Final Thoughts From The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale

Synopsis: Alexandria, The Hilltop and The Kingdom find themselves on the defensive after the saviors escape and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) begins to carry out his revenge. The mid-season finale first aired 12/10/2017.

My Thoughts:

1. Are they seriously killing off Carl (Chandler Riggs)? If so, I can't say I approve of that decision. The show definitely needs to kill off characters. But, I would much rather see the series kill off Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and some of the older stars so it can phase in some fresh blood. While I, admittedly, haven't always been a huge fan of Carl Grimes, I do think his character had a lot of unfulfilled potential and, unless there's some sort of twist (such as him being immune to a zombie bite), he won't ever get a chance to reach that full potential.

2. This episode continues to leave me in doubt about Rick's leadership skills (and the generals that follow him blindly). You mean to tell me Rick attacked the saviors and didn't have some sort of contingency plan for if they escaped? Negan has always been a step ahead of them. Why would he just assume his plan would go off without a hitch?

3. Of course, I do have to question the decision to just flee Alexandria. Sure, it would make sense to have the children and those who were unable to fight escape through the sewer. But, you have a giant wall around the city for a reason and Negan's men were just standing there in the open. It would have been much harder for them to ram the gates/blow up the city if they were under fire.

4. Plus, once again, Negan was allowed to just stand there and talk when it would have been very easy to end him with one shot, especially since nobody seemed to realize Carl was on top the wall until he chose to reveal himself. You can't tell me Daryl (Norman Reedus) wouldn't have been able to silently take him out with his crossbow and the rest of the Alexandria crew wipe out the rest of his men in the confusion.

5. Another confusing part of this episode had to be Ezekiel's (Khary Payton) strange rescue of his people. He saved them by using a school bus. Yet, rather than having everyone get on board the bus and drive off while the Saviors were thrown off balance, they chose to escape on foot instead? That really didn't make a whole lot of sense. Even if they eventually had to ditch their transportation, they would have gotten a better head start.

6. I knew it was only a matter of time before someone would try to recruit the women at Oceanside. But, I don't know if Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) made a great first impression by starting their visit by killing their leader (Deborah May). I hope they brought enough alcohol with them to make up for that.

Final Opinion: I'm undecided about the actual episode because there seemed to be an awful lot of talking (and not as much action) but Carl revealing his walker bite was an unexpected twist. I am, however, questioning where the show writers are going long-term by keeping the same boring stars alive while killing off characters that would add some fresh life to the series if given a bigger role.

My Grade: C


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