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.
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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: