I loved The Walking Dead for a long time. It was brilliant story telling mixed with gore and violence and love and despair. And now, the ratio is off. It’s turned to so so story telling, poor use of characters and elongated episodes to show that they can get you to watch it for that much longer.
I enjoy the acting, the actors pour their hearts into their parts and I genuinely appreciate what they do for the show. Unfortunately they are being misused with off beat stories and far too much screen time per episode.
The format that is being utilized this season, season 7 is awkward at best. The premier had me hooked, loved it, loved seeing Negan and the groups interact and loved the episode. Episode 2 I told myself was a nice palette cleanser and a great introduction to Ezekiel. By the time I was halfway through the lets watch the ratings spike by putting Daryl in gray sweats and make him look extra nasty episode ( I’ll have a whole other paragraph for that craziness) I had lost virtually all interest in what’s happening. It’s almost as though they take so much pride in the story that they forget to move the story forward at a pace that continues to be exciting and fun.
That brings me to Daryl. I don’t get it. I keep seeing things about how if Daryl dies that fans will riot. I see woman swoon over him, I see people constantly posting pics and talking about the dirty things that they would do to him. I like Norman Reedus, I truly do. Boondock Saints is one of my all time favorite movies. What I don’t get is this attachment to the character of Daryl Dixon. Maybe it’s just because I’m not a woman or attracted to men that way but I have grown to dislike his character in a way that I cheered when he punched Negan because I thought that there was a chance Daryl would get the bat instead of Glenn.
In closing, I will watch again when I hear that there was a good episode but I’m done with watching every week. I keep tuning in and keep getting disappointed. Maybe they will look at how a few other shows move their stories along and take some pointers, then I’ll be back.