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Love the show hate the show dismiss the show, tonight's episode was great. The show can now go in a new direction. Wow the next three episodes wow; and the next suspected villian is now a reality.

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Sorry but I disagree.  Last nights episode was terrible overall.  How Rick managed to survive from all that blood loss is beyond me.  I'm usually not the reality police especially for a fantasy/horror show but other characters within the same universe have died from similar wounds.

 

However, I do like the idea of a new time jump and that the characters are no longer tied down to Rick's storyline (or so I hope).  I could do without Rick's Annie Oakley daughter, though.

 

Since the time jump is supposedly 6 years into the future, I guess this means the Fear cast doesn't make it to Alexandria since the previews didn't mention any of them.

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I've long maintained that Rick dying was the only way to shake up The Walking Dead (i.e. the only thing that could functionally affect all of the characters and their power dynamics), but a time jump is just as good.  I'm still not gonna watch.

 

My favorite TV show time jump thing is Fat Lee Adama from Battlestar Galactica.  If they put Darryl in a fat suit, I might start watching again.

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1 hour ago, Balahkay said:

Sorry but I disagree.  Last nights episode was terrible overall.  How Rick managed to survive from all that blood loss is beyond me.  I'm usually not the reality police especially for a fantasy/horror show but other characters within the same universe have died from similar wounds.

 

 

Remember Glenn? Until Negan, he was literally invincible. I lost all interest in The Walking Dead when I felt like the writers were taking the piss out of viewers.

 

1 hour ago, Balahkay said:

I do like the idea of a new time jump and that the characters are no longer tied down to Rick's storyline (or so I hope). 

 

You know it's rough when they fucked up so bad they have to essentially erase years of character development and audience investment in the hope of finding a way to right the ship. It's sheer desperation on AMC's part. Last chance saloon. What happened with this show has to go down as warning, how not to screw up so monumentally with such a sure thing. I still find it head scratching even now.

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I can forgive shows like Battlestar Galactica and Breaking Bad for jumping forward a year or so for various reasons. It serves the story. 

 

Until this season, TWD only used small logical time jumps to carry us through winters between seasons (difficult to film in Georgia) or to speed up the long trek north to Alexandria. But glossing over entire years to move the story forward the way is cheap and reboot-like and I don't care for it. 

 

On one hand, after reading stories for months that Rick would be killed this season, to learn that's not entirely accurate should have come as a relief. But since I checked out months ago after the lackluster season finale and lost all interest in the direction of the show, it's just not enough. 

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Would've preferred Rick to have been walker-fodder (not that I hate the guy or anything, but at least have the balls to kill him off. They've done it with other pretty major characters, after all) and the current timeline to have been continued with, to be honest. But I guess we'll see what happens.  

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I'm guessing one reason they avoided killing off Rick (aside from having him star in a trilogy) is to avoid backlash.  It seems they lost a lot of viewership when they killed off Glenn in such a violent way.  However, that's how he died in comics as well.  I've heard rumors that the whisperers are going to kill off a few semi-major characters this season. 

 

Also, I believe the past episode was Maggie's last as well... at least until the actress comes back.

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I was hoping for some closure for Rick, but was also hoping that might come as an ending for the show as a whole too. To me, Rick and Carl were the central figures of the show and whilst I felt they handled Carl's death well, I thought this past episode with the departure of Rick to be a bit all over the place. The entire episode leads up to Rick's sacrifice and to not follow through with that felt like the writers weren't sure if killing him would be a good idea...

 

I'm torn, because I don't mind either scenario - that Rick should die, or come back to fight another day. 

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38 minutes ago, Balahkay said:

It seems they lost a lot of viewership when they killed off Glenn in such a violent way.  However, that's how he died in comics as well.

 

What angered viewers more? The fact that Negan killed him in the same brutal manner as the source material? 

 

Or the fact he was seen to die half a season earlier with the coward, only to cheat death and work his way back to the group, and then die as originally scheduled anyways? 

 

That will-they-won't-they-they-did was aggravating. 

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30 minutes ago, Arpy said:

I was hoping for some closure for Rick, but was also hoping that might come as an ending for the show as a whole too. To me, Rick and Carl were the central figures of the show and whilst I felt they handled Carl's death well, I thought this past episode with the departure of Rick to be a bit all over the place. The entire episode leads up to Rick's sacrifice and to not follow through with that felt like the writers weren't sure if killing him would be a good idea...

 

I'm torn, because I don't mind either scenario - that Rick should die, or come back to fight another day. 


I suppose I get that him being walker-dinner whilst being skewered on that rubble pile wouldn't have been what you'd call a heroic end, but him dying in the bridge explosion he triggered to prevent the walkers crossing it absolutely would've been. But no, they wouldn't do it.       

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