Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Walking Dead Problem

If you love TWD and the premiere, then beware because we're not going to agree with anything here.

Okay, so I just finished watching the premiere of the 7th Season and this is basically everything that has led me to conclude that I will no longer be watching this show.

I started watching during the 2nd season when they were back in Hershel's farmhouse. Back then, the show was about survival and was still pretty much in the childhood years so I forgave the repeating storylines.

You know:
The group seek safety.
They find safety.
Introduce the big bad wolf
Build up the tension between the big bad wolf and the group.
And they clash.
Rinse and repeat.

But now it's the 7th season and it's still following this formula. I don't read the comics so I don't really know where it's going so I rely on the episodes to tell me.

I know what the story this season is but I can't tell you much else about what's ahead. Because we have very little indication of what the arc is. Every good story has one.

Twilight: Girl falls in love with vampire but oh noes, she's a human and might be his next meal.
Harry Potter: A boy with anger and separation issues will defeat an evil dark wizard.
The Hunger Games: A very average girl takes down the big bad Capitol.

But TWD doesn't. A group of humans seek to survive in a zombie infested world isn't really much of a plot. Because we don't know if they will survive. They might all die. We have no indication that the story will come to a conclusion.

It reminds me of that book that gets really popular and then the author and the publisher decide to make it into a series to milk the cow as much as they can but since it was meant to be a standalone or they didn't intend on going this far, the storyline is all over the place and no one knows how to control it.

I may be wrong. There may be this big conclusion coming. But we're 7 seasons in and I don't feel it.

Is there a military safe zone? Did the Canadians survive and decide to let America rough it out for a bit and televise it for entertainment Hunger Games style? Is Mexico building a wall and making the USA (or what's left of it) pay for it? Is there a cure for zombies?

This is what I want to know. We still don't know what caused this. And it bugs me. Was it a virus? Did scientists go too far? I want to know facts about this world. I want worldbuilding god dammit. Because that's what you do with a story. You have a world. TWD dead is basically just torture + zombies + Bear Grylls drinking his own piss.

This isn't a story. TWD doesn't have a story. It has a formula. The story relies on the violence and the deaths. Too much has happened and not enough is being resolved. Deaths of main characters is not resolution btw.

I've just sat through an entire episode of torture porn.

I feel no satisfaction from TWD. A few seconds after Glenn's death, I felt indifference and skipped parts of the episode just to get to the end. And with a series I have watched like this, I've never done that, until now.

I waited all this time (I know it's not 13 years in Azkaban but it sure felt like that) for an episode that was really just filler for an entire season of a recycled formula.

I know there are people out there who say, this show is about people dying because there's no law and the world's collapsed. But look at it like this: The Simpson family is a big part of the Simpsons but if that family started dying off, would it be the same?

I don't watch violent stuff just for the fun or thrill of it. I lack psychopathic tendencies. So that's my problem. If there's a show that has violent parts then fine but when the violence becomes takes over the role of the plot, I'm done.

So basically:
- the violence is just there for shock factor and considering the horrors in Syria, I can't bring myself to see this as entertainment.
- the lack of storyline. no development. no over-reaching arc that defines the series. just nothing.
- no conclusion in sight (i don't watch tv shows forever
- main characters dying. one or two is okay but this is reaching Grey's Anatomy levels of irritating.
- we're not going anywhere. will they ever find refuge? will this zombie outbreak end? and why are the nuclear power stations not going into meltdowns? will anyone try to save the world?

I just noticed I let go of capital letters there.
And this is the end of my rant.



  1. I've never seen TWD, since I don't have cable, but someone gave me the first comic collection once, and I found it dreadfully boring. Not surprised you've been feeling similar about the show, especially with that kind of formula. And I agree, violence for the sake of violence comes across as very dull and lazy; there's no way for any of it to have impact when it becomes so commonplace like that. Anyway, sorry this show ended up disappointing you so much! It always sucks when a series does that after you've invested so much time in it...

  2. I didn't know it was a cable show. We have a Sky satellite dish thing and it's on Fox UK.

    I've not really read much of the comics, just bits and pieces of it.

    I just hope I find something to replace it because The Vampire Diaries is ending now and so is Grimm so I'm soon going to be out of fantasy/horror shows to watch. Do you know any good ones?

    1. I don't watch much TV anymore, and most of what I currently do lacks a fantasy element, so I'm no good for recs, LOL.


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