This post contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7.
The Walking Dead Season 7 has finally come to a conclusion, and while I personally wouldn't consider it bad — as the 16 episodes do more great things than they get credit for — it was certainly a huge disappointment in various ways. Fortunately, Season 7's issues aren't permanent and could easily be fixed going into Season 8 and beyond.
No, I'm not talking about minor stuff like questionable CGI deer and backgrounds, or Carl and Sasha's firearm practices. Season 7 had much deeper storytelling issues, which may be seriously impacting the show's ratings. So here are the three biggest problems that AMC needs to fix — and ways the network can solve them.
1. Too Much Filler
The Problem: A TV series about the zombie apocalypse shouldn't make you yawn. Alas, there were many episodes this season that had you infinitely scrolling down your social media feed, petting your dog and yawning. Not every second of screen time needs to be action-packed, but Season 7's episodes were generally very slow and took forever to get to the point.
The Solution: I've been advocating this for a very long time, so hopefully an AMC executive is reading this and a lightbulb will shine above his head: The Walking Dead needs to decrease the amount of episodes that air each season. We all adore the show, but less is more. Axing the episode count down to 10 or 13 will result in a better-made series with faster storytelling; we will appreciate and cherish the episodes we receive.
2. Trouble Balancing So Many Story Arcs
The Problem: Even in the most exhilarating episodes, there are a ton of unnecessary and extended scenes that are mundane and don't move the story forward. Do we really need to see the viewpoint of every single character on the show?
The Solution: The writers need to sit down in a room and shift their focus onto the major characters and subplots. We just don't need to see every moment that happens. For example, "The Other Side" thankfully didn't show Sasha running into the Sanctuary, getting caught by Negan and thrown in a cell — this could have been at least a 10-minute sequence, but instead, the episode decided to show us a few critical moments, so they had maximum impact. Again, if AMC decreases the number of episodes per season, there would be less room for filler and the writers wouldn't feel obligated to include it to hit a certain length.
3. The Most Unpredictable Show On TV Is Becoming Really Predictable
The Problem: When a show has the viewers asking themselves how a character is going to die — and not who — that's a huge issue. We used to feel that no character was safe, but now it seems that so many have "plot armor." There have obviously been some major surprises this season, but every major death was blatantly obvious and the storyline has become so simple that even fans without any knowledge of the comics can guess what will happen next.
The Solution: When the series deviates from the comics, it usually ends up creating some of the best moments and surprises. While the show should continue to follow the overall framework of the comics (at least for the next couple of seasons), it should stay clear of directly copying the source material, which is what a lot of season 7 has been doing. The recent trend has tried to fake out the audience as well, and even that doesn't fool the viewers anymore. We knew Glenn was under the dumpster and we knew that the walkers were eating the CGI deer, not Rick. The writers need to be more creative.
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The Walking Dead is still one of the best television programs on the air in terms of quality and entertainment. However, this has definitely been one of the weaker seasons — and because the show is so highly acclaimed, fans are getting extra picky.
These problems can be easily fixed if the producers take a step back and reevaluate. The show still has the viewers and the potential to turn the ship around and give us the top-notch quality we expect. Let's hope that Season 8 is one of the best seasons ever, as we still love this show!
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