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"The Walking Dead"

by Nicholas Mazur - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Feb 27th 2018 10:00 pm

Spoilers spoilers spoilers, blah blah blah, here we go! “The Walking Dead” is a great show. I will never forget when I was first hooked on it. It holds a special place in my heart. That being said, it has its ups and downs like anything. 

The first half of this season started slow, but by the end, had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened. Much like the first episode of the first half of the season, this premiere had me at kind of a loss. The death of Carl was something teased at the end of the last season and delivered on in this first episode. Though they certainly delivered on just that, I couldn’t help feel like it was a little drawn out, making Carl say all these heartfelt, didactic things to make me feel bad for his death. They really wanted to make a saint and martyr out of the boy before he left.

This past season has been the most indulgent in didacticism, trying to make the audience really feel the rhetoric of the show. When the show started, it felt gritty and real, everything death felt powerful and tragic. I knew Andrea’s sister Amy for about five minutes and when she died, I was left as shocked as anyone. Yet with Carl, it was just the opposite. I’ve known him for years and his death left much to be desired.

Overall this show is pushing the limits of its length and it is really beginning to show. That being said, I think that the rest of the season, like in November of last year, has real potential to pull itself together and produce a real humdinger of a season.

 If I’m checking off my list, I’d love to see less Rick speeches, less speeches in general, less of the cost of killing rhetoric that the writers have been so fond of. I’d love to see more hard-hitting deaths. Somehow scrounging for a can of beans and some water is more compelling than fighting an all out war. I want to see, though am unlikely to,  more of the gritty, everyday survival struggles the group has faced before. 

Despite that, I cannot help but savor some anticipation for the ever building clash between team Rick and team Negan. Fingers crossed for a good rest of the season.

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