|Let's do this.|
Tensions became more and more elevated over the episodes with Rick and Co. trying desperately to figure out a way to stop the oncoming attack from the more well armed and numerous residents of Woodbury. This finale episode was primed to display their final showdown, and provide the battle that fans have been waiting for. The result, like many many times before The Walking Dead provided not a fiery/exciting conclusion, but something more akin to an overblown balloon let fly, quickly cavorting around the room while it farts away all the air inside.
The season finale only further addressed the problems surrounding this show. Problems that help to produce a show that often has characters who are so stupid as a service to help the weak plot, and a drawn out method of story telling that seems to capitalize on the dedicated fanbase of the show by drawing events out so far that they become ridiculous.
There will be spoilers from last night's episode, you are warned.
Before we talk about the problems with the show however, let's talk about what happened last night. Fans of the show tuned in overly excited to see the finale of the most impactful storyline the show has seen. Instead of this anticipated showdown, fans were instead delivered an episode where again almost nothing of real value happened.
Sure no name red shirts died, and more red shirts moved from the town of Woodbury to the prison, but what really changed. Andrea died, Milton died, but the Governor? Survived, and ridiculously so. The prison? Everyone still lives there. The showdown? Amounted to the Woodbury tough guys riding in and then when receiving the slightest measure of resistance, hightailing it like Usain Bolt on steroids right out of the place, without even anyone being shot at all.
They went there to essentially take the place over, and went so far as to bring not only heavily armed men but grenade launchers and mounted machine guns on trucks! What did they think was going to happen? That the prison dwellers were just going to stand there and let themselves all be murdered? The whole show story line pretty much spelled out to the fans that this was gonna be it. I guess the characters didn't realize it was the final fight yet.
Then came one of the most unintentionally hilarious moments that wouldn't be the last of the episode. The survivors in the prison managed to hold off the Woodbury attackers after a battle of about five seconds, and what do they say? We won! Oh wait, maybe we should go after them?
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!
This is the second time this exact thing has happened, the Governor attacking and then running away after about three seconds and you doing nothing afterwards. You have been talking about this fight all season, and it has all led up to this and you think you won? Pretty sure that nobody even got shot, not even a close one! Maybe we should go after them? Of course you should you idiots! The whole point of this was for you to fight them and beat them! That is bad writing. Just plain awful. A cheap ploy by the show runners to create false tension and then have a little bit of non-impactful action to keep you watching.
Let's move on to another unintentionally hilarious moment. The Governor and his forces are proven to be incredibly ridiculous sissies as they run away after about 10 shots are fired their way, despite overwhelming numbers and firepower. After stopping down the road the Governor finds his makeshift army of regular folk unwilling to mount another attack against the threat of being shot. So what does this hilariously mustache twirling type psychopath do to let out his anger?
|Just in case you didn't know I have an eye patch to show I am mean!|
He (single-handed) guns down about 30 people (who happen to be armed.) Now I am not saying that someone should have shot him, in fact in the face of power many people often follow orders and are hesitant to challenge that authority, even when it means death. I realize as well, that the people were mostly regular townsfolk that weren't too keen on killing. However, I would bet money that each and everyone at home who watched that scene was saying to themselves: "Why doesn't someone shoot this asshole?" Why did no one shoot him? Because he has to be around for season 4 of course! So that the people who make this show can keep viewers coming back by teasing his death. No one shot him, and the person who has been the whole impetus to this entire season is not even given a wrap up. We left him there in his pickup truck and never see him again till October, I guess he drove off into the sunset?
This isn't the first time that this show has continued to use a theme to stretch out storylines to the point of ridiculousness (not to mention this season was broken up in two to make more money.) Longtime fans of the show will remember the weekly lament of season 2 where the entirety of the show was spent on Herschel's farm, AKA the place where nothing happens. It even became a running joke and internet meme, where fans campaigned to get the survivors off the farm.
|Windmills, plentiful. Plot development, nowhere to be found.|
Fans and critics alike rejoiced when finally after 10 episodes the survivors made it off the farm and some things that actually affected the characters happened. Well really two things, Shane dying and the infamous "Ricktatorship" moment where Rick took charge. Fans were even more happy with the change in scenery to the prison, and the addition of new characters and adversities. However, it would not be long again before the show slid back into that seemingly inevitable rut.
The Walking Dead is a show that has had numerous and well documented trouble on the production side, with not one but two showrunners being fired during production over creative disputes about the show and it's direction. Furthermore were reports that filming season 3 had fell plague (no pun intended) to shutdowns on the set, over these disagreements. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that a show that is unsure of where it wants to go creatively could spin it's wheels here and there to buy time to figure that out. After all, not like that is an important thing to figure out, just that it IS THE WHOLE POINT OF TELLING A STORY.
The Walking Dead has been approved for now a fourth season, and is an increasingly interesting phenomenon. A very rare, perhaps singular show in the fact that it is so popular amongst the audience and fanbase, yet so troubled behind the camera. This show is not going anywhere soon, as it has become one of the most popular hits for the network, and is in good company with fellow network hits like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, commercially at least if not critically.
I am a fan of both the show and the comic book, and am going to stick around to see what is in store for Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and even the Governor. I just sincerely hope that whatever it is, it doesn't take place after 15 more episodes on a farm somewhere. Hey if anything though, the season finale gives way to the premiere of a real show....
|No zombies here, just booze and adultery, and a whole lot of both.|