Morning, my fine folks…
So, season 8B of the Walking Dead starts tonight. It’s gonna be a tearjerker, because Carl WILL die by episode’s end (the show’s taken a FAR left from the comics)…one of the last main cast. We’ve literally watched Chandler grow up before our eyes from a little boy of 10-11 to 18! That’s a heck of a long time to be a regular on a show, a long time to invest in a character. I wonder how it’ll affect Negan since he actually respected the kid. I’m thinking the actual war won’t be until the end of the season, so I hope there’s some good skirmishes to tide us over.
Now, I’ve read TWD get crapped on, because it doesn’t have enough walkers per episode, which, in some, there might only be one or two, but, people, TWD was never about the walkers. TWD has always been and will always be about the human spirit. Let me put this in perspective: George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (yeah, the classic) IS NOT about the dead, it’s about the people trying to survive, and how they go about doing it. Every other Living Dead has social commentary at its core. The same for TWD.
It irks me when I read people simplifying a multi-faceted project. I mean, it’s OK if that’s what you get out of it, but don’t dog on it for the simplicity that you see it for. Honestly, if TWD was just about the walkers and the blood and guts, the show wouldn’t’ve lasted. People get bored quickly. Look at the Saw franchise, everybody loved the first few, but it started to get old hat by the time Final Chapter rolled around. Jigsaw, although pretty good and turned a small profit, was barely a blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things. People have to care for characters for anything to survive past a season or two.
That’s why this opening season 8B episode’s gonna be so heart wrenching…we’ve walked Carl’s walk. Good luck in school, and everything else you set out to do, Chandler.
Be good to each other.