SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses the midseason finale of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Seven. If you are behind, you may want to skip this for now… but come back after you’ve seen it!
Change is coming on ‘The Walking Dead’. After Negan beat Glenn and Abraham to death in front of the rest of “the gang,” Rick urged everyone to kowtow to the brutal leader of The Saviors and they spent the rest of the season scrambling to gather supplies to turn over to the bully army– much to the chagrin of Michonne and others who want revenge. But now, after the midseason finale which saw two of Negan’s henchmen savagely beat Aaron, another cap Olivia and finally, Negan himself gut Spencer in the street (not that that weasel didn’t have it coming), it appears that Rick has finally snapped back to his senses. After a pep talk from Michonne, Rick and the core crew of Alexandrians head to Hilltop where they are reunited with Maggie, Sasha and Daryl, as well as Jesus, it looks like Rick is ready to declare “All Out War.” (Readers of the comics get that reference.)
‘The Walking Dead’ doesn’t return until February 12, 2017, but AMC did release a trailer to tease what is in store:
Negan and the Saviors have proven a nearly unstoppable force. Even with the large number of people in Alexandria, Hilltop and the Kingdom, keep in mind, most of them are docile, having dwelt in comfort for a remarkably long time. They aren’t the hardened, grizzled survivors that Rick and the crew are.
Following the massive ratings of the Season Seven premier, the one with the bashy-bashy, ratings actually plummeted. It’s unclear why, but it may have something to do with the majority of episodes being quieter, character-building stories that focused on only one or two major characters. (Or maybe folks were serious when they said if Glenn died, they were out.)
But for those who stuck with the show, expect big changes in the second half of the season.
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple revealed:
“I will say 7B’s vibe is very different from 7A’s vibe. The ending of 7B is very different than the beginning of 7A, Just the vibe in 7B, I was just talking about it with Andy [Lincoln] last night. It’s just a very, very different half season than the half season that preceded it. Even with structure, what we’re doing right now with the episodes and seeing where everyone is at, the structure is very, very different than the back half. There’s a lot more variety to the structure. It’s just a very, very different situation, but 6, 7, 8 … Wow, we’re really close, aren’t we? I would say the end of 7A is very different than the beginning of 7A. That’s the thing that kind of launches that different tone of 7B.”
Typically, the show tends to stretch things out. Events that took just a few issues in the comics, gets extended for entire seasons, with additional character development added. Now it suddenly seems like the show has hit the fast forward button.
But for those thirsty for Negan’s blood in retaliation for his killing of Glenn and Abraham, keep in mind that The Governor stuck around for two seasons and he wasn’t in the comics for as long as Negan. Expect Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s foul-mouth sociopath to linger for at least one more.
At any rate, what would YOU like to see happen in Season 7B?