Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TV Show Review: The Walking Dead (Season 7)

The Walking Dead continues the epic tale of the zombie apocalypse with its most brutal season yet. I didn't have a chance to write about the first half of the season so looking back at season 7 as a whole is pretty extreme. The season picked up with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) lining up the survivors led by Rick (Andrew Lincoln). This cliffhanger led to the tragic death of both Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz). I knew what was coming from the graphic novel but still found it hard to watch. The show moves on from these tragic deaths as Rick forms a stronger relationship with Michonne (Danai Gurira). Daryl (Norman Reedus) copes with being captured and eventually escapes to join the resistance.

Maggie (Lauren Cohan) grieves for the loss of her husband and grows into a leadership role at the Hilltop. A new society known as the Kingdom is introduced when Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James) come upon them. The Kingdom's leader Ezekiel (Khary Payton) has pet tiger that they rendered pretty decently with special effects though other animals were not quite as realistic. The zombie gore showed up in most episodes as the group sought to find food to supply Negan's saviors and then guns to fight back.

The episodes bounce around a lot following a different set of characters each time and picking up with stories in various setting from Alexandria to Negan's compound to the Hilltop. Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) makes an effort to attack the saviors but it has a predictable outcome. This season had a lot of downers as the survivors tried to fight back but kept coming up short. Even the finale had a moment where it looked everything was going to fall apart for the resistance when a sudden twist brought it around. I look forward to when the good guys can finally fight back and possibly triumph over the tyranny of Negan.

Rosita (Christian Serratos) also dealt with the loss of Abraham as Eugene (Josh McDermitt) turned traitor by the finale, derailing his plan to build bullets. Tara (Alanna Masterson) also discovered a new group, this one was full of women as all the men and boys were murdered by the saviors. Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) found his courage even firing a machine gun by the end of the season. The show had a lot of transitions as the extreme situation forced characters to adapt and either stand up or die.

The Walking Dead is a show that I enjoy but it is often pretty boring and sometimes downright depressing. Still, the zombie action is usually entertaining as some shows feel like they are just biding time until the next big climax. The finales are always a bit more interesting and since I stuck with it after the last ridiculous finale, I think I'm in it for the long haul. I am looking forward to some of the further stories that are told in the later issues of the graphic novels. 

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