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Since its conception, The Walking Dead has been redefining the zombie genre. To some, it created the zombie genre. In the days, months, and years after the fall of civilization, a small, savvy, desperate and disparate group of nobodies struggles to keep themselves, along with their hope, alive in the American south. Their leader, police chief Rick Grimes, is a stoic and determined man, who's seen the best and the worst in people. He'll stop at nothing to secure the safety of his family and friends. As the troop begins to adapt to a world inhabited by the walking dead, they soon realize that the true challenge of survival lies in the evil that lurks in the power-hungry hearts of their fellow man.
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In the season closer, the stakes keep building higher and higher as various tales from the season clash while the group executes an intricate plan.
A group of Alexandrians sets out on a quest to a distant community and one member is faced with a heartbreaking decision.
The Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone, with plans of taking more than supplies.
The crew scavenges for supplies; back in Alexandria, someone has to make a morally complicated decision.
An Alexandrian realizes they have to navigate the mysterious, confusing and horrifying sphere within the Saviors' compound.
While looking for a missing Alexandrian, Rick and his team confront a mysterious collective, its dwellers unlike any they have come across.
Rick and the team are led to a new community where they meet its inhabitants and leader. A familiar face shows up.
Negan's unwelcome journey to Alexandria carries on as other members rummage for supplies; things quickly spiral out of control.
A closer view of the Sanctuary and the world of the Saviors; members of Alexandria search for supplies.
Someone stumbles upon a new society different from anything known before.
Saddled with grief and surrounded by foes, members of the crew attempt to find safety at the Hilltop before it's too late.
The remaining members of the gang try to keep it together in Alexandria; they get a sobering visit.
A new crew of survivors seem to have everything in their impressive community; but, there is a price.
For many familiar faces, a new, well-established neighborhood appears too good to be true.
The seventh season opens with Rick and the group kneeling powerless before Negan and his crew. Negan's actions will terrorize those who survive.
In the season finale, Rick and the group venture outside the walls of safety to save one of their own. On the road, they encounter Negan, who issues them a brutal warning.
When someone goes missing in Alexandria, the community goes on high alert, and search parties venture out.
Two separate groups leave Alexandria for supplies, and while both worry over the future of the community, they will face immediate danger.
With no hope of security in Alexandria, Rick and his group of survivors soon find a bigger world with new dangers and new opportunities.
Rick and the group realize the only way to maintain the peace of Alexandria is to fight a new enemy. However, this time, the group might be outmatched.
While trying to escape Alexandria, Rick and his group meet trouble when sudden noise draws walkers towards them.
Trouble returns to Alexandria after a short period of peace. Only now, the danger may be too much to handle.
At last, Alexandria is able to start putting itself back together; peace is accepted between the two companies.
While trying to go back to Alexandria, Daryl, Abraham and Sasha encounter multiple obstacles and threats.
After a lot of stumbling blocks, the feel in Alexandria turns bleak for the sheltered inhabitants.
Morgan tells the captured wolf about his journey from King County to Alexandria, where he met a lone survivor with a code.
The group attempt to return home, but will they all make it?
Just as things start to get back to normal, the Alexandrians are faced with a new issue.
In the season 6 premiere, Rick and the others struggle to adjust in Alexandria. A new threat occurs.
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The Walking Dead's universe continues its annual repopulation.
Following a seventh season that parted ways with four series regulars, the AMC zombie drama has promoted Steven Ogg (Simon), Katelyn Nacon (Enid) and Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis) to full-time roles.
All told, the list of series regulars for season eight now stands at 19, with the trio joining Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carol), Lennie James (Morgan), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel), Ross Marquand (Aaron), Austin Amelio (Dwight), Tom Payne (Jesus), Xander Berkeley (Gregory) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan).
Read the rest of this article at The Hollywood Reporter.
The Walking Dead spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead premieres its third season this summer.
The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere took out a pair of fan-favorite characters as Negan introduced himself to the group as a man who means business. Both Abraham and Glenn wound up meeting Lucille as their brains were bashed in before their friends and family.
Before the season would end, Abraham Ford would return to the series for the Season 7 finale as Sasha's death neared and she remembered her last day with Abraham.
