How Can The Final Season Of The Walking Dead Providing A Satisfying Conclusion?
When Walking DeadWhen the comic was first published in 2010, both fans of the horror genre and those who loved it, as well as fans of zombies, flocked to their TVs, eager to see what would happen. They also wanted to know which characters would survive and where Rick Grimes would take the group next. It was hard to believe that not one television set in America didn’t tune into AMC every Sunday night during the show’s peak years.
For the first few seasons, The Walking Dead was all talked about on Sunday nights. The show was so popular that The Talking Dead had an entire talk show dedicated to discussing each episode. There is also a Con for all things Walking Dead.
There was a period of time where certain characters (like the new character introduced for the show that was not in the comic books, Daryl Dixon) were so popular, and the show had such a large audience that fans would pick their favourite character and say “if so and so dies, we riot.” People all over the internet would discuss what would happen on the show each week after the new episode would premiere and make all kinds of predictions about how the show would end and who would survive. The Walking Dead sparked many “would you survive a zombie apocalypse?” quizzes and articles online. The Walking Dead was a huge deal. Perhaps it did too many too quickly. Over the years, the quality of story and camerawork has declined from the show that once topped the ratings and views charts.
The Walking Dead was possibly the first to introduce a series of spin-offs. The creators and producers rejected this idea. AMC currently has two spin-offs and another one in the works. The creators seemed to be trying to produce more content to regain their fan base. But in reality, the forced effort and nonstop barrage of The Walking Dead content backfired and drove people away more.
There really can be too much of a good thing, but even looking at the main show alone, the quality in storytelling, dialogue, and camera work has felt forced and too preachy or monologue-y ever since about mid-way through the sixth season. The plot points were too complicated, and each scene was filled with a different character who recited a strange and stiff speech. Some characters, once beloved by their fans, lived long past their expiration date. The dull camera work and stationary did not add excitement to any scene.
There are also characters–like Morgan and Carol–who reached a point in the sixth season where the writers’ idea of character development was to have these two characters switch back and forth between two extremes, polar opposite personalities. Morgan’s “clear” and “all life is valuable” phases are two examples of characters switching between haphazardly. This show is known for killing its main characters in a way that isn’t satisfying, and it seems like the purpose of the story is to shock value.
Fans have virtually abandoned the show now that Rick Grimes, the show’s main character, is not there anymore. However, he will appear in three The Walking Dead movies. The 18-49 age group is very different, but The Walking Dead was once the most-watched television series of all time. The show was not worth the time after back-to-back seasons filled with nothingness. When the show finally got a new showrunner for seasons 9 and 10, things finally seemed to be picking back up.
The lockdown came, and everything was stopped. The Walking Dead announced that season 11 of its current series would be the final, regardless of whether it was due to this global event or a steadily decreasing viewership. The Walking Dead, The Talking Dead and three spin-offs are the only things keeping AMC alive. So, if the “final season” receives the viewers they hope for, would the show really end?
It is possible. The Walking DeadThe show will be suspended for a while to allow viewers to reminisce about the first time they saw it. This will give them the chance to let the nostalgia kick in. The only thing that will save the memories of the show is a break from the zombie drama. Fans will tune in again to see what happens if and when the show returns and where the characters last saw them.