The Best Villain in TV History
- Negan is without doubt the best villain in the history of TV. If he had not appeared I suspect The Walking Dead would have sputtered down to cancellation.
- As it is the series has meandered in assorted directions unsure where to go and gotten lost in side stories about 3rd level characters in order to save on salary costs.
- The season finale played it safe. Though a fairly standard season ending the series is still better than 80% of the crap on TV. Maybe 90%.
- Even in its weakened state as long as Negan is on the screen there is some damned fine acting going on. Negan survived the season finale. I am looking forward to his return.
At long last, The Walking Dead has arrived at the conclusion of the Negan saga. Over the past few weeks, the show has displayed a level of unpredictability that would have seemed impossible back at the season 7 premiere. That’s when Glenn was killed off and the show began feeling shackled by its comic book source material. Now, nearly two seasons later, the cheap character deaths and gimmicky cliffhangers have all but disappeared as more momentous world-building, narrative closure, and character explorations have taken center stage. Perhaps not surprisingly, the show’s ratings have responded accordingly.
But last night’s season finale, “Wrath,” fails to build on that creative momentum. The episode may ultimately be a satisfying episode of television, but aside from a few minor curveballs it plays things safe, and it takes almost all of its cues from writer Robert Kirkman’s comics storyline. In that sense, the TV show’s version of the Negan saga ends the same way that it began: resigning itself to mediocrity by focusing on telling someone else’s story.
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