The final episode of the seventh season of The Walking Dead was shown last Sunday (2), and now fans will need to wait a few months for the next one to start. The most popular drama on TV took us to surprising places, to meet new and exotic characters.
In addition, producers Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman brought a more penetrating focus to the hazy post-apocalyptic world. The series is no longer focused on the living and the zombies, and is now about heroes and villains.
Check out five things we learned from the end of the seventh season of The Walking Dead:
1) A war is not easy
This season’s storyline can be summed up in a single sentence: “Rick and his people find new communities, and slowly – very slowly – convince them to help them in their struggle.” But as the confusion at the end made it clear, even when the good guys succeed in assembling several armies, that doesn’t mean they’ll achieve anything.
Morgan is retreating into the wild, Gregory is leaking information to the other side, and the team has lost Sasha. On top of that, Negan did not suffer many losses. Rick thought his most difficult goal would be to bring people together for war, but now that he has started something that has no turning back, he can see himself burying the bodies of new and old friends.
2) Survivors (and the series) are better when different groups work together …
After a brutal and depressing opening of the season, The Walking Dead got back on track when it introduced Ezekiel and the Kingdom, which immediately gave the survivors a new group of friendly faces they could (eventually) join. The second half of the seventh year showed more collaboration than restraint, and it became much more enjoyable to watch. It is something that can keep the public interested during the six months of waiting.
3)… and yet everyone continues to trust Rick blindly
The protagonist hasn’t done many things since season six, and after being shown that Alexandrians can be guided by Maggie, Michonne, Tara, Sasha and Rosita, for example, it’s hard to understand how everyone keeps putting everything off for Rick Grimes. His mistaken confidence in the Waste Pickers almost became a fatal mistake, corrected by last-minute intervention by the Kingdom and the Hilltop colony. And their previous invasion of Oceanside could be another mistake, if the group rearm and choose revenge.
Rick has a good heart and good intentions, but his inattention to details and wrong decisions causes more problems than solutions.
4) Negan is defeatable, but “Neganism” may not be
Several episodes took fans inside the Sanctuary, and it became easier to understand how Negan keeps the Saviors loyal to him. He rewards the most useful, and offers a simple choice: they can live like kings, or they can be beaten in the same way as Abraham and Glenn.
The plan for the war to come is to try to end Negan as soon as possible, and hope that his ruthless and efficient protection ends with him. But it will not be easy to convince a circle of bullies to stop taking everything they want from the weak and defenseless.
5) It is difficult to see the direction of the series from this moment on, but it may not be so bad
Finally, we go to a recurring question from the fans, who believe that the focus of the series has changed a lot. For example, can you remember how many zombie attacks happened this season of The Walking Dead? Of course, there were a few, but most of the time, the monsters that give the show its name got a little out of hand, and TWD became a show that depicts tribes at war. And there is little reason to believe that Negan’s defeat will change much.
But that also shouldn’t be a reason to give up The Walking Dead. If producers Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman continue with the plot of the latest comics, yes, there will still be a lot of violence ahead. But this season made some detours along the way at key moments, especially the events at the end, which took a different turn and used different combinations of characters to reach the same conclusion as the comics.
The Walking Dead TV series has always been open to change if they add more drama.