The premier of season 7 of The Walking Dead was this evening and it surpassed expectations. Everyone was on the edges of their seats, jumping off their chairs, screaming, gasping, crying, begging for it to end, and begin for it not to end.
That’s it for the intro because let’s get in to the review and, it goes with out saying….
Since the end of season 6 fans have been hunting for answers. We knew Negan killed someone. Fans analyzed the scene, the sneak peeks, the comics and the interviews with casts. Theories were thrown around and argued. Recently, we started hearing rumors that it was two people. The sneak peeks were released and more analysis and studying. People devoted hours and hours to figuring it out.
Throughout this episode we continued the suspense for over 15 minutes before we received the first answer. Fans on Twitter were screaming. Some were even wondering if we would find out this episode at all. The multiple flashbacks that Rick experienced added to the drama, suspense and pure emotion behind it all. When nothing happened after Abraham’s death we all breathed a hesitant sigh of relief and then… Glenn.
Glenn was one of my favorite characters of not only The Walking Dead but of television as a whole. The suspense then continued with Carl and the potential loss of his arm at the hand of his father, Rick. I was in complete tears at this point and grasping a pillow. I think I can speak for fans everywhere when I say we all had a really high pulse this entire episode! It makes you wonder was precedent this sets for the rest of the season and future seasons of the show.
The Power Struggle
Ultimately, this episode was about power. It was about the fight for power between Negan and Rick. It was about Negan wanting to assert his power over Rick and Rick’s need to maintain power over his own emotions for the well-being of his “family”, if nothing else. By the end of the episode I was left wondering what makes Negan this way and what did he do before the zombie apocalypse. What makes a person grasp an opportunity to not only gain power, but also become sadistic and brutal? I believe this is something that will continue to develop throughout the season.
How will our group, our family, move on from what they just experienced? They have lost two amazing characters and one of which was part of the core characters and personalities of this show. Glenn was such an important part of The Walking Dead and of what made this show so amazing. The characters will need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move on from this in order to survive. Maggie will have the opportunity to move on and become stronger but will also have the opportunity to go the other direction and break-down. It will be necessary for her, and the others, to move on and stay strong, in order to overcome this adversary.
The group is facing it’s toughest adversary ever and will need to stay strong and together in order to overcome this toughest of tests. Picking up the pieces of what has happened with Abraham’s death, Glenn’s death, and Rick’s toughest choice.
Rest in Peace Glenn.
Rest in Peace Abraham.
You shall be missed.
It has been an honor.
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