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REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season Six Sucked

I wondered several times while watching season six of The Walking Dead how much longer it would go on.  Not ‘is there going to be a season seven’, but rather to me, it’s clear that its days are numbered.  That is, if its fans aren’t as stupid as AMC think they are.  The sixth season is just an effort in giving old problems a new lick of paint, but I’m past the point of fatigue and now they’re beginning to insult me.

Much is made of the introduction of a big character, ‘Negan’, the entire series builds towards his cameo.  But less is made of the fact that most of the people who will watch this show have no idea who Negan is, since most of them have not read the comic (count me as one of those people).  Thus we’re essentially asked to ‘grind’ through in anticipation of something big, with no real direction – unless you’re one of the other unfortunate majority who do not partake in social media, then you just have to grind with no direction at all.  I’d be willing to bet the majority of viewers could name neither a character called ‘Negan’ nor an actor known as Jeffrey Dean Morgan.  To that end, I wonder what they made of the finale?  It must have been baffling, it was surely terribly written even for those ‘in the know’.

The series still has a certain value to it.  I mean, the post apocalypse is always cool and violent so-so soap opera is always better at the end of the world than in the present day.  It still has nice aesthetics, it still has the best zombies I’ve ever seen – are they CGI?  Prosthetics?  Both?  It’s good that I can’t tell.  And I like Jeffrey Dean Morgan (especially playing a baddie) and Norman Reedus.  I guess, if you liked the series ‘Jericho’ from ten years ago, some season six episodes are effective time killers.

However, the main problems are just too big to ignore.

Y’see, this series is jumping the shark now, multiple times.  My main beef is still Rick Grimes and his little crew of invincible badasses.  How many times were Rick Grimes’ people ambushed in this series, only to miraculously shoot their way out of a near-death jam, with someone showing up at the right time and the right place to bail them out? It’s ridiculous, it’s about as realistic as old Turtles cartoon episodes, where the heroes were tied up at before the adverts facing certain death, only to have the whole thing licked by the time the cartoon resumed.  No-one ever doubted that Leonardo would get those ropes untied, somehow.

Even Rick Grimes’ son can be shot in the head, then just re-emerge an episode later with a bandage on his eye.  I mean come the fuck on!  If you don’t fear for characters’ well being in a show about a zombie apocalypse, you’ve fucked up.

I resent the central characters’ invulnerability.  I now patently hate Glenn, and that stunt they pulled where he was killed, only to re-emerge later as a post apocalyptic J.R. Ewing like it was nothin’ was a watershed moment in crap screenwriting and outright contempt for an audience.  And they did it again with Norman Reedus’ character, a blatant attempt to whip up some social media talk at the expense of decent writing.  Next episode, oh, there he is. Another fleshwound, his head wasn’t blown off after all, guys.  Imagine our surprise.

Also, whatever happened to this being a zombie show?  Another watershed moment happens in this season.  After a huge build up about creating a walled community with its own defences to stave off the undead hordes, eventually the masses break in.  And what happens?  Why, Rick the Terminator and his crew of ultimate badasses simply go onto the streets and own them all, rendering the whole genre moot, not to mention the idea of watchtowers just a little less important, if God himself is hanging out on the inside.

And just how bad was that finale?  Most of it had RoboCop Rick driving around in an R.V. and running into roadblocks.  I kept wondering, how are Negan’s men predicting where this fellow is about to drive next? And if they want him, why didn’t they just capture him at the first roadblock?  It’s a small world in The Walking dead, especially when the entire show, all seasons, appear to have been filmed in the one area or district.

So am I looking forward to season seven?  Obviously not.  Who can honestly say that ‘Negan’ is not going to simply be another conquest of Rick Grimes’?  That’s what happened with all of the other big villains.  The producers have outright said that they are not killing off central characters because ‘they’ve been with us too long’, they’ve also responded to awful bait and switch cliffhanger fan criticism by saying “our fans are excited“.  Really?  That’s how you respond to negative comments, by saying “oh, you enjoyed it?  Cool, that means we’re good at this, see you season seven”.




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    April 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I loved the first season of this show, but it lost me in Season 2 during the agonisingly prolonged saga on the farm house. After many months, I was pressured into catching up for the zombie massacre at the end of the season… And then Season 3 just kept going downhill. When I got to the Season 4 opener, I lost interest and never tuned in again. Sounds like I made the right choice.

    This is only the second show that I’ve bailed on after a few seasons. I also stopped Lost after Season 3.

    How the frack is The Walking Dead approaching its seventh season? Fuck sake. It’s rubbish.

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      The Night Rider

      April 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Lost season 3… I remember it, a painful ruin of a good concept.

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    Jacob Phillips

    April 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I enjoyed the first season, watched the second season mainly out of habit and was bored to death by the third season, never watched any more after the 3rd mid season finale. Annoying characters, especially the women, bad writing, pointless build up to nothing. Eventually the novelty of the special effects wore off and the only thing I liked about it was the attractive shooting locations.

