After the Season 6 finale, fans had high expectations for the seventh season of #TheWalkingDead, which they hoped would be filled with action and lots of awesome Negan moments. To a certain extent, that is what we received but it didn't quite please every fan. One of the producers even admitted that they had to reduce the violence after the extremely violent season premiere. Let's take a look at all 16 episodes and see which ones soar and which ones fall flat.
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16. Episode 6: "Swear"
"Swear" is sitting at the bottom of my list for various reasons, but it's not all bad. We are introduced to the Oceanside group along with new and intriguing characters that could possibly take on a bigger role later on in the series. But aside from a couple other cool moments, this episode fell extremely flat and was pretty hard to get through.
This episode focused on Tara and Heath, two B-team members of Alexandria who the show totally forgot to include in the storyline for a whole season. On top of that, the story is dragged out to the point where it could have been a side story in another episode.
One of the major flaws with this first half of the season was the failure of incorporating multiple story arcs into one episode. The producers knew the end goal was to bring Team Rick back together, but there were only three or four episodes worth of material.
If the showrunners cut down this story to 15 to 20 minutes, it would have been easier to digest. Also, if the episode included any of the main cast, it could have been more enjoyable. Instead, a majority of the viewers sat there asking each other "What's the guy with the dreads name again?" and had trouble staying awake.
15. Episode 5: "Go Getters"
"Go Getters" is being considered one of the worst episodes of The Walking Dead by fans, period. While it was a sigh of relief to see Maggie and Sasha alive and well after their brutal encounter where their lovers got their heads smashed in by Lucille, we started to get sick of their scenes in five minutes.
Also, the show has already established that Gregory is a total dick, and "Go Getters" kept hitting us over the head with that concept. Lastly, this episode was almost as dragged out "Swear" and it I wish the two episodes were combined to make a considerably better episode.
However, there are a few scenes that keep this episode entertaining. The one where the walkers invade the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie starts running them over with a tractor along with old, dramatic movie music in the background was well-choreographed and entertaining. Also, we all cried of joy when Carl and Enid kissed for the first time and at the end of the episode when Carl climbs into the back of one of the Savior's trucks with Jesus.
14. Episode 14: "The Other Side"
"The Other Side" isn't necessarily a "bad" episode as the different events that were featured were interesting, but it could have been condensed into a thirty-minute episode. This episode showcased some touching moments between Rosita and Sasha (even though it definitely felt a bit forced) and Gregory and Simon. We learned to hate Gregory as much as we did with Simon as they both acted like jerks throughout the entire episode, though Simon is a more likable dick than the vile Gregory.
One of my favorite character moments had to be between Maggie and Daryl, where he confessed to her and the audience that he blames himself for Glenn's brutal, "eye-popping" death. Maggie and Daryl are two characters that have been around since the beginning but have not had any interaction together, given that it was very heartfelt watching them open up to each other. This was a great character episode, but it could have been easily cut in half and you definitely felt the weight dragging on your shoulders.
13. Episode 3: "The Cell"
"The Cell" focused on Daryl's harsh treatment as a prisoner of the Saviors. We saw Negan for the first time after the season premiere as he tried to break Daryl with the ultimate goal of having Daryl work for him. Unsurprisingly, Daryl didn't give in and refused to say his name was Negan. Even though it was sluggish at times, this storyline was amazing.
At this point in the season, it was extremely irritating not being able to see any characters outside of the Sanctuary appear. Little did we know that we had to wait multiple episodes until we were finally able to see Team Rick re-unite and decide they were going to stand up to the tyrant leader of the Saviors.
12. Episode 7: "Sing Me A Song"
After two disappointing episodes in a row, "Sing Me A Song" finally re-sparked the audience's interest in The Walking Dead. This episode contained several iconic moments ripped straight from the comics while juggling some very important storylines that further developed the characters. The episode shed more light on Sherry, Dwight, and Negan's characters in more detail as Negan reveals that he and Dwight didn't start off on the right foot but in the end, it all worked out — at least for him.
