from the group and that leads to other events down the road.
I’m still looking forward to the next season but that last ten seconds really dampened my enthusiasm. Even after hearing the rationalizations that Kirkman and Gimple both gave on The Talking Dead (an amazing show btw), I still feel like it was the wrong choice. A lot of real fans of the comic and the show were disappointed.
The worst part of the whole thing? This waste is still alive!!
So the season finale of The Walking Dead has arrived and I was really looking forward to it after the build up of the previous installments. We’ve seen the season leading up to the “final” confrontation between Rick et. al. and the Governor and his Woodbury crew. Here’s how it went down..
The Stupidity Resolution..
In the previous episode we saw Andrea locked up in a dentists chair in one of the governor’s torture chambers. We find her still there of course but we also find the Gov beating up Milton the friendly nerd for setting the corralled zombies on fire before they could be let loose on the prison. Andrea had developed into my second most disliked character after Carl for her inexplicable idiocy. They attempt to make her a sympathetic figure in this episode with her bleating about “not wanting anyone to die” in explanation of her actions, or lack of action, this season. She is handcuffed to the chair and the Gov decides that Milton will need to kill her if he wishes for absolution for his aforementioned zombie burning. The Gov hands Milty a Bowie knife and as expected, he attempts to stab the Governor with it instead of Andrea. The Governor pulls another Merle like “execution” and stabs Milton in the mid section so he will turn and end up killing Andrea anyway. This sets up the Andrea drama for the episode. Milton had conveniently dropped a pair of pliers behind the chair before the whole stabby thing so its a race between Andrea and pliers vs Milton bleeding out and turning. We’ll return to these two kids later..
The big showdown was also expected to take place between Rick and the Gov. They show Rick and Co. clearing out their quarters at the prison, meanwhile the Governor gathers his troops from Woodbury, including just about every able bodied man available for the assault. Tyrese and Sasha offer to stay and watch the women and children and the Governor agrees. The rest of the crew mount up and convoy down to the prison and as they enter the courtyard they light shit up. I meant 50 cal rounds clearing zombies like a broom and Martinez blowing up the prison towers with a grenade launcher lighting shit up. They then make way into the prison and find Rick and co. gone… The Woodbury crew begin to search the prison and then we find out the clearing out was a ruse. The “Good” guys ambush the Governor and his group with flash bangs and lots of shooting, which has them hightailing it out of there. The Woodbury convoy jets out of there in a panic. The Governor is now officially of his rocker, he is pissed that everyone ran. The convoy stops on the road and the Governor demands they return to finish them off.. The people resist. They aren’t soldiers and they just got ambushed. Well, needless to say, the Governor goes apeshit. He slaughters everyone but Martinez and the Shupert guy
. Brutal. Also- there is one survivor who managed to fall under another body and survived the Governor’s clean up to his shooting spree. Her name is Karen. More on her later. The Governor gets in his truck afterwards and for some reason Martinez and the Shupert guy join him. What?
After the initial Woodbury assault had been repelled, the group decides, correctly, that they should go back and finish the job, IE kill the Governor. In a Spartan like move, Rick Daryl and Michonne set off to take on the small army at Woodbury. They find the massacre and along with the bodies, they find Karen. They get the story on the massacre and also hear that Andrea attempted to reach the prison, but never got there. They arrive at Woodbury to get Andrea and the Governor. They find only Tyrese and Sasha there guarding the town, they see/hear Karen and she confirms the doubts Tyrese and Sasha were having already about the governor. They let Rick, Daryl and Michonne into town. They search for Andrea.. Flash to previous segment – Andrea struggles to get the pliers to her hands while Milton fights his demise and subsequent turning. She wastes a bunch of time of course, because she sucks. and just barely manages to get her hands free as Milton turns!!… Back to Rick et. al. looking for Andrea.. They find her cell and open the door expecting the worse..
What they find is Milton dead, again on the floor in front of the chair and Andrea leaning up against a wall by the door. Michonne realizes she is fevered. Andrea shows them her bite. She is a dead woman. Michonne cries, and Rick feeds into the sympathy ploy for Andrea. She wants to take her own life and asks to do it before she turns. Rick gives her his pistol and Daryl, Rick and Tyrese wait outside while Andrea offs herself. I sort of liked Andrea in the beginning of the show but damn did she grind on my sensibilities over time. She had to go. And there she goes.