Naturally, Abraham's return sent fans of the AMC series to Fantasyland, hoping to see Glenn return for a scene or twenty with Maggie. As it turns out, Fantasyland might actually be a reality.
In a recent chat with TVLine, showrunner Scott Gimple revealed that seeing Glenn actor Steven Yeun on The Walking Dead is "certainly possible."
“I’d be silly to say it isn’t," Gimple added.
Read the rest of this article at Comicbook.com.
The Walking Dead reached its not so thrilling conclusion earlier this week, with yet another showdown between the Alexandria group and the Saviors. Rick and his team were prepared for all-out war when Negan and Lucille came a-knocking, but the action just kind of dribbled out over the hour. Rick was made to kneel once more, but it was in front of Jadis, the leader of the Scavengers, who all speak in broken English for whatever reason. In any case, their fight turned into a free-for-all when a Hilltop group and the Kingdom joined in, but Negan and some of his Negans lived to fight another day. Now it looks like the real all-out war will happen in season eight—unless of course, the time jump from the comics makes its way to the show.
Showrunner Scott Gimple tells The Hollywood Reporter that he and his writers have been eyeing Robert Kirkman’s leap forward in the comics. There was a pretty significant jump at the 127th-issue mark, which showed us that a real Alexandria Safe Zone is eventually established in Rick’s lifetime. Gimple would only say that they’ve been considering it, but neither he nor Kirkman would confirm its deployment, or how many years we’d skip forward.
Read the rest of this article at The AV Club.
The Walking Dead wrapped up its seventh season Sunday, with an action-packed finale where a CGI tiger mauled two Saviors to death as Rick and the rest of Alexandria finally clashed against Negan and the Saviors. It's an unwritten television rule that any effective use of a CGI tiger means said episode of television isn't a total disaster. So even though The Walking Dead didn't address Gregory leaving the Hilltop, or whatever Heath has been doing for the past half season (short answer: 24 Legacy), the series wrapped up season seven on an encouraging note.
But on the whole, make no mistake: This was the worst year The Walking Dead has had in its seven-year run. Critics weren't kind to the show from the outset, with two beloved characters beaten to death with a barbed-wire-covered baseball bat after an unnecessary cliffhanger at the end of the previous season. It wasn't that the moment itself was terrible — Negan's introduction is an infamous moment in the comics, and should be faithfully adapted — but the show lingered on the gore and glorified Negan's bravado. It was unremitting torture porn.
Now, it would be one thing if the critics hated the show but it was still a hit — look at, of all things, Netflix's Iron Fist. However, viewers responded to the dip in quality by not showing up. The series hit its lowest ratings in years, which is the first sign The Walking Dead might actually be vulnerable in the long term. In other words, AMC might've ended season seven on a promising note, but they've still got work to do heading into season eight.
Read the rest of this article at Mic.com.
The Season 7 finale of The Walking Dead certainly wasn’t riding on TV easy street on a Sunday that saw the return of WrestleMania, a steady Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS, the season-high-hitting Big Little Lies finale on HBO, the penultimate episode of Homeland‘s latest season and the series finale of Black Sails on Starz.
The nearly 90-minute “The First Day Of The Rest of Your Life” episode of The Walking Dead on April 2 snagged 11.3 million total viewers and 7.1 million among adults 18-49 for a 5.9 rating. While up 7% in total audience over its March 26 show and rising 10% in the key demo, the finale directed by executive Greg Nicotero dropped 20% in viewers and 14% in 18-49s from the Season 6 finale of April 3, 2016 – which saw double-digit declines from TWD’s all-time finale high of Season 5.
With all that competition Sunday night, the Live+3 results for AMC’s zombie apocalypse blockbuster might tell us the real reach of the April 2 season ender for the show based on Robert Kirkman’s comics. AMC should hope so: The Season 7 viewership and demo results are the third lowest in the show’s history behind the 5.97 million of the short Season 1 in 2010 and the 8.99 million of Season 2’s March 18, 2012 finale. Demo-wise, Sunday’s TWD is the third worst rating the show has seen, with the 3.0 and the 4.7 for the Seasons 1 & 2 enders delivering lower ratings.
Read the rest of the article at Deadline.
