Disclaimer: Before I begin this blog post you must be warned this post doesn’t contain specific spoilers but they are suggested. Read at your own risk.
Seeing as things have finally settled down after becoming a published author I must look ahead to what’s next. Right now I’m trying to keep an online presence and of course I feel very much compelled to say a few words about the opening episode of the new walking dead season.
Over the past year this show has become a favourite past time for me, time is of value these days with my shift work patterns, dedication to writing and a semi active social life. And what a way to spend my time. But last night for the first time I felt something in which I have never felt in my entire life towards a show.
I didn’t want to watch it anymore.
To process that above statement it can mean a lot of things. Above all to me it means I didn’t want to watch or endure what was happening to the characters I have come to love. No way was I going to turn the TV off. That suggests this show, which is just entertainment folks means a hell of a lot to me. Hell there are superfans out there who live off every word Daryl says or every action Rick takes.
Their performances throughout the constantly changing landscape have seen some serious character development (stuff which has never really been done right). Last night I was captivated and afraid all at once. For the first time in this seven season series, those characters were put in a position beyond their control.
I think the walking dead has finally reached that pinnacle of having a reason. By that I mean the punch line finally dropped. We have all watched back to the future and eventually you realise the story is not about time travelling but about a kid called Marty who must fight to ensure he is created. TWD isnt about zombies and it never has been, its about life and survival.
As much as last night was the lowest and toughest test for Rick and the group, there is now reason to fight and redeem what has been lost. If you ask for my opinion, maybe they shouldn’t have gone after certain people to begin with.
I am fully committed to seeing this whole thing out now regardless of who dies and who lives, we can all agree on one thing, the walking dead is captivating, gripping and sometimes brutal but it’s also what every great TV show strives to be. As an audience we will get over what has happened and grow like the surviving characters, we have to.