The Walking Dead – ep 7.1 – Has it gone too far?

Unfortunately, the media had a harsh reaction to season seven premiere of The Walking Dead, some going so far as to suggest that the show bordered on torture porn.  I think intense and gritty and emotional are all fine words to describe this episode, and I would be hard pressed to describe it in other extremes.  On the other hand, I can understand that reaction.  Not much happened in this episode besides torture, mutilation, and murder.  

An overwhelming majority have decried The Walking Dead.  GQ called it a “chore” to watch.  Vox called it “dumb”.  IndieWire called it an example of the show “…at its worst…”.  UK newspaper The Independent described the episode as “too bleak to enjoy”.  IGN called it an “…uncomfortable crawl through broken glass…’  Ouch.  The AV Club said that the show “…had no narrative”.  USA Today wondered if fans will tune out.  Best of all, Forbes treaded the line when calling the show “exciting” in one breath and “tasteless” in the other.  All these guys don’t really know what they’re talking about.

From a narrative perspective, this show is merely setup.  Nothing happens.  That’s really my biggest complaint because I was expecting the violence.  I thought they’d kill Glenn.  Ho hum.  Try telling a story.  It’s too bad I can’t enjoy this show with my friends anymore.  I didn’t mind that the entire show was speechifying and masochism, but a LOT of people did.

Overall, I hate this episode for polarizing everyone.  It was interesting, to be sure, but now it has become controversal and hated by more people.  They can’t even tell a story, and have a character die as part of the plot, instead using death as a setup for a future promise.  I can’t tell you what that promise is, but I fear most people won’t wait around to see it develop.