Rick inadvertently causes a herd to attack Alexandria, leading to an attack by the Wolves and later an attack by a new group, the Saviors.
The Walking Dead (Season 6)
Developed by Frank Darabont
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun,
Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green,
Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson,
Seth Gilliam, Alexandra Breckenridge, Ross Marquand,
Austin Nichols, Tovah Feldshuh, Merritt Wever, Tom Payne, Corey Hawkins, Jason Douglas, Austin Abrams, Katelyn Nacon, Austin Amelio, Benedict Samuel, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Based on the graphic novels by
Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
The sixth season of The Walking Dead had spawned a lot of controversy and negativity from fans, some of it warranted and some of it not. Let's begin with the first half, which saw Rick and the Alexandrians facing a giant herd of walkers and an attack by the Wolves all in a span of about three days. I, for one, enjoyed the condensing, as it made everything really fast-paced and nerve-wracking. However, not all of it was groundbreaking. Now, The Walking Dead hasn't had a real solid villain for a long time now, though the future looks bright with Negan. The Wolves looked like they could fill the void left by The Governor, but any and all character development went right out the window when the Alpha Wolf (Benedict Samuel) sacrificed himself to save Denise (Merritt Wever), a woman he'd tried to kill just one episode prior. This proved that the Wolves were nothing but filler villains that could take up half a season before we finally got to the Saviors.
Then, of course, there was Glenn's fake death in "Thank You." While it was satisfying to see Nicholas die, it wasn't fair to longtime viewers to have to wait through several episodes to see if Glenn, a fan favorite, had died or not. It was a cheap trick to raise viewership and I'm a little pissed that it worked. Now that I got that out of my system, let's talk about the Saviors. These were a group of villains that comic fans have been waiting to see for a very long time. Their introduction was done perfectly, with their leader Negan being mentioned but never seen. He was described as an inhuman monster, a brutal psychopath who takes what he wants. The buildup to this crazy lunatic kept me on the edge of my seat, until we actually met him.
I will give credit where credit is due. Jeffrey Dean Morgan captured the nuances of Negan's insanity to the letter and I consider him the best thing about season six. I cannot wait to see Negan in full force in season seven. He will revolutionize this show. But, like most fans, I was pissed at the unfortunate way that AMC opted to adapt one of the comics' most iconic scenes. Negan's intro with Lucille in his hands was absolutely perfect, until he bashed in the brains of...who knows? That was the season six cliffhanger. A main character's dead, but who the hell is it? Yet another ratings grab from a show that really doesn't need it. This show is still one of the best on television, but if it keeps on pissing off its fans like this, it won't be for long.