Also, Negan and Carl's interactions were fantastic as some of their conversations were word-for-word from issue #111 of the comic series. The episode gave us a detailed look at Carl's eye and Negan's reaction was classic. Possibly the most exciting moment was watching Daryl escape from the Sanctuary once and for all.
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11. Episode 4: "Service"
We waited three weeks to finally see Negan arrive at Alexandria — and the wait definitely paid off. This diabolical episode was actually as much fun as it was heartbreaking. Negan and the Saviors barged into Alexandria and took all of their stuff and Rick literally sat and watched, defeated.
Every character from Negan to Rick to even Father Gabriel each had their own excellent moments and at the same time the episode did a great job showing how low Team Rick has gotten. However, this will all be a distant memory to them when they team up with the Hilltop and the Kingdom to defeat the Saviors.
10. Episode 2: "The Well"
After the season premiere, the fans needed a breather before we dove right back into the action. Unfortunately, the producers decided we needed a seven episode long break from the action. "The Well" introduced us to the Kingdom and their leader, King Ezekiel and his pet Tiger, Shiva.
Carol and Morgan are brought back into the equation and we get to see what they have been up to this entire time. They have no idea what has been going on with Alexandria, so they try and start a peaceful life at the Kingdom. It was a slow but refreshing episode that introduced us to a bunch of key players and story arcs that come into play later down the line.
9. Episode 12: "Say Yes"
This episode was certainly a fun and entertaining one featuring some fantastic Rick and Michonne moments. We saw the couple scavenging for guns and ammo to help convince the Scavengers to join their rebellion against the Saviors. It's a simple yet intriguing concept that could be go south quickly if it didn't focus on great characters such as Rick and Michonne.
It was awesome seeing a bunch of walkers roaming around an abandoned amusement park and Rick and Michonne raiding the carnival for its guns and ammo. Also, who didn't love Rick's "death", which was a homage to Glenn's dumpster death last season. Overall, this was a fun filler episode with some huge key moments of foreshadowing sprinkled in.
8. Episode 11: 'Hostiles And Calamities'
In "The Cell", we saw Negan hold Daryl hostage and attempt to break him and make him start working for him, but as we expected Daryl never budged. Eight episodes later, we get to see the other side of the spectrum as we watch Negan convincing Eugene - whose character is the complete opposite of Daryl - to begin working for him and by the end of the episode, Eugene was already his right-hand man spitting out three words: "I am Negan".
It was very intriguing watching Eugene rising up the ranks in the Saviors and acting like a big man. While some fans wanted to believe there was a wolf hiding in sheep wool, Eugene's actions are all executed out of plain fear. Later on, we learn more of his intentions and that every time he sees Negan, he thinks of "that night" (I mean, who wouldn't?!) and does whatever he wants. Aside from Eugene and Negan, it was neat to see Dwight at his tipping point - he's a pot about to boil!
7. Episode 13: "Bury Me Here"
The Kingdom episodes haven't been the most exciting, but this had to be the best one we have seen all season long. From beginning to end, "Bury Me Here" was an insane episode stacked in between two slower episodes.
From the death of Benjamin, to the tension between the Kingdom and the Saviors heating up, to Morgan going ape-sh*t and brutally killing Richard. Sure, this episode couldn't have been more predictable for the avid followers, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this was one hell of a ride!
6. Episode 8: "Hearts Still Beating"
We see Negan arrive at Alexandria once again, but this time he made himself at home. Spencer was "brave" enough to talk to Negan about the flaws in Rick's leadership, but in the end, his true guts were exposed. Even if you read the comics and knew what was going to happen, you were still on your toes throughout the entire episode.
Easily the best part of the entire episode was seeing Team Rick reunite at the Hilltop after such a long time. This episode is the beginning of the potential greatest story arc The Walking Dead will ever introduce: All-Out War. You can't hold back the violence this time, Gale Anne Hurd.
5. Episode 15: "Something They Need"
At this point, fans realized that we aren't going to see All-Out War until the eighth season - which is pretty damn disappointing considering the show has been slowly setting up the massive brawl all-season. Also, when Rick and his group stole the guns from the Oceanside, it seemed like something Negan would do and it didn't line up. Putting that aside, "Something They Need" was a great episode.
