The Good, The Bad and The Worse: The Walking Dead Finale
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Milton turning into a walker was fantastic. The opening scene, panning from the one eye of evil and setting up a scenario straight out of hell was even better. The rest of last night’s finale episode of The Walking Dead was underwhelming.
We had been given so much build up for a prison war for the better half of season three, then the Governor and his gang roll up to an empty house. I loved when they busted through the prison gates, blowing up the guard tower, entering the prison like it wasn’t a big deal at all. But where was the battle like the graphic novel did so beautifully. Why didn’t the Governor die? Why did Andrea, a heroine of sorts in the comic die last night?
Why did a group of 30 men and women leave the prison after Maggie and Glenn were shooting at them, failing miserably to take down even one person? Was that even a real scene? “We did it?”- Maggie, “We did it!”- Glenn. Ridiculous.
Moral of my story: some things are better left untouched. There was absolutely no need to diverge so far from the comic. To kill off a character like Andrea ruined the show in a way for me. The writers had been ruining Andrea’s character from the get go; blaming Dale for being alive, shooting Daryl, siding with Shane, leaving Michonne and sleeping with the Governor. The least production could have done was given her a shot at redeeming her character before killing her off. Now we didn’t see her get shot, and my last stretched hope for her salvation is that she wasn’t actually bit and the gunshot was for Milton. However, where would the writers of season four take Andrea? Is there anything left for Andrea if she is still alive? The comic Andrea will always be superior, and one of my absolute favorites. What a damn shame.
At this rate, the initial Atlanta group will be gone by the end of season four. How does that sit with everyone?
I have to say that David Morrissey was a gem this season and particularly, this episode. When he saw red on the road and killed all but three of his “soldiers,” he acted the part of a deranged mad man with perfection. I was so thrown off by that part and my stomach was in knots. Sick, twisted and brilliant.
Side note: finale’s like this need to be two hours, with the amount of commercials AMC crams into one hour, I felt like I had all of 30 minutes to take in way too much that was being thrown at me.
I love that Carl is becoming cold yet braver. I have faith that Tyreese and Michonne will become bigger parts of season four. I am anticipating the death of Philip Blake, also known as, The Governor. It sucks we have to wait until October, but maybe now I can retreat slowly back into the real world and become normal again!
That’s my short and not so sweet review. I watched the episode again this morning before class to make sure last night’s feelings of “meh” were still there, and they were. While I love what showrunner Glen Mazzara has done for season three, he skimped on the finale. Welcome, Scott Gimple as the new showrunner. Let’s see where he takes us next. The community? The cannibals? The hilltop? All I know is it better be good, there are a lot of frustrated fans this morning.