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    April 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    These tv series are a big commitment in terms of time. I’m reluctant to give any a chance nowadays. Justified is still the one I enjoyed most even if the last season was a bit of a disappointment.

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      April 5, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      I’m very hesitant when it comes to new shows, most of my TV viewing comes from established or cult shows – e.g. I’m binging through classic X-Files, and I’m catching up on Archer.

      But if somebody enthusiastically recommends a new show and can tell me why it’s good, sure, I’ll give it a whirl.

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    April 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I partly agree with what you wrote but many of those complaints have answers. Such as, how were they able to predict where Rick and his group would go next, well, they were being followed coupled with, there are only so many routes one can take to hilltop, which is indeed where they were going. How did they know they were headed to Hilltop? That’s were the bad/convenient writing comes in. There’s a lot of stuff that I can overlook in both TV and movies if it’s compelling enough, but these cliffhangerish moments of this season have really put me off the show. They were trying to do a Jon Snow moment of is he dead or isn’t he throughout the entire season. But why the fuck do it 3 or 4 times in a single season and then end the season like THAT! It’s a complete fuck you to their audience. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is awesome, I’m torn since this season has turned me off the show but at the same time, I really want to see what he can bring to it…..

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    April 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I’m pretty sure The Walking Dead is the only show that people watch not because it’s actually good, but because people keep waiting for it to get good. And the show’s longevity will depend on how long people will be able to put up with the same shit over and over again in the hope of improvement.

    I’ve forgotten which comedian it was, but they summarised The Walking Dead a bit like this:
    Every episode of the show follows the same formula – “Hey, we need this. Oh no, it’s over there, and there are some zombies.”

    I think turning it into a 20-plus episodes a season show was a terrible mistake. The first season’s superlative six-episode run was perfect. Ten episodes a season would get rid of all the undesirable fat and keep it lean & focused. Say, has anyone done a fan edit? 😉

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      April 8, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      That sounds about right. As much as I whine about WD, it does show some semblance of greatness & actual horror (No Way Out) every once in a while but as I said, the Walking Derp always ruins their own build up by pacing the show like some shitty daytime soap opera for women. I wish it were paced more like HBO’s Daredevil or Ash vs the Evil Dead. Now those are shows that barely have any filler.

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    Barney Ross

    April 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Season 1 is still the best one then a lot of cool episodes with nice action in it in other seasons, but like Romero said it’s too slow and not enough zombie action. I use fast forwars A LOT,

    Still i love this show since the first episode and i’m going to keep watching it, it’s obvious the writers are fucking hacks since season 5………..

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    Barney Ross

    April 5, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Darabont is the genius behind it, the second he left it was not as good anymore. Still love it though.

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    April 5, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    lots of people complaining, if I don’t like a show with the passion of some of the people on here I don’t watch, I suggest you do the same.

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    Jacob Phillips

    April 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I just had a great idea for an article… top ten most annoying characters from The Walking Dead…

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      April 9, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      1. Carl
      2. Carl
      3. Carl
      4. Carl
      5. Carl
      6. Carl
      7. Carl
      8. Carl
      9. Carl
      10. Carl

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        Jacob Phillips

        April 10, 2016 at 6:32 pm

        It’s so long since I’ve watched it I can barely remember characters’ names. Is Carl the redneck with who rides a chopper? I could never bear any of the female characters, in particular Rick’s wife, the blonde played by Laurie Holden (I think) and the white trash woman with the abusive husband.

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          April 10, 2016 at 8:03 pm

          That’s season 1 I think. And no Carl is Rick’s son and being damn annoying is his specialty!

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            Jacob Phillips

            April 11, 2016 at 8:07 am

            Oh yeah, that little twat, tell me about it.

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    April 6, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Agree the show sucked bad this season. The entire last half seemed to be a stall-job waiting for Negan to show up. And when he finally did, they copped out and didn’t show us who he battered with his bat. Fuck you Walking Dead.

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    John Steinman

    April 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I totally agree here, honestly as this show goes on it just gets more tedious to watch.

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    April 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    More like WD just sucks in general. They follow the pattern of one badass episode (JSS) then fuck it up with 10 episodes of Soap Opera bullshit. The season finale just killed the show for me. 1 hour of filler & then it ends without showing you who Neegan killed. Fuck that. I also hate all the forced couples. I was laughing when Rick was lovingly holding onto Michonne’s nasty ass hair. I ain’t being racist, that bitch just has some ugly ass hair. LOL! How do you go from Josie to Micchone? At least hook up with Rosita or cuck the shit out of Gleen & take his Maggie.

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    April 18, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Many boring episodwes this season is true. too much filler ones to be honest. I’ve started watching SyFy’s Z Nation tv series, and although they don’t have the enormous budget of TWD, it is pretty entertaining. Lots of zombie killing, always on the move, no boring moments.