So to wrap up the episode there was a group of Woodbury folks that came back to the prison in the end with Rick. That’s whatever. I didn’t mention the other arc in this episode. It involves Carl, by far my least favorite character on the show. He is unlikeable, not a good actor and a shitty character. Every second of him on screen is like a jarring splash of cold reality in the middle of the show’s usually warm embrace. Anyway, Carl is with the girls and Herschel and is of course pissed about it. Well a kid running from the ambush stumbles upon them but Carl and Herschel have the drop on him. He offers to hand over his weapon, and I think the subtle threat of fakery was overdone by the Woodbury kid but in any case Carl shoots him in the face. Herschel tells Rick about it and Rick confronts Carl about it. Carl has some diatribe about Rick not killing people have ended up costing lives. While not totally untrue, still awful coming from that little shit with his wooden delivery and all. So at the end when the Woodbury folks are getting off the bus at their new home, the prison, you see Carl is all pissed about it. Fuck him. I really hope they can keep him out of the spotlight next season. Or at least pay for some acting lessons.
Overall I’d give the episode a 7.5. A bit more Carl than I’d like, but Andrea did bite the dust. And while there wasn’t the Governor vs Rick climax, we did see the Governor’s brutality and the promise of more conflict down the road and we also got to see Rick clearing his head and hopefully drift back into where he needs to be. The finale wasn’t on the same level as some of the previous but still pretty good.
* Also Bear McCreary is the fucking man. His soundtrack was and is awesome.
In tonight’s penultimate episode of The Walking Dead we find Rick making one of the more idiotic decisions his character has made thus far… then reverse it… but too late… Ahhh! Frustration. That’s the short version.
The long version has Rick decide to hand over Michonne to the Governor, which is beyond ridiculous, simply for the trust factor. I won’t get into that piece because everyone will just have a bad time. Rick tells Daryl and Herschel his decision, and while neither like it nor really agree with it, they go along with it. Rick then recruits Merle to be part of it, I assume because he knows Merle has some expertise in this area. Of course, since Rick is a good guy, he does the requisite soul searching and comes to the better decision later on in the episode. This is the perfect opportunity for Merle to do what Merle would of course do. He knocks Michonne out and we catch up to them making their way to the exchange with the Governor – which is a trap as we all knew. Oh and along the way Michonne is about as cool and collected as anyone I’ve ever seen, under any circumstances. Seriously. My cat sleeping has more of a sense of urgency.
Moving on.. Rick tells Daryl he has changed his mind, but of course he cannot find them in the prison. On queue, Daryl jets after them. During their journey, deadpan Michonne does a bit of a Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting and gets through to Merle, who has been just an unlikable douche from minute 1. Merle finds his grinch heart and lets her go. He proceeds to find some liquor to enjoy and grabs a small horde of zombies to bring with him to the supposed exchange with the Gov and company. At this point you sort of like Merle because he actually had a decent plan. Send the horde at the Woobdury folk and pick them off from out of the way. Things go pretty well until a walker tries to gnaw on Merle. In the ensuing fight, the Gov finds Merle and proceeds to BITE HIS FINGERS OFF, then shoot him. The slow spiral down of the Governor has been really excellent this season and David Morrissey has been phenomenal. The Gov is clearly off his rocker at this point.
All this is basically a set up for the episode’s “Boom” moment. The Gov, being the Gov, shoots Merle in the chest, which ends his human life and creates the Merle zombie. And as expected Daryl comes through and finds zombie Merle eating one of the Woodbury folks he shot. Needless to say, Daryl does not take this very well and this is a moment that really does pull you in as Daryl is one of the most likable characters in the series. Kudos to Norman Reedus for pulling it off really well.
That was the major arc in this installment. A couple other things happened as well. That maniac Glen proposed to Maggie, which almost felt like filler. Glen went a bit off the rails this season, so maybe this will right his ship. The other item was Rick telling the group that it’s not a dictatorship anymore. But we all saw that coming miles off.
Overall I’d give this episode a 7 out of 10. They stuck to the main storyline for the most part and Merle and Daryl really hit the right note at the end. With the Governor now in full psycho state, and the group now bonded and reaffirmed, it has the makings for a sensational finale. And speaking of next weekend, thank some deity for DVR! With The Walking Dead finale and the season Premiere of Game of Thrones going head to head I would be pissed! Add in the return of the Doctor and next weekend is gonna be pretty sweet!
I just finished watching The Walking Dead and while I love the show in general, there are two characters that consistently annoy me, Laurie and Carl. Carl ruins every second he is on screen simply because he is a terrible actor. Laurie bothers me because she always makes stupid decisions. Like brain dead idiocy. Tonights antepenultimate season episode had her finally make the call to leave Woodbury, which she probably should have done when she saw the Governor’s collection of heads and his friggin daughter on a chain, but it seems that *now* is the time the Gov went too far. What? She drives me crazy. Her plight and actions were pretty predictable, but the excellent creepiness of the Governor was enough to save the episode for me.
This episode gets about a 6. I think the next two are going to be frigging fantastic!