The latest episode of The Walking Dead’s sixth series aired on the 18th of October. Entitled JSS the episode answered the very big question we were left with at the end of the previous episode; who the hell set off that horn and why?
It wasn’t the horde of zombies we expected and actually turned out to be the wolves attacking the otherwise peaceful Alexandria.It’s been obvious for some time now that eventually the wolves (a group of savage people with ‘W’s written on their foreheads in blood) would attack ‘the group’ at some point and they’ve left a path of destruction in their wake.
There are some interesting theories, one that is particularly likely judging by the evidence we have so far is that Enid has all along been acting as a spy for the wolves, which would explain how they managed to time their attack to be right when the strongest members of the group (including Rick) were out wrangling zombies.
As interesting as all this is and as much as I want to see how it all unfolds I can’t help feeling pretty bored by the whole thing.
I’ve been a big fan of The Walking Dead since it first came out, watching it every week on FX, and firmly believed it to be one of the best things on TV. But that was five whole years ago, and five years is a long time. The novelty has well and truly worn off for me now, and five years feels way too long. They’ve exhausted pretty much everything and any plot twists now are just regurgitations of previous plot twists. It seems to follow this pattern where the group sets up camp somewhere safe and everything will be peaceful for a little while before a group, be it of zombies or savage people, invades, kills off a few main characters and leaves a load of destruction in their wake. Then the group has a long journey to find somewhere new to live, and then the whole pattern begins again.
I saw an article once where someone had taken the time to work out what the world would really look like during a zombie apocalypse and while I can’t remember figures, nor can I remember where I saw this article, they had worked out that the entire population would either be zombies or completely extinct fairly early on in the series given the population of that particular area of the US and subtracting the average amount of zombies vs survivors, or something like that. So basically in a nutshell there is no way that at this stage, five years in to the zombie apocalypse, there would still be hordes of hundreds of zombies still in existence. Granted the realism doesn’t really matter; zombies aren’t even real anyway, but it does make The Walking Dead in all its 5 long seasons look incredibly dragged out and long winded.
A lot of TWD fans came into it late, I know of many people who are big fans but cottoned on only recently, therefore they’ve no doubt watched all four seasons in a short space of time, in time to watch the fifth, and as a result they probably aren’t as bored of it as I am, although I’d be interested to hear from others who have been watching since 2010 to see if it’s just me!
Every series follows the same pattern and no matter how many plot twists and shocking narratives they try to throw in it never quite hits the spot. Yes it’s still quite an entertaining watch but it’s definitely lost its spark for me. We have a handful of characters left that have been in it since the very beginning, so a lot has changed since the start and many new faces have joined, but I’ve been thinking the same thing since season 3; they need to start being more ruthless with who they kill off, or they’re going to lose my interest entirely.
They’re following the comics so I suppose the series will go on as long as the comics do but sometimes you have to draw a line. It’s got to a point where it feels like they’re dragging it out for the sake of it, probably to keep the money rolling in thick and fast, when really someone needs to get ruthless and bring it to a satisfying end before those of us who have been watching since 2010 get so bored we give up before it’s even finished.
While I can agree that the series is full of lots of big events that are shocking and bloody and really have an impact on the story and the characters, it’s nothing we haven’t already seen before. The attack in the latest episode was brutal but we’ve seen all that shit before. Hopefully with the attack coming so early on in the series we could be in for some even more exciting episodes to come, here’s hoping!