I’m going to be talking about The Walking Dead season 6 finale in all of its rage inducing glory, so if you continue reading, please be aware!
Wow. I just finished watching the season 6 Walking Dead finale and I am so unimpressed at the moment.
Twitter erupted earlier today after fans saw the season finale, with the majority of fans feeling ripped off, and calling out the writers for lazy scriptwriting. Normally I am really kind about these things as well, but I actually agree with what people are saying in this case. I hate that I agree, but really… I felt like I didn’t get what I needed from this episode.
Did the episode do what they intended? Yeah, I guess so – cause I’ll definitely be watching season 7 to find out what happens. Was it a satisfying episode? Hell no. Let me talk about what went well and what didn’t go so well.
There was so much time wasted. We get it, the RV was blocked in and they couldn’t find a way to escape. But they kept drumming that in time and time and time again, just so we got the clues. Every turn the RV took there were more Saviours there ready to take aim. Love the idea of it, but I didn’t need it iterated so many times.
The cast are absolute troopers. They deserve so much respect for this scene. I don’t know if it’s true or not (I can’t find anything to corroborate this), but people are saying this scene took 15 hours to film. If that is true, then holy shit, well done. I have read interviews from the cast where several of them said after reading the script they didn’t want to come into work that day. Melissa McBride said she couldn’t talk after reading the script. Andrew Lincoln was late to set that day, putting off the scene after saying it stopped him from sleeping and made him sick to his stomach. So no matter how you feel about the episode, I’ll never say a bad word about that cast, because it’s a cast with heart.
The scenes with Morgan and the horse felt insignificant. I know they were trying to set something up with the strangers they met, and I can see they were trying to paint Morgan as this knight in shining armour, killing for Carol… but it just felt really in appropriate for this to be happening in the finale. Unless I am missing something here. It was just weird.
This just makes me sad. But I am not going to complain about it because the thing about The Walking Dead is that nothing is ever guaranteed, and harm or death can come to our favourites at any time. I love Carol, but they showed that she’s not impervious to danger either.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is brilliant as Negan. I can’t fault him really, even when he used the words “pee pee pants”. Forgiven. His monologue was creepy as hell and had my heart racing. He is menacing and deliberate and I loved it. Coupled with the amazing acting (again) by the rest of the cast who genuinely look distraught and this was such a powerful scene.
This end scene was not cool. Hey, I love a cliffhanger a lot. I may not like them at the time but I get when they’re trying to get us to commit to a new season. I understand what they were trying to do here. But come on guys… you have to give us something a little more than this. To me, this felt lazy. We invested 88 minutes to this show to not get anything at the end of it. Maybe I sound like a spoilt child, but I expect a little bit more from a season finale. Even if I’d known who was being hit without knowing if they live or die – THAT would have been enough. But it just felt like a bit of a cop out to end things like that when our adrenaline is pumping with no answers.
Okay so at the risk of sounding like a hater, that’s pretty much all I have today. Honestly, this is my favourite show and I never have a bad word to say about The Walking Dead, so today is a special occasion you could say.
What do you guys think? Were you disappointed too, or did you like the ending?
Melissa / holybatgirl