6th April 2016
My thoughts on The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale
I watch quite a bit of TV but I'm no critic. Let's get that out of the way first.
Since starting The Walking Dead I haven’t found many of the episodes boring, out of character from the overarching story or frustratingly unnecessary. I feel that I’m one of a minority in this respect.
Based on the articles and social media posts I’ve seen over the last few weeks, the season 6 finale has sparked quite a bit of discussion around how disappointing the episode was and, actually, how the whole season was one big build up to nothing.
I disagree. Surprise, right?
Now, I’m not saying others are wrong for disliking the episode, I just don’t think it’s as bad as its being made out to be.
The season as a whole may have been slower paced than its predecessors, with only a handful of landmark episodes, but I found the story and character progression to be incredibly engaging. The fluctuating intensity levels between episodes seemed to be a great metaphor for how life could be surviving in such a world. Sometimes it would be slow and trudging, other times flying by the seat of your soiled pants.
The meat of the finale was a great build up and the final 15 minutes were incredible. Such great acting! Much wow! The final scene was perfect for keeping me sucked in and guessing what the ramifications will be and who will be affected by what happened. Yes, maybe the visual effects were a bit cheesy (looking at you blood spatters on the screen) but it’s The Walking Dead…there will be blood, what would you really expect?
Maybe I consume each episode in the same way a Walker takes in their surroundings; Unthinking, unblinking and without any real cognisant interest in anything other than moving images. But, hot damn, it’s a great way to enjoy the heck out of every minute of the show.