Shame on me for missing the newest episode of THE WALKING DEAD last night. Me and my MIDWEST WIFE held an impromptu TRUE BLOOD Season 1 marathon, and since THE WALKING DEAD has mainly consisted of ho-hummery as of late, we continued the marathon in spite of anything else.
For those of you unacquainted with TRUE BLOOD, season 1 is extremely good television. Same with season 2 and peaking in a phenomenal season 3 that pushed the envelope of horror in about every conceivable way. Although 3 was its apex, 4 was not all that bad and 5 just got sloppy. The sixth season of TRUE BLOOD will start most likely sometime in June and is most certainly a solid addition to the rotation. But last season faltered in such a major way and there has been a significant amount of drama with the showrunners changing mid-shoot… I can only hope that it gets better, but I have a sneaky suspicion that there might not be a season 7. Now Enough about TRUE BLOOD, let’s get back to the show at hand.
Ho-hummery turns into not-easily-digestible rehash in the pre-finale episode of an extremely uneven season. Granted a bad season of THE WALKING DEAD is still better than a ‘good’ season of fanboy slop like ARROW. But it didn’t need to be like this. Alert to the writers of THE WALKING DEAD: Your show is based on a comic book that just so happens to be excellent. Please stop ignoring it.
Let me ‘come at you real’ with this one: the first three-quarters of this episode is totally irrelevant. Irrelevancy is made even more maddening with the addition of not one, but two sightings of Ghost Lori. I literally yelled at the television.
Rick wants to give Michonne to The Governor, but then doesn’t. So then Merle takes it into his own hand (see what I did there?) but then doesn’t. And this literally summarizes the first 35 minutes.
Glen asks Hershel for his blessing to marry Maggie. He then rips a ring off of one of the female walkers and places it into Maggie’s hand to which she says “yes”. Worst proposal ever. I would at least have kept the ring on the severed finger to spice it up a bit. Stupid 20/20 hindsight…
Anyway, right after Merle doesn’t give Michonne up, he gets all schnockered and attacks the Woodburians who were ready to attack Rick. He takes out several of them before the Governor beats the snot out of him, bites off two of his fingers and shoots him. Just when I became interested, Darryl gets there to find his brother zombified and munching on one of the dead Woodburians. Now if we think back to Season 2, it played out the EXACT SAME WAY with Shane and Rick, only that Season 2 did it better. So Darryl repeatedly stabs Merle in the face and falls down crying. The end.
Previews show that next episode might finally be the big fight between Woodbury and the prison. Again drawing correlations between Seasons 2 and 3, we have a season culminating into killing off a zombified main character followed shortly thereafter by a big battle where the main characters find themselves out in the open and in a pickle of a situation. There’s my prediction.
Now knowing about the source material like I do, I need to chalk the season up to an almost complete failure as a whole. The first 3-5 episodes were some of the best of the entire series thus far. Then it flipped to a reverse “Walkers on the Prairie” (i.e. first half of season 2) when it ground down to a slow trickle up until right now. It’s a total shame when you realize the scale of missed opportunity.
I had higher hopes for this one that simply didn’t happen. “C” overall. As much as I hope for some sort of mind-blowing finale, I’m getting a sneaky suspicion that it might not turn out that way either. At this point, only time will tell. Godspeed, SCOTT GIMPLE. Let’s see what you can do.