The Walking Dead is now only a month away as it returns on February 12 on AMC. While fans are very excited for the return of other popular #TV series like The Flash, Grey's Anatomy, and Arrow, people don't seem to be as excited for The Walking Dead's return — or at least not as much as they should be.
I calculated that The Walking Dead is the most popular series currently on television back in September, but after we received eight episodes that were so dragged out that the story could be compressed into three or for episodes instead, fans begin to lose interest in the show.
However, I believe that we should get our hopes up and get excited for The Walking Dead once again! In fact, I have five main reasons to put your negative thoughts may be aside and get pumped for the epic second half of Season 7.
5. There Is Still Hope For Team Rick
The first eight episodes of The Walking Dead was lacking one important aspect: hope. From seeing favorite characters Glenn and Abraham getting their heads bashed in, to having to watch Negan act like a total a-hole, it was hard for us to watch The Walking Dead as it was a depressing storyline where every time something somewhat hopeful happens, an equally horrible event follows.
The mid-season premiere showed Team Rick regrouping after watching them separated for a half a season. The episode left the audience with a lot of hope for Team Rick’s future as they are finally ready to stand up to Negan. There is no question that there will be more death and violence on the road ahead, but it will be awesome to see Alexandria take back control and hope.
4. Andrew Lincoln's Excited And Wants Us To Be Too
The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead was a pretty brutal yet predictable episode. From watching Aaron get beat up to Spencer having his guts "exposed," it totally changed the course of the show, especially for Rick Grimes. This was the last straw for him and now we will see a new Rick rise up from the ashes to defeat the devilish Negan. Andrew Lincoln commented on this while speaking with Entertainment Weekly last week. Lincoln said:
"'It’s probably the opposite of what you just witnessed,' says Andrew Lincoln of the tonal shift for the back half of the season. 'Certainly from Rick’s point of view. You see a man in action again with some of the members of his closest family.' He continued to speak about what's next for his character:
'There’s a lot more levity, if you can believe that, than you’ve ever seen before in Mr. Grimes,' says Lincoln. 'There’s sort of a freedom in him, a feeling that comes from losing everything, and also the thrill of the fight. It’s the thrill of the fight again. He’s back in. All I’m saying is that the band is back together. There are several episodes that I loved being involved in and it certainly feels very much more like a show that I knew and recognized in the back eight,' he says. 'I loved the episodes that I was in.'
Andrew Lincoln certainly feels very optimistic about the back half of the season. Of course, Lincoln isn't going to come out and speak negatively of the series that pays him millions of dollars, but what he says is valid. The whole crew was split up in the first eight episodes and now that they are back together, it appears they will stay together for the rest of the season and rise against Negan as a team. Lincoln continued to talk about how excited he is for the rest of the season, especially the finale. He says:
“It’s The Magnificent Seven in the back half. Rather, the magnificent eight episodes. Wait till [episode] 16. I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.”
Unlike the season finale last year where fans were either terrified at the events or extremely annoyed because of a cliffhanger that wouldn't be answered in six months, according to Lincoln, this season finale will definitely be more satisfying for the fans and that we will definitely enjoy it. These comments are very exciting nonetheless, but there are bigger and better reasons to why I am hyped for Season 7B.
3. All Out War
Sure, The Walking Dead isn't all about the zombies and violence — but they are still an integral part of the show. With neither of those things, The Walking Dead turns into a boring slugfest similar to the first half of Season 6 and 7. Usually after the mid-season finale, things begin to pick up and the violence and awesome "WTF" moments are more consistent.
Many fans believe that Season 7A was so mundane that there is no redemption for the rest of the season. However, if there is any storyline that could save The Walking Dead, it is going to be "All Out War," which the first-half of the season has already set up. This is where Alexandria teams up with the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and possibly a few other groups and rises up against the forces of the Saviors and as a result a war begins.
This is where things are going to get bloody, violent, and totally awesome and even though we won't see the war begin immediately, the pay off will all be worth it in the end.
2. The Storyline Won't Be As Predictable
This show used to surprise me every single, suspenseful episode and now, the show is extremely predictable and there is almost nothing that surprises you. I even predicted that Glenn and Abraham were going to die in the season premiere by using simple logic.
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Also, the show has been following closer to the comics than ever before. While it's awesome to see some of the iconic moments transferred onto TV, the series should deviate to a certain extent. Negan was especially predictable as half of his lines were ripped straight from the comics.
Now that the show is beginning the "All Out War" storyline, the show will begin to branch out onto its own. While we should expect some huge comic book moments, "All Out War" is totally unpredictable and crazy and it would be hard for the show to closely follow the comics. Also, Andrew Lincoln made it sound like Team Rick will defeat the Saviors in the season finale due to him considering he was "punching the air and did a little jig" after reading it.
1. The Series Will Pick Up The Pace
This is the number one reason why we should all be excited for The Walking Dead to return, and it sums up most of the other issues as well. The slow pacing of the zombie show has turned off so many fans this year. However, that is going to quickly change in the second half of the season.
The first eight episodes didn't have a solid storyline and was purely set up for the awesomeness to come. Now that the characters are together, the show will quickly establish that they will be gearing up to rebel against the Saviors. After that, the war will begin and we will not be bored again for the rest of the season.
War will be everywhere and instead of falling asleep, we will be throwing our fists in the air out of pure excitement because these next eight episodes are going to be well-written and purely entertaining.
Will The Walking Dead make up for its sins and become great again? Or will it continue to put us to sleep? Sound off below!