It’s no secret that The Walking Dead writing and creative team like to tease their fans and leave them guessing, almost to a point of exhaustion during different episodes and seasons. Sometimes it makes the show the tense, zombie thriller that brought fans to it initially, and sometimes it ends up hurting the series more than anything else. Remember that whole Glenn debacle in season six?
However, for fans, it seemed like the creative team crossed an unspoken line in the season six finale, which featured the long-awaited introduction of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan from the comics. It was a scene that fans had been waiting ages for, as the iconic villain selected one of the members of the main group and proceeded to bash their brains in, in front of everyone else.
In the comics, the victim was Glenn. In the show… we don’t know.
Instead of revealing it all, the series chose to cut to a POV shot from the victim, with some really bad fake blood pouring over the camera like a James Bond opening and the victim’s identity being left unanswered until the season seven premiere. Fans were pissed, to say the least, and it looks like during a Reddit AMA, creator Robert Kirkman revealed that he and the rest of the team are well aware of the anger… but they’re not necessarily upset about it it seems like.
Here’s what he said to one fan’s question in the AMA:
“We expected a big reaction. I will admit it’s possible this exceeded our expectations.”
He elaborated a little further in response to a different question as well, promising a satisfying season seven for fans:
“I think you’re mistaking an explanation for an excuse or a justification. I personally liked it. Scott Gimple and I spent many months going over exactly how to stage it and how to adapt that scene. Many options were discussed. I do strongly believe that when you watch the season 7 premiere (if you do) you will see the two halves of the story and it will all make sense why we did what we did. But a whole heck of a lot of you folks are unhappy. I’m not kidding myself about that. Season 7 is very strong, we know what’s coming. If you stick around… you’ll like where we’re taking things.”
Now, Kirkman really didn’t respond to most of the many questions regarding the finale in the AMA, but even with these answers it seems more and more like the team behind this series still doesn’t get it. Fans understand that this is only the first part of the scene and event, which will be continued in the seventh season. What we’re saying is that the writers chose a really awful and frankly, idiotic, way to split the two parts. Instead of cutting it off right after the death, and letting part 2 be about the ramifications of that scene, they chose to leave part 1 unfinished.
They can say all they want about the story and how the scene served it, but it’s clear that the scene was meant to keep fans on a rope once again, to make sure that they tuned into the season seven premiere. Unfortunately, it seems like this time, a number of fans may have reached the very end of their rope with the show. Can’t really blame them either.
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