The mid season finale has been and gone, but it just didn’t feel special, feeling more like the meh season finale.
Then when it finally came to episode eight, it was just another OK installment with fantastic visual effects that tried to mask a lack of story progression or any real substance for the hour.
Deanna (who looked scarily like the Cowardly lion – evidence below) the leader of Alexandria’s won’t be making any return appearances in the future.
But it wasn’t really surprising to see her getting killed off, and frankly, I kept trying to figure out which ancillary character would wind up dead for the hour. It wasn’t like the series was planning on killing off any of its big characters, especially considering it didn’t actually finish off Glenn.
Deanna was a fine enough character, but her getting bitten and then imparting advice before she died just felt like the hour was dragging out her death. I’m glad she got a few moments to bond with characters before her end, but unfortunately, her death just didn’t have a big emotional impact for me.
Rick managed to keep his little crew alive thanks to that handy trick of covering up in walker guts. (why don’t the characters do that more often?) which was cool callback to the first season.
Why not get covered in guts when going on a run for supplies? Or why not use it when working on that big walker parade plan? Or why not use it to try and take out walkers as they surrounded the walls before the tower went crumbling down?
Granted, Sam calling out to his mom repeatedly at the end of the hour might attract a walker to start a feast on some characters (though, again, I can’t see a major character getting killed), but could no one keep him quiet? Judith was quiet, and she’s a baby.
Then there was the Carol and Morgan battle that was unnecessary considering the chaos that was going on around them. Couldn’t they have settled the whole situation later? Did they have to get into a fight where the Wolf got the better of them and then be able to escape?
And why would Tara and Rosita give up their guns to him when all he had was a knife? Aren’t they trained in head shots?
I really expected a lot more from this mid-season finale. The visuals are always on point, but the story was so lacking, and any real urgency or stakes just didn’t feel there. There were certainly some cliffhanger-type moments put in the hour, but none that really had me intrigued to see what was next.
Now, that little post-credits prologue scene with Sasha, Abraham and Daryl that aired during Into the Badlands had me interested to see where that story-line was going, but it really just made me wish even more that “Start to Finish” was the part that was driving the series toward something and not just spinning its fancy wheels instead.
Overall this was just a load of balderdash, it just dragged along and didn’t have the impact it should have.
Well that’s the walking dead until February now, But if you still need your fix then look out for the upcoming webisode reviews:
Torn apart, Cold storage, The Oath and flight 462
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