Ennie. Meenie. Mighty. Mo. I wondered when Negan would show. Although, according to the ratings, not many others did. So, it’s finally happened, Negan has arrived, and it wasn’t that great. You knew they were going to drag it out to the last few minutes of an otherwise forgettable season finale.
Yes, I got that short of a few “F-Bombs,” Negan came straight from the comics. However, did anyone else feel the whole setup really killed a lot of the tension? This has to be the most painfully slow season of The Walking Dead. I get it, we’re preparing to say goodbye to one of the major characters (if you believe the comics, it’s Glenn).
The one thing I will not damn Kirkman and company on is the cliffhanger ending. I thought that was a brilliant idea. Until October, fans have something to gather around the water cooler and talk about. If you show who it is at the end, then you have fans of that character tuning out for good. You would give people like me, who isn’t exactly making it appointment viewing anymore, tuning out. Instead, you have guaranteed ratings, when they finally show the killing.
However, back to the season for a minute. As I said, I got it, we’re saying goodbye to someone that’s been in our lives for at least three years now. It’s not going to be easy, and the gang has been going through some major changes. However, it seems like Kirkman and company spent more time this half-season setting up trying to top season 5, which was a great season. Hell, the first half of this season was pretty good. I just have this feeling, they’re setting up things they’re not going to be able to deliver.
“Jumping the Shark” has been in the lexicon since The Fonz jumped a shark on Happy Days. I have this bad feeling “jump the shark” is about to be replaced with”swinging the Lucille.” It can only go downhill from the season 7 opener.
The Walking Dead will get at least two more seasons, but Lucille is coming. It won’t take more than one swing to axe the show.