'The Walking Dead' talks of a future and 'post Negan' apocalypse

Peter Castro
March 7, 2017

This storyline is different from Robert Kirkman's comics, on which The Walking Dead was based on.

The season 6 finale of The Walking Dead was a fairly miserable installment overall, as it saw the introduction of Negan and ended on a very controversial cliffhanger.

While Jadis agreed to still fight with Alexandria against the Saviors once they provided more weapons, Tara struggled with whether or not to tell Rick about her knowledge of the Oceanside community, who, as we know, have more than enough guns to go around. There's a moment where Michonne thinks Rick is being devoured by walkers. My favorite moment came when he left her to handle eight zombies so he could uselessly push a vehicle, and she was like, "seriously?", and he was like, "yeah, ride or die". She ignored his advice and shot at Negan anyway.

Rick and Michonne looked like a S.W.A.T. team moving from house to house, location to location clearing and scavenging for supplies. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's totally possible. Instead they have a move forward at all costs policy, possibly because looking back means looking at someone elses creative vision for the show.

They eventually make their way to a carnival filled with the undead, many of which are soldiers who have weapons slung on their shoulders (there's also a zombie chilling inside a small ticket booth, which is enjoyable). I mean, c'mon, AMC. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) has been pretty much the focus on the said episode, and he got intimate with Michonne (Danai Gurira). She goes to yell at Father Gabriel for trying to talk her down from killing Negan.

And because of his willingness to change, McDermitt thinks Eugene will make it to the very end. And as much as I hate to say it, Sasha hasn't exactly been a major player in season seven's storyline. Josh, what the hell is the point of Tara???

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The Walking Dead still has its problem with relying on new colonies. For one, she's extremely knowledgeable about the show, and she's not one of those people who goes on there or gives halfhearted answers to various questions. Constant stress and loss on the levels they've been dealing with isn't healthy, and a lot of people rely on these two to help keep things together. And it seems that's where her hope lies at the moment... but at least there's hope. "I can't lose you", Michonne tells him. It's about the characters we love the most, kicking Walkers' teeth in.

It's not that Michonne shouldn't be upset at the thought of losing Rick, but the idea that she'd simply let herself die if anything happened to him does her a disservice. Rosita then gives Sasha one of the guns that Rick and Michonne found. After almost losing Rick, Michonne has a moment of emotional weakness.

The rest of the episode has Rick and Michonne dealing with the possibility of losing each other after coming across a carnival-like area full of walkers and guns.

Rick and Michonne share a quiet meal together and discuss the future. Alas, the roof they are standing on collapses before they can try. They have sex. Repeat. The makeup on the zombie and his reaction to feeling Rick pulling him apart but not being able to get to him reminded me of the first zombie movie I ever owned a copy of, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II.

You'd think Negan would investigate - and he probably will. But the madness of Negan quickly put the kibosh on the afterglow, and in the first half of this season two people who had just found each other soon appeared like a exhausted old couple with serious marital issues.

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