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!!