The Walking Dead’s third series came to a rather disappointing end on Friday here in the UK. Everything was geared towards an explosive final fight between The Governor and the ‘prison gang’ but unfortunately it didn’t deliver.
This series has had its ups and downs and it has let go of several main characters, but it seems to be clinging too tightly to its protagonists and is unwilling to let any of them die for the sake of a bit of excitement. Instead the final episode fizzled out into an unsatisfyingly happy, optimistic ending.
David Morrisey’s ‘The Governor’ has been a formidable and unpredictable character throughout the series and his ruthlessness has spared no man, so everything was pointing towards a very exciting final episode with lots of blood shed. I was hoping for a few of the main characters to die in battle, if nothing else it would have made things a bit more exciting.
The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy are two long-running series that I follow closely, so it’s hard not to draw comparisons between the two despite them both being very different. They are somewhat similar in terms of the writing and the development of the characters, and I was expecting the producers of TWD to be as ruthless with their characters as Kurt Sutter is with his SOA protagonists. As sad as it is when characters you’ve grown attached to die, it’s sometimes necessary.
I think the unrealistically happy ending that we were left with last week has made TWD much harder to believe and to relate to. Personally I want it to be bleak and ruthless, not optimistic. There’s not much place for optimism in a world overrun by zombies and if you want a happy ending, a zombie apocalypse series is not the way to go!
It had an overwhelming sense of playing it safe, of clinging tightly to the characters instead of being ruthless. For me it was quite a let down…I wanted resolution to the story arc surrounding The Governor, ideally through a big fight at the end between the two groups, I didn’t imagine that The Governor would simply turn on his heel and flee the conflict when the going got tough and to me that didn’t seem true to his character at all.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire third series of The Walking Dead don’t get me wrong. I love the show and it’s one of the few series’ yet to completely let me down (unlike True Blood!) but I came away from the final episode feeling let down, there’s no cliff hanger to make me excited for the next series, nothing to keep me thinking about it…it was a very forgettable episode.