This episode was beautifully shot and edited, especially when looking at the scenes where Sasha and Eugene were taking at the cell and when Tara was trying to convince everyone not to kill each other. From the attempted rape scene in the beginning all of the way to the Dwight reveal at the end, this episode was jam-packed with crazy moments that pushed forward the storyline.
4. Episode 9: "Rock in the Road"
The mid-season premiere had high expectations to fix the wrongs that were done in the first-half of the season - which "Rock in the Road" did and even more! This episode finally saw Rick's group travelling together once more and it contained a large part of the story. We see them being rejected from the Hilltop and the Kingdom to join their resistance against the Saviors, but at the same time, a lot of hopeful things occurred and were set up.
We saw Rick and the gang stumble upon an abundance of explosives and they had to disarm them and load them in their truck before the herd of walkers reached them. This scene alone felt like the original The Walking Dead as the scene had emotion, action, and ACTUAL WALKERS (where have you guys been?!). This episode was fun, effective, and even included some action along the way and everyone cheered that the show is finally back on track.
3. Episode 1: "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"
How can this not be one of the greatest episodes of the season? A lot of episodes on this list attracted controversy for its quality, but "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" was controversial because of how violent it was. The cliffhanger at the end of Season 6 annoyed the majority of fans, but the Season 7 premiere quickly made up for it.
The tone was bleak, the audience was trembling, and Negan's introduction was absolutely insane. The way the episode was shot where it would flash forward to Rick's scenes with Negan and then go back to when Negan was about to slam someone in the head with Lucille was intense. The episode refused to reveal who died right away, instead leading up to the huge moment.
First, Negan played "Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe" and killed Abraham right on the spot — which most viewers expected at that point. The episode took a huge turn and killed Glenn, a main character since the debut of the series, right after he killed Abraham due to Daryl's "interruption," which most people did not see coming.
The episode went even further and we saw Negan almost convince Rick to chop his son's arm off — which normally we wouldn't buy, but they already killed two characters in one episode so anything could have happened. Overall, the Season 7 premiere was one of the most effective, memorable, and heartbreaking episodes of the show we've seen.
2. Episode 10: "New Best Friends"
This has to be my second favorite episode of the season behind the obvious #1. The reason I loved it so much is because it introduced new elements into the show while keeping the main group together. We see Rick and the gang stumble upon the Scavengers, a group we have never seen, and explore the group. The scenes where Rick had to prove he was serious about his rebellion, specifically when he fought Winslow was very entertaining.
Some other fantastic moments include the scenes between Daryl and Richard, the scene where Father Gabriel step out of his comfort zone, and definitely the scene where Carol re-unites with Daryl. Overall, this episode felt like a classic The Walking Dead episode and we can only hope that we get more episodes like this in the future.
1. Episode 16: "The First Day Of The Last Day Of Your Life"
I think most fans of the season, no matter how they felt about Season 7 as a whole, can agree that the season finale was the epic ending that The Walking Dead needed to have. If the season finale disappointed, a lot of loyal fans would consider walking away from the show, but the season ended on a very high note. It was chaotic, fun, emotional, wild, and featured a completely necessary battle between Alexandria and the Saviors.
This is not the best episode of The Walking Dead we have ever seen: the Sasha and Abraham scenes were a bit too slow (which again, is this season's main issue) and there were some major plot holes, but we looked past them because the action and violence in this episode was impeccable. While we all knew Sasha's end was upon us, the way it was executed was amazing. To make up for that, there was some amazing twists such as Shiva's arrival and the Scavengers betraying Alexandria.
Like I said, this is not the best episode of The Walking Dead, but it is definitely the best of the season and even better, it probably ranks in the top 10 best episodes we have ever seen when eliminating the fact that the season as a whole was a bit disappointing and that we have to wait six months until All-Out War continues! We can only cross our fingers that the producers learn from their mistakes and make an epic eighth season!
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