Would not want to see rick die, but also didn't want to see Hershel be killed off either. As reader of the comics and watcher of the show whatever happens I want the storyline not to follow the comics too much. Season 3 was a letdown in my regards because it was too predictable and took too long to get to the battle for the prison episode.
I have liked the second half of this season so far as we do get a true look at the destitute the survivors in the smalls groups living day to day.
Also one thing I never understood from the comics or the TV show is how does anyone in their right mind believe Eugenie's BS. If someone had contact with the government I would be demanding to get more info and I would not buy for a second any of that classified crap he spews.
For me they have just been nailing it every week in this half-season. I was a little worried when Glenn had to be a moron and venture into a dark enclosed tunnel and then not retreat when he saw the zombies (because it would have killed him to catch up to Maggie a day later, and also what if she went around and you ended up ahead of her with no idea of it), which led to his companion about to be killed in just the most retarded way possible. Thankfully that didn't happen, and by having characters actually die on this show, it earned Maggie and Eugene and company rescuing him in the nick of time.
The Daryl parts were good, and it looks like JD was right about Daryl falling in with those guys, because he went from not even playing the "claimed" game to jumping ahead of the other five. I didn't even realize they were pursuing Rick and now we have some foreboding to last the week, although it is going to cut Daryl's falling in with them short.
That brief bit at the end in Terminus had an element that heavily suggested that the speculation I saw somewhere about the place is correct.
Now that Glenn, Maggie, Southland, and Eugene have a decent-sized group, my hopes are that they will roll through Terminus before anyone gets there and continue toward DC in the spinoff show. I can live with that split, and I suppose they have to find Beth because too many established characters would be in the other group. They can't pick up Carol and Tyrese because those two have Rick's baby. I suspect we might not see Carol and Tyrese next week, as they do not have any hanging storylines.
Loved the finale!
Very good finale! Thank you Scott Gimple! Nice season - he knows what he is doing just like Darabont.
Season finale review: The Walking Dead - A: The monsters at the end of these tracks
Pretty spot on assessment. Can't really add much to this, except that I loved them Empire Strikes Back-ing things...bold move and I am sure a LOT of people are p'o'd right now...too bad.You can look at the way that "A" flashed back to the time immediately before the season premiere as Scott Gimple and Angela Kang shining a light on the year's big character arc for Rick, and that was a story for the season that pretty much had a beginning (Rick puts down his gun to become a farmer), a middle (the Governor's arrival forces Rick to reluctantly go back to fighting) and an end (more dire circumstances turns Rick into the man who could do what he did to Joe and his gang, and who can be that confident that he is going to mess up the folks from Terminus). But beyond that, this was a season that was all middle.
Maybe that's just Gimple trying to course correct for some failings the show may have had under Glen Mazzara, just as Mazzara had to spend the beginning of his tenure pivoting away from some of Frank Darabont's decisions, and maybe this means that next season — which in theory will be the first time the show will have the same showrunner for complete back-to-back seasons — will have more forward momentum. And as I've said a lot the last couple of months, the show did need some work done to shore up its foundation and make us care about what happens to anyone beyond Rick and maybe Carl and Michonne. Some of that worked, and some of it didn't, but the effort was admirable and probably necessary, even if it meant putting the larger story on hold for a while. (More ideally, a lot of the character work would have been done back on Hershel's farm, or earlier in the prison stay, but you can't have everything.)
Mainly, though, I'm hoping that now that Gimple has a full year under his belt, we can get an actual sustained stretch of "Walking Dead" goodness, rather than the fits and starts the show has worked in for pretty much all of its run. If it's the constant showrunner carousel causing that, things could get very interesting. If, on the other hand, it's just the nature of the material, then you have to be ready to keep taking the good with the bad.
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Oh wait...there was a shocking bit of darkness when Old Joe hinted, well actually pretty much came out and said, that they were gonna rape Carl. That was more than I expected and pretty off putting. Gotta give the kid some credit, Carl(the actor who plays him) is not the liability he once was. The 'I am a monster' scene with Michonne was nicely done. A real good finale' and I hope the optimism I have from Gimple's run continues.
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They stuck the landing, for sure. And to those who were disappointed there WASN'T a major character death and/or nothing was "resolved" at the end of the episode.....too friggin' bad. You're generally SUPPOSED to leave things on a cliffhanger, and that is what they did.
I'm glad there wasn't a major character death, in fact I'd prefer there wasn't any for a long while.
Pretty solid. The neck tearing with teeth thing was better in Black Sails, though.