This is less a review and more a series of thoughts I have upon finishing Season 7 of The Walking Dead. Beware, there are big spoilers here.
At the end of ‘The First Day of the Rest of Your Life‘, Negan raises his middle finger, unscathed despite being fired at by most of Alexandria, The Hilltop and The Kingdom. I can’t help but wonder if that middle finger was directly from the writers of this show. Fuck you SDCC, we’ve given you just enough to make you want to see the Season 8 opener!
When the biggest surprise of the finale is forgetting that dead people turn into zombies you know that it wasn’t mind-blowing. However, that’s not to say it was all bad.
The episode concentrated on Sasha before she boldly goes Star Trekking but it was a mixed bag. She showed great range as she was sneaky, brave, in love and a zombie. But loading her relationship with Abraham with feels six months after he died doesn’t work. And whilst becoming a walker of her own choice was cool, she promptly vanished until the end of the episode. It was fitting that she’d be in charge of her demise but it did seem to mean that Rosita got sidelined. Perhaps that’s a good thing as she’s pissed me off no end this season with her pouty ‘I’m a badass and I’m going to do it on my own oh not really’ act.
Rick didn’t get beaten up! But he still took a good hit and we were given at least 30 seconds of the classic wild eyed, not quite sure where he is emotion. Once again losing a hand is hinted at and not followed through on. Probably for the best.
Did Maggie look like she was cosplaying as Leon from Resident Evil? That’s the vibe I was getting and I liked it. One of the best things about the show is seeing her step up (though where is Gregory? He’s great), and her monologue about how Glenn helping Rick started everything was pretty damn good. Interesting hearing it all boiled to that.
No big surprise from The Kingdom. Shiva actually got to kill some people. No one of note mind you, but at least she didn’t look terrible. A tiger messing bad guys is never not cool.
The trash people were a let down. They’re odd style of talking doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is the lack of a bond we form with them. When they’re betrayal came I was slightly surprised as I rarely see the signs of twists, but it wasn’t a big deal really. There was no time to get to know them and they’ve said themselves they’re not all that bothered about things, so why wouldn’t they?
Coming into this episode I was giving serious consideration to whether or not it would be the last episode I watched. The back half of Season 7 has shown TWD at its best and worst. For every ‘Rick and Michonne taking names’ there is a ‘Rick and Michonne get stuck in a car like idiots’. But who am I kidding? I’ll be there when Season 8 starts. I want to see All Out War. All the cards are on the table now. Negan can be stop trying to be nice and Rick can be the hardcore Rick we’d all prefer to watch.
Also, Coral is pulling some serious Big Boss magic as he aims with his missing eye. He’s hardcore but still a young idiot at times. Hopefully he can step up more. Rick and Carl being badass together would be awesome.
I’m sure they’ll manage to slow it down and wind me up. But I’ve stayed on this long and it’s only 45 minutes a week. The Walking Dead hasn’t become unwatchable enough yet to stop me enjoying the high points.