The Walking Dead

I've binged this season over the past week after thinking I was completely done with it and low key how dare they turn things around so late in the game? The time jump was the soft reboot they sorely needed, and I'll echo what everyone else has said about the whisperers being... the most exciting threat since the actual walkers were the main threat.

I hope they realise it's time for the likes of Gabriel and Eugene to go rather than continuing to kill off characters like Tara, Aaron and Rosita who have shown promise but been sorely underused for like half a decade. I think the show has proven it doesn't need a lead and can operate with an ensemble, so as much as I like the character I'm not too worried if Michonne isn't sticking around.
 

Solenciennes

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I've binged this season over the past week after thinking I was completely done with it and low key how dare they turn things around so late in the game? The time jump was the soft reboot they sorely needed, and I'll echo what everyone else has said about the whisperers being... the most exciting threat since the actual walkers were the main threat.

I hope they realise it's time for the likes of Gabriel and Eugene to go rather than continuing to kill off characters like Tara, Aaron and Rosita who have shown promise but been sorely underused for like half a decade. I think the show has proven it doesn't need a lead and can operate with an ensemble, so as much as I like the character I'm not too worried if Michonne isn't sticking around.

Yes to all of this - my main concern with the whisperers is that Alpha is just going to slot into the Negan role and grind it back into the boring dreck it has been. I don’t see how they can even avoid that issue and still can’t help but think they missed such a good opportunity to converge FTWD with the main show with Madison playing the role of Alpha and somehow exploiting the tensions between the different communities that now exist. If only...
 
Yes to all of this - my main concern with the whisperers is that Alpha is just going to slot into the Negan role and grind it back into the boring dreck it has been. I don’t see how they can even avoid that issue and still can’t help but think they missed such a good opportunity to converge FTWD with the main show with Madison playing the role of Alpha and somehow exploiting the tensions between the different communities that now exist. If only...
Yeah it'll be interesting to see where things go now they've been properly revealed, they can hang onto the is-it-a-walker-or-human factor for a bit, but that'll get old soon enough. I dont know the comic story for Alpha etc, but regardless staying faithful didn't work for Negan. I actually think they could've dragged the reveal out a little while longer, but I do get a sense of confidence with this season so I'm willing to stick with things for now in the hopes they know what they're doing. That said, once they're done with the whisperers I'm not sure where they could go next without recycling stories.

I haven't watched FTWD since Madison died, but I'd rather keep the shows separate, the main show may still crash and burn but at least I'll have Alecia to go back to.
 
The baby scene in the new episode was genuinely the most tense this show has been in a long time, having Connie in the corn field with very limited hearing raised the stakes in a way the show hasn't been able to do with regular walkers for a long time. That section of the episode alone gives me faith they'll be able to keep the whisperers genuinely disturbing, even now they've been revealed.

Honestly I could watch this show focusing on Hilltop alone at this point. I'm still so mad it's reeled me back in like this nn.
 

Solenciennes

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The baby scene in the new episode was genuinely the most tense this show has been in a long time, having Connie in the corn field with very limited hearing raised the stakes in a way the show hasn't been able to do with regular walkers for a long time. That section of the episode alone gives me faith they'll be able to keep the whisperers genuinely disturbing, even now they've been revealed.

Honestly I could watch this show focusing on Hilltop alone at this point. I'm still so mad it's reeled me back in like this nn.

Were you also fooled into thinking Carol had finally done something about her hair only for it to be revealed as a flashback and feel a bit disappointed ffff
 
I haven't watched FTWD since Madison died
Oh damn, I'm on season 3 so I didn't know this, she is my favourite on the show at the moment.

Regarding the current season of The Walking Dead, I'm glad they've managed to turn it around, the whisperers had me so excited to discover what was going on. I haven't been this hooked since Terminus.
I even liked Alpha and Lydia's backstory, which is quite rare as I find they do these kind of episodes just after a major cliff hanger.
 
I love this show again. That episode! I was on the edge of my seat when the baby was crying - so tense. Alpha intrigues me so much, I can't wait to see more of her. Can it be next week already please?
 
AMC has confirmed that it is in "active development" of a new Walking Dead spinoff series, which will be the third show in the franchise, alongside the main The Walking Deadseries and Fear The Walking Dead.

The announcement was made during AMC Networks' quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts. Here's what AMC COO Ed Carroll revealed:

“We’re not at a stage where we’ll be announcing its plans to premiere,” Carroll said. “But we have hired creative people that have pitched story outlines. We feel very good about the development of that series. We’re not in a position to talk about partnerships in terms of other territories or ancillary windows, other than that there’s a healthy appetite for it and we’ve had a number of conversations with a lot of players in the space.”

It's not all that surprising to hear AMC trying to open up a new avenue for The Walking Dead to continue; the main series has seen its two main characters Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) Grimes both leave the series; Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has stepped away for the foreseeable future; Jesus (Tom Payne) just opted to be killed off; Michonne (Danai Gureria) will also be stepping away in season 10; with rumors of other cast members also looking toward the exit. Despite all that, the show is currently enjoying its most critically-acclaimed season (according Rotten Tomatoes), and still has a loyal fanbase that makes it a major cable TV contender.

There's also more exciting "event" content on the horizon, including Andrew Lincoln's return in AMC's planned Walking Dead movies, and the main series once again having a major crossover with Fear The Walking Dead. So while the main show seems to indeed be losing steam, it's just as arguable the franchise, overall, is just starting to branch out.

Carroll addressed the question of how The Walking Dead franchise is aging, stating:

“We are well aware that when a show has been around for nine years, you would expect viewership to be declining, but I think we’ve managed that and managed that well,” Carroll said. “When The Walking Dead is no longer part of the channel, I think that will have more of an impact on revenue than on [income] because generally expenses go up as the seasons continue and viewership declines. That’s just a general pattern with any show that’s been around as long as The Walking Dead has.”

The Walking Dead has since been renewed for a tenth season. New Season 9 episodes premiere Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.
https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2019/02/28/the-walking-dead-new-spinoff-series-show-amc/
 
They should try doing a spin-off set in another country, or one to do with the government responses to the virus. I’m a little tired of the bad guys vs good guys + zombies.
 

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