The Season 7 finale of “The Walking Dead” officially kicked off the war between Rick’s coalition and Negan’s Saviors. While this is not the first time we have seen Rick and his group go into battle, series showrunner Scott Gimple says that the stakes this time around are much higher for our protagonists.
“It’s essentially for the whole world as far as their experience,” Gimple told Variety. “It isn’t just their little corner. It’s the Kingdom and the Hilltop too. The Governor just wanted them dead. Negan would be happy if everyone was alive and well and working for him. There’s a very basic political idea at play here. They want to live in a fair world instead of having it just be Negan’s. To that end, that idea feels to me like the beginning of civilization is at stake, this new civilization they want to build rather than live this strange half-life serving a despot.”
Read the rest of the article at Variety.
We came into The Walking Dead’s season 7 finale on the brink of war. Rick was collecting both artillery and an army, while Negan was preparing counter-measures that appeared to include two former Alexandrians: Eugene and Sasha. Suffice it to say, we are no longer merely on the brink.
The TV adaptation moved firmly into the comic book’s “All Out War” arc as the battle was officially joined at Alexandria in the extended season-ender. And not everyone made it out alive. Following a storyline from The Walking Dead comics that involved a character named Holly, Sasha (who does not exist in the source material) was delivered by Negan back to Alexandria, but this time in a coffin. When the coffin was opened, she was revealed to be a zombie (thanks to that poison pill Eugene gave her) and attacked Negan, setting off a chaotic series of events that involved lots of gunfire, Rick being shot by Jadis, and Sasha ripping off the face of a Savior (but unfortunately not Negan).
While the Holly-turned-Sasha moment is a huge one from the comics, it was altered in several ways, perhaps because Fear the Walking Dead pulled almost the exact same stunt as the comic one in the season 2 episode “Captive,” apparently not even realizing it was something that came from the comic and might be used later on the original show.
“It’s just a similarity because I missed that issue,” Fear showrunner Dave Erickson told EW then about using the same bag-over-zombie prisoner delivery trick. “None of my EP partners mentioned that, so it is a coincidence. I guess it’s tricky when you’ve written as many issues as Robert [Kirkman] has, I guess it’s inevitable that there’s going to be moments when we echo something from the comic book, but it was not intentional, but if people want to take it as a homage, all the better.”
The episode began with a Sasha flashback to an intimate moment with the now-deceased Abraham that went back to the infamous decision to accompany Maggie to the Hilltop — a decision that ultimately cost Abraham his life. We got several more Sasha flashbacks along the way of both Abraham and Maggie, who also lost her love that same day in Glenn.
Meanwhile, Dwight convinced Rick and Daryl of his intent to help them take down Negan and the Saviors (as if it would ever be that easy), Morgan joined up with Ezekiel, Carol, and Shiva on their journey towards Alexandria, Jadis made plans to sleep with Rick, while Maggie weighed whether to put the Hilltop in the fight.
When Negan and the Saviors finally arrived at Alexandria, Rick and company were thrown by a devastating twist when Jadis and the junkyard gang turned the tables — and their guns — on the Alexandrians… which was almost as disturbing as once again hearing Eugene proclaim “I am Negan.”
Negan — the real Negan this time, not the Eugene Negan — then demanded all of Alexandria’s guns and lemonade, plus the pool table, plus Daryl, plus Rick had to pick someone to be on the receiving end of Lucille, or else Sasha would die. But after Negan opened up the coffin and zombie Sasha popped out, the Alexandrians had a bit of hope. Until they didn’t. And then with Negan approximately half a second away from introducing Carl’s brains to Lucille, the Kingdom and the Hilltop arrived to the rescue, pushing the intruders out.
The episode then ended with Negan telling the Saviors back at the Sanctuary, “We are going to war,” and Jesus and Maggie finding zombie Sasha in the woods, Daryl getting a “didn’t know” message from Dwight, the Alexandria, Kingdom, and Hilltop leaders together on a stage, with the final shot of Maggie holding Glenn’s watch.
Read the original article on EW.com.
Ratings for The Walking Dead were a little higher this week than last week. That's good news, since it suggests that the season-long ratings slide that the series had been experiencing is almost definitely over. But it's not great news because the series seems to have settled at a ratings plateau that's nothing to be thrilled about.
