The Walking Dead season 6 finale left TV show fans confused and comic fans mad when they decided to basically butcher up one of the most iconic plots in TWD's universe, not only will the victim most likely be spoiled during the next 6 months; but all the tension created on that episode will hardly pay off after a very anticlimactic cliffhanger.
First of all we need to accept that Season 6 was probably the best season since the now-distant Season 1, the character development for the most part was well executed in order to set a lot of plots for Season 7, the dialogues (especially Abraham's) felt well-timed and offered some kind of comedic relief for a dark story. The make-up and the graphic effects were really well crafted, starting with the 10,000 walkers that embodied the most terrifying herd ever seen in the now world-famous zombie universe; the number of great episodes this Season had surpasses any Season before (yes, despite Dumpstergate).
*The Walking Dead season 6 finale and comic book spoilers ahead*
3 Reasons Why Die Hard Fans Hated the Season Finale
Carol's Very Untimely (And Unlikely) Moral Compass Switch: Yes, one of the most bad ass characters in TWD found herself in distress as she realized she had killed 18 people (pre-The Same Boat killing spree, our lady has over 30 kills by now) and so she decided to take Morgan’ advice in the worst way possible: Roam the world by herself until she dies by natural causes, humans or walkers; all of this because of the obvious reasoning that if you care about people you very well may have to kill for them, despite her dislike of Morgan is his philosophy and constant “All Life is Precious” rambling that finally drives Carol into a heavy cross-bearing depression. A little far-fetched for most fans and really untimely, as Carol and Daryl are the survivors who have killed the most saviors and who could assist greatly during "All Out War".
Negan's Watered Down (Seemingly Sedated as Well) Censored Version: There is no doubt that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a great actor, but me must state that despite AMC and the actor himself announcing that they would push as far as possible regarding Negan's colorful vocabulary use; it just didn’t feel like Negan for the most part. There was zero use of the world “fuck” in his dialogue (he is known to curse every other word) and they gave us 2-3 “shits” and one “prick". Damn, I have ex-girlfriends that use more laud words while telling a funny story. Another valid critique seems to be about how relaxed and watered down Negan’s intro appeared to the comic fan, it appeared as if he was just trying to be funny to the survivors after downing a couple of valiums and a glass of scotch. His physique should have been bigger as well but to be fair we guess JDM didn’t get enough notice to bulk up to record the season finale, I bet he will be bigger next season; similar to what happened to Abraham after Season 4.
God dammed cliffhangers, yes; we get it. AMC needs some kind of cliffhanger to draw lots of attention for next season but this was the single worst decision of TWD universe in the fans eyes. Most fans were already psychologically prepared to bury an important character that night, and after all that cat-mouse chase in which Rick came to realization he didn’t know shit (in Negan’s words) the tension and the terror were aligned up perfectly to show us Lucille bashing someone’s skull, but they didn’t; we only heard it happening after witnessing the first blow from a POV perspective. Cheap thrills and cheaper cliffhangers, this was a terrible decision from a fan base and artistic stand point, how can you ruin an almost perfect season finale by not paying off the fans patience over the last 16 episodes? Season 6 always came to this scene and they mangled it, chopped it down in half just to secure ratings for Season 7’s premiere; that sad fact is obvious. Why not show us a first death and tease us with a second death instead AMC? Don’t you think it’s time to start listening to the fans before the ratings do fall because of click-bait style kind of writing? Was that cliffhanger really necessary for ratings? Most people seem to agree they would have tuned in anyway in October. Others claim that they are done with the show and their sneaky showrunners. Just when we thought dumpstergate was the season low...