Tuesday, December 13, 2016
What's Next for The Walking Dead?
I know that hating The Walking Dead is the cool thing now. Phantom has been hating it for a while so he's ahead of the curve. What a trendsetter! I don't hate The Walking Dead. I've put a lot of time into this show, and I really want it to be good. After two 90 minute episodes in a row that gave us probably a total of 60 minutes of decent content though...well I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.
1. Everyone stop crying all the damn time (especially Rick). Maggie gets a pass for now since she watched the father of her child get his head squished, but everyone else needs to suck some shit up for a change. We're 7 years in to the zombie apocalypse. If you haven't gotten all of the crying out of your system by now you shouldn't even be alive anymore. I would think that after a certain point a sort of comfortable cold numbness would be all that you could feel, and little things like yet another psycho threatening your life and killing a douche who was trying to betray you anyway would kind of just roll right off you.
2. Remember that people have been watching the entire time, and haven't forgotten the first time Carol went away, or Woodbury and Terminus, or those other 5 times Rick went to pieces. Yeah you've been on the air for a long time, but don't insult my intelligence by expecting me to pretend that I haven't seen this before. I used to wonder if Robert Kirkman really meant for the show to end up like this, but then I remembered that he's insanely rich now so probably doesn't care what happens as long as he stays rich.
4. Stop telegraphing everything. We get it; Gregory is a dick, and Maggie is going to end up in charge of Hilltop. I don't need three episodes of build-up to get the point. We also knew that Dwight was going to help Daryl escape so that he can eventually have some sort of redemption. We knew Rick was going to cowboy up, and get the band back together. Carol is going to get back in the game because she always does, and she and Daryl will probably have another tearful reunion. Unless they skip that due to the fact that Rick and Daryl already had their bro-down crying time.
I'm not giving up on The Walking Dead. I'm involved, and invested in the show. I want this show to work, but I need it to give me something in return. At least keep putting more zombies in the show. That scene with Rick and Aaron at the lake full of zombies was cool. Like Tara, you almost forget that they're around sometimes. That's not a good thing for a show based on the zombie apocalypse, and not much else to hold my interest. So I'll tune back in for the rest of the season, but it better be worth it dammit.
Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been reborn as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet. Follow beth0rama on Instagram or on Twitter @NeedlessBeth where she doesn't post often enough to be annoying, but updates way more than Google+