This week's episode of TWD drew 10.54 million viewers. That's up a bit from the 10.32 million who watched the previous week's episode. It's also the second time in the second half of the season that there have been week-to-week ratings increases.
However, this week's ratings numbers were still disappointing. It was the eighth episode of the season to fail to break the 11-million-viewer barrier, and it's still the fifth-lowest-rated episode of the season. Only three of the season's 15 episodes so far have broken the 12-million-viewer mark, and this week's ratings are off nearly 40% from those of the season premiere last fall.
The series faces a real test as it goes into its season finale next week. Every season of TWD thus far has experienced a substantial ratings jump for its final episode, and the much-maligned season seven is under intense pressure to deliver. If next week's episode doesn't break the 12-million barrier, it will have the distinction of being the lowest-rated finale of any of TWD's 16-episode seasons.
This week's episode of The Walking Dead set up a minor cliffhanger, but fans don't have to wait until next week to find out how it turns out. They just have to check out the promotional photos released this week by AMC. If the series' producers wanted to generate suspense leading up to the next episode, the network took the air out of their plans.
At the end of last week's episode, Sasha charged into the Saviors' compound, ready to take on the whole facility by herself. It seemed like a suicide mission, and the way the episode ended, we were apparently meant to doubt whether she'd survive the attack.
But then AMC released photos of Sasha in what appears to be a cell. The pics suggest that Sasha did, indeed, survive her unwise assault but ended up being captured by the Saviors. That's a bad situation, but at least we know she's still alive, at least for awhile.
In the end, it's probably better that AMC decided to defuse the cliffhanger suspense. TWD has gotten itself into hot water with fans frequently by dangling cliffhangers in front of them only to backpedal on the tension once the cliffhanger is resolved. If fans had spent a week nervously wondering is Sasha was dead, only to find out that, nope, she's fine, just like always, they'd likely have been irritated.
And TWD can't afford to irritate any more fans. Ratings for the series have dropped this season to levels not seen since season 3 back in 2012, and the producers should be doing everything in its power not to alienate the core fans who are still hanging around.
Thanks to glitches in data reporting from the Nielsen Company, fans who have been keeping an eye on ratings for The Walking Dead have had a long wait to find out how the series did this week. When the news finally came, it wasn't great, but it was a lot better than it has been lately.
This week's episode drew 10.68 million total viewers, up about half a million from last week. The good news is that the gain marks the first time that there's been a positive week-to-week ratings trend in the second half of the season. The bad news is the bump up is a modest one from last week's season-low level.
This week's thirteenth episode of the season still drew many fewer viewers than any episode since season three, and it's one of six episodes so far this season to draw fewer than 11 million viewers.
TWD was still the highest-rated program on Sunday, although the kiddie talent show Little Big Shots on NBC came pretty close to matching TWD's total viewership with 10.1 million viewers. NCIS: Los Angeles and 60 Minutes on CBS were not too far off, either, with 9.3 and 10 million, respectively. None of those series, however, came close to matching TWD's numbers among younger viewers.
The most active buzz around this week's episode of The Walking Dead concerns a particularly terrible CGI rendition of a deer, but the week also delivered some more bad new for the series. Ratings for TWD sank to a new season-low mark this week, and the show's audience is now nearly the smallest its been since its second season.
In a now notorious scene in this week's episode, Rick takes a break from zombie killing to consider shooting a deer. The sub-par digital rendering of the animal is of such low quality, social media immediately lit up with complaints from viewers who thought they deserved better.
If there's a bright spot for the show's producers, it's that relatively few people saw the terrible visual effects. Total viewership for the episode was 10.1 million, setting a new low point for the season and re-establishing the pattern of week-to-week declines that plagued the first half of the season.
Perhaps more significantly, the episode turned in lower ratings than all but three episodes in season three. To this point, it looked as if the series' ratings might be stabilizing around the level it enjoyed during the second half of that season, but the continued ratings declines are now threatening to put the series in territory it's not been in for a very long time. Not since 2012 has total viewership of TWD fallen below 10 million, but this week the series came within a hair's breadth of seeing it happen again.