I used to love watching The Walking Dead. It was so different from any other show on television. This show took risks, built a big world, and developed some stellar characters. Then somewhere in season 4 it started to lose its way, and for awhile I refused to see it. But after the first half of this season I have decided to stop watching it altogether. Here are seven reasons why...
** SPOILERS AHEAD**
1. Nothing Ever Happens
Remember when The Walking Dead had action and moved quickly? Not anymore. Everything in the Walking Dead takes forever to take place. The group decides to go to Terminus? Let's take half a season to get there. Even more recently there's trouble at home (a place we were just at)? Let's take another half season to get back just a few miles. Because of it being so drawn out, nothing ever really happens. The Walking Dead has become the longest slow burn on television.
2. No Overarching Story
When Rick woke up in a world filled with brain-eating zombies, we were introduced to that world too. Immediately we wanted answers. Why did this happen? Is there any hope for the walkers? The first few seasons were big. We went to Atlanta, travelled around the region, and learned a lot about the walkers. Now we are stuck in the same area with no hope of a bigger story being told other than the survival of a small group of characters, half of whom we don't care about anymore.
3. Faking Out Fans
The strength of the Walking Dead has always been its characters. That's what also made the show so intense. You never knew if a character was going to survive. Even beloved characters like Dale, Lori, and Hershel were taken from us. The last two seasons have cheapened the show with jump scares and the faking out of fans. None worse than Glenn's supposed death. The writers tricked fans and left them wondering for weeks before answering his fate. He survived in one of the most rediculous ways possible. A cheap and mean trick on the fans. This has showed the Walking Dead's cards. Some characters ARE off-limits.
4. What The Heck Happened to Darryl?
Darryl has been the heart and soul of this show. He is by far the most popular character on the show. Why? Because he's a tough-yet-wise rebel. He knows what to do and he's not scared to do it. Over the last few seasons he has bheen robbed of his position and some of his characteristics. He has been turned into a wuss. He's overly self-conscious when he used to be so decisive. If Darryl thought something was the right thing to do, he did it. He's gone from being a little quiet to almost silent. He barely has any lines anymore! A shadow of who he used to be in previous seasons. It's like the writers have begun writing Machonne as Darryl the past two seasons.
5. New Characters Are Red Shirts
Every time we meet a new character who is likable in any way they might as well name them Dead Deaderson. Noah saved Beth? Dead. Bob turned into a decent guy? Dead. Reg knows how to build walls? Dead. It seems the only new characters who survive are the one you don't care to see. I'm looking at you "Father" Gabriel! You might as well have every new likable character wear a red shirt from Star Trek.
6. Circles...Nothing But Circles
The Walking Dead has become one of the most repetitive shows on television. The group is out in the open, then they find a safe place, that safe place falls apart, then they find a new safe place, over and over and over... Why not change things up? Do something different. I think a lot of fans would love to see something different.
7. Stop Killing Kids!
I understand if this one is just me, but I am tired of the Walking Dead resorting to manipulating our most basic fear - the killing of innocent helpless children. Four times the show has manipulated fans into thinking Judith was dead. Then they killed Lizzie. It's sick. There are some things you just don't do on a show. It's cheap and gross.
What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Do you have any ideas how to fix the show or make it better?
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