Season 7 of The Walking Dead was shrouded in controversy before it even began. That cliffhanger from the Season 6 finale may have been met with disappointed outcries from fans, but the show writers did their best to make up for it with the show's goriest scene yet for the return of Season 7.
Unfortunately, their plan may have backfired a little. Some viewers decided the violence was too much for them, and refused to continue watching. While Greg Nicotero promised he had no intention on toning down the bloodshed, that brutal first episode allowed for a noticeably less-bloody remainder of the season. So how did viewers react this time? With even more criticism.
If anyone could be the voice of reason in this dire situation, it's beloved fan-favorite Norman Reedus. Luckily, Daryl Dixon himself has done just that.
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The Boring Dead?
If you've made the very wise decision to shield yourself from the opinions of strangers on the internet, then you might be a little out of the loop. People have had some very strong opinions about this season of #TheWalkingDead, especially in regards to the lack of carnage since the Season 7 premiere:
Apparently Season 7 Episode 1 raised the bar pretty high for some fans, who expected the same level of chaos for the entire season; not to mention that ratings have been a little shaky every since.
"Too Many People Are On The Internet"
Norman Reedus is no stranger to the internet. He loves jumping on Instagram to share snaps from his motorcycle rides with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, candid moments with fans and even his favorite Walking Dead memes. But according to an interview with Comic Book, even this social media aficionado thinks the people of the internet need to get back in their lane:
"I think too many people are on the Internet, and everybody has a computer and everybody has an opinion. Which is fine. But you gotta stop."
Some may dismiss his comments as nothing more than the ravings of a jaded luddite, but there's definitely some logic to his sentiment. The Walking Dead writers aren't aiming to do the impossible task of pleasing everyone. They're trying to construct a narrative and build their characters.
Unfortunately, there's only so much you can add to a story by showing nothing but hyper-violence; hence the situation the show find itself in now:
"If you don’t have too much violence, they go there’s not enough violence. Too much violence, there’s too much violence. You just have to tell the story sometimes."
You might not have been the biggest fan of Morgan's philosophical musings, or Carl's attempts to flirt with Enid, or even Sasha and Rosita's botched assassination mission. But maybe that's the kind of build-up that's necessary to create a finale that may just match the epic scale of that season premiere.
Do you think critics will be unhappy about The Walking Dead Season 7 finale?
(Source: Comic Book)