Since its conception, The Walking Dead has been redefining the zombie genre. To some, it created the zombie genre. In the days, months, and years after the fall of civilization, a small, savvy, desperate and disparate group of nobodies struggles to keep themselves, along with their hope, alive in the American south. Their leader, police chief Rick Grimes, is a stoic and determined man, who's seen the best and the worst in people. He'll stop at nothing to secure the safety of his family and friends. As the troop begins to adapt to a world inhabited by the walking dead, they soon realize that the true challenge of survival lies in the evil that lurks in the power-hungry hearts of their fellow man. Every story and battle from the first half of the season comes crashing together in this action-packed, emotional mid-season finale. Negan has to enlist the help of his lieutenants in solving a huge issue facing the Sanctuary Rick and the group continue to enact the plan.
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With things looking up for Rick and the group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop the consequences of the decision are life versus death. A close look at Negan and the lives of the Saviors during the conflict through a familiar set of eyes. A new weapon in the Savior arsenal proves to be a giant hurdle as fighting continues between Rick's forces and those of the Saviors. Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria morality proves tricky in wartime. The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds as Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face. Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, have banded together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors. In the season closer, the stakes keep building higher and higher as various tales from the season clash while the group executes an intricate plan. A group of Alexandrians sets out on a quest to a distant community and one member is faced with a heartbreaking decision. The Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone, with plans of taking more than supplies. The crew scavenges for supplies back in Alexandria, someone has to make a morally complicated decision. An Alexandrian realizes they have to navigate the mysterious, confusing and horrifying sphere within the Saviors' compound. While looking for a missing Alexandrian, Rick and his team confront a mysterious collective, its dwellers unlike any they have come across. Rick and the team are led to a new community where they meet its inhabitants and leader. A familiar face shows up. Negan's unwelcome journey to Alexandria carries on as other members rummage for supplies things quickly spiral out of control. A closer view of the Sanctuary and the world of the Saviors members of Alexandria search for supplies. Someone stumbles upon a new society different from anything known before. Saddled with grief and surrounded by foes, members of the crew attempt to find safety at the Hilltop before it's too late.
The remaining members of the gang try to keep it together in Alexandria they get a sobering visit. A new crew of survivors seem to have everything in their impressive community but, there is a price. For many familiar faces, a new, well-established neighborhood appears too good to be true. The seventh season opens with Rick and the group kneeling powerless before Negan and his crew. Negan's actions will terrorize those who survive. On the bright side, ratings for this week's mid-season finale of The Walking Dead were just about the same as they were last week. On the darker side, those ratings represent a giant decline from the series' peak popularity and are holding steadyat levels last seen in the second season. Eric Kain at Forbes has an idea of what's causing the decline, and his recommendation for fixing the problem is drastic. Be warned: there are major spoilers for the latest episode below. Last night, The Walking Dead gave us one of the worst midseason finales the show has ever aired. It was terrible in almost every conceivable way. The story, which sees a Savior counter-attack against Rick's people, was riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies, capping off the first half to a truly terrible eighth season. And to make matters worse, we learn at the end that they've killed off Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) one of the most important characters in both the show and the comics. It's bizarre. Everything about the show these days is bizarre. It's certainly not the show we used to watch and love. I'm told quite often by angry fans that I should just stop watching if I don't like it.
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That's a peculiar response for two reasons. First, I do this as part of my job. I'm a professional critic who writes reviews of TV shows, movies and video games. Sometimes I love the things I review and sometimes I don't. I'd be a pretty lousy critic if I only wrote uncritically about stuff I liked! The second reason I find this kind of thinking bizarre is that ratings matter. If enough people take this advice, The Walking Dead's ratings will fall. They've been falling already. Now it seems the show's most diehard fans would like people to stop watching the show so that they can fall even further! This makes no sense to me. I, on the other hand, want the show's ratings to improve. As a critic, one of my goals is to point out the flaws in something like The Walking Dead in the hopes that its creators will listen and adapt. Criticism is far more useful and beneficial than blind fandom. Sure, the critics aren't always right (and I'm not always right, either) but certainly listening to both positive and negative voices is part of a big creative endeavor like making a major TV show. Critical voices can help showrunners, producers and writers improve. In some ways, we're like the canary in the coal mine: We can help creative people avoid disaster. And disaster is coming to The Walking Dead.
Ratings continue to slide. Reading through the show's Reddit discussions illustrates just how many fans are angry. Time and again I try to understand just what it is about this show that's making it go downhill so rapidly. Partly it's just where the show has gone and its bizarre change of tone. You can attribute that to the cartoonish villain, Negan, and to the rest of the cartoonish, unbelievable characters like King Ezekiel, the Trash People and Eugene. None of these characters talk like real people and it's grating and annoying. Partly, too, is the substandard production values lately. Bad choreography, inconsistent plot details, shoddy lighting and sound, and utterly atrocious editing all combine with sloppy dialogue and. . Well, you get the point. Across every corner of The Walking Dead, there are problems both great and small. So what's the one thing tying all this together? What's at the center of this mess? Better yet, who? Do you agree that Scott GImple is to blame for most of TWD's troubles? Let us know in the comments below. We expected that something big would happen as The Walking Dead cruised toward its mid-season hiatus, but we suspected the twist would be the departure of Morgan, who is set to take up residence in the prequel series, Fear the Walking Dead. TWD's big mid-season twist this week, though, involved a totally different character, and it's perhaps the biggest surprise that the series has delivered to date.
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from episode 858, How It's Gotta Be, of AMC's The Walking Dead as well as the comic book series on which the show is based. ]AMC's The Walking Dead just delivered the biggest shocker in its 655-episode-plus history when, during Sunday's season eight midseason finale, the zombie drama set the stage for the unimaginable death one of one of its most untouchable characters. Revealing that he had been bitten on the ribs a few episodes prior, Carl Grimes — Rick's teenage son, who has been played by Chandler Riggs since the show's pilot — is on death's door. Yes, Carl is going to die, Riggs tells The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview. There's no way he can get back from that. His story is definitely coming to an end. To put the events of the episode in context, Riggs — who was cast at age 66 and is now 68 and taking a gap year before starting college — and Andrew Lincoln (Rick) are the only original series regulars who have been with The Walking Dead since the pilot. Carl was widely seen as the future of the post-apocalyptic world as Rick, a former sheriff, has been grooming him to take over as the leader of the survivors. The version of Carl in creator Robert Kirkman's comic series continues to be a force to be reckoned with and the future of the new world as the source material is roughly 75 issues beyond where the AMC adaptation sits. Outside of killing off leading man Lincoln, this is the biggest departure from the source material ever. But before viewers scream for Carl, it's worth noting that Riggs still has one episode left — episode 859, the 7568 midseason premiere (airing Feb. 75) when Rick, Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the rest of the core Alexandrians will watch as the young man dies before them in what can only be described as their biggest loss to date. (Sorry, Steven Yeun, we knew Glenn's death was coming since issue 655 of the comics. )Below, Riggs talks exclusively with The Hollywood Reporter about getting the dreaded death call from showrunner Scott M. Gimple, how Carl's heroic death will be used to service the story and if Rick could be next. If you were hoping that last week's small gain in the ratings for The Walking Dead was a sign that the series' disastrous eighth season was turning around, you were in for a disappointment this week. The seventh episode of the season was, by far, the lowest-rated episode of the season so far, and it took the series back to the season-two-level ratings it's been posting all season.