The Walking Dead fans are a loyal bunch. The show has its own Walker Stalker con for fans to gather and worship at the altar of AMC's phenomenal creation, and the ratings reflect just how much love there is for the show.
Still, perhaps the biggest indicator of #TheWalkingDead fan loyalty is our commitment to keep on truckin' after so much disappointment. Showrunner Greg Nicotero has just released a statement to ComicBook.com about what a "fulfilling redemption" the season 7 finale will be... but is anyone else feeling a bit of deja vu?
Fans were widely disappointed at the anti-climax of the Season 6, with a host of negative reviews and all-out hatchet jobs making the rounds online. How can we trust Nicotero again when the promises of a killer finale came to a nothing that almost felt like being trolled?
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If you consider previous triumphs — taking out The Governor, destroying the giant herd, stealth-killing Negan's outpost, "look at the flowers," for God's sake! — it has to be said that season 7 has been a little lacking in both action and memorable moments.
Nicotero seems to be laboring under the delusion that Walking Dead fans are unhappy purely because we cannot bear to watch unpleasant things happen to our favorite characters, telling ComicBook.com:
"It's really important that our audience understands that, listen, sometimes you're watching something that might be uncomfortable, but there is a means to the end. The satisfying aspect of these episodes is because we built to it."
"Uncomfortable" is fine. What gets on our nerves a bit is multiple-episode arcs in which nothing happens except everyone making sad faces and Carol mournfully eating pomegranates. Many fans feel that there's a lot of filler masquerading as character development, which is a real shame, because when The Walking Dead is good, it's brilliant. Season 7 has seen a few sparks of ingenuity, moments where it almost felt like the old Walking Dead. Maggie rampaging through Hilltop on a tractor, the gang taking down a stream of zombies with a high-speed barbed wire contraption: these were glimmers of what we love about the show.
Now, all of this being said, the promo for The Walking Dead season 7 finale, 'Bury Me Here,' does look pretty fucking cool.
By the looks of things, Carol (sans exotic fruits) and The Kingdom are gearing up for action, is a step in the right direction. Could The Walking Dead be heading back to form?
Whether you trust the guy or not after last season's finale scandal, here's what Nicotero has to say about The Walking Dead season 7 finale:
"I think our momentum continues forward, and seeing where we are now, and these various groups of people, it really builds to a very different finale than we've done in the past. It was a blast to shoot, and we all went on pure adrenaline and pure instinct. And it was really, really a great experience.
I always love what we do on 'The Walking Dead' because we set everything up in the first half of the season, and then we start putting the gas pedal down. And seeing Rick as old Rick Grimes, and being like, 'That's the guy that we have wanted to see and that we love seeing.' The fact that we get a chance to see a lot more Daryl. It's really great. These episodes are really fulfilling this journey that we dragged our audience down in these deep, dark places in the first half of the season, to serve this redemption."
Is your heart open to Nicotero's vision or has your trust been destroyed by too much filler? Let us know how you feel about our chances of a truly memorable Walking Dead season finale below!
Will 'The Walking Dead' season 7 finale be worth waiting for?
(Source: Comic Book)