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A mass exodus from The Walking Dead?

Discussion in '7x01: The Day Will Come When You Won't Be' started by Mousey, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. winter

    winter Slopping Pigs

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    I did the same! Baelfire was an excellent character but I hear that show is still growing strong - those CaptainSwan shippers really took over that show.

    My friend who introduced me to The Walking Dead has quit the show. I can understand people who have quit, especially if their favourite character was killed. I think Glenn being one of the victims was especially upsetting because he was such a sweet character, people loved him and Steven Yeun portrayed him wonderfully. If I had to choose characters in the show whose departure would cause a mass exodus in viewers, Glenn would have been in my top 4 (Rick, Michonne and Daryl are the others). Whether it's a temporary decline in viewers would depend on the quality of the show going forward. Only time will tell.

    Although its a violent show by nature, I also understand why some people quit due to the violence. People-on-people violence is harder to watch than zombie violence because it's realistic and that's uncomfortable. What I don't understand is people who insist on watching this show with children? I remember seeing a picture at one of the cons of a 5 year old dressed like Negan. People were like aww, but I was like huh?!

    I don't think the show is nihilistic. Melissa Mcbride put it perfectly when she said recently that the show questions what it is to be human, and asks why people strive so much in a seemingly hopeless world. As interesting as I find that, I feel like there have been way too many gimmicks recently, especially last season. This is an unpopular opinion, but I feel like the closest the show came last season in terms of solid writing and being true to its intelligent themes last season was episode 4 - the Morgan episode.

    I will continue to watch, I still think it's a great, if uneven show. These days there are plenty of better written shows out there, but I am very attached to these characters like no other show. However, if they ever get rid of Michonne...:michomg:.
     
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    This is why I thought the Shane character was really well written - I know a few potential Shanes given the right apocalyptic conditions!
     
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    ReeciePiecey Nestled in Rick's Beard
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    As far as the violence it was quite different than whats been shown in the past. We have seen a boy almost raped, but we didn't see penis or his bare butt or any of that it was just implied. When Lizzie and Micah died we saw the aftereffects and the before effects. We see zombie on human violence all the time as it takes place but we rarely see the actual act of human on human violence as it takes place. We see the action or the after effect. When we see the action its removed from the person. For example we saw Rick chop off Hershel's leg but only the leg was in the shot, not Hershel. Then they switch to a shot of Hershel's face, no leg. We saw Carl's missing eye immediately after he was shot. Beth's head reacting to the bullet but only the back of her head.

    These are all ways that directors show violence while distancing the audience from what is actually happening. When its someone less central to the show they generally are more aggressive with showing violence against them because we are not connected to those people. But we didn't see Rick chop away at Garrett, we saw him making motions and blood flowing. Now compare that too what took place on Sunday. It was quite different than how deaths have been portrayed previously.
     
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    I know a couple of people who turned the TV off in the middle of the episode because it was too much. I don't know if they will tune back in but they were done for that night. I have a friend who says if this is the way the season will go, he has no interest in staying around for torture porn so he will stop watching.

    I'm taking a bit of a break. I will watch if I hear something interesting happens, but I'm not going to invest for a couple of weeks. I have not been this disturbed by something that happened on screen since American History X. It took me about two weeks to get the curb scene out of my head.