The nightmare is finally over.
A decision has been made to kill “The Walking Dead” flagship series, but the universe will live on.
AMC announced on Wednesday that it is bringing the series to an end. The show is set to conclude after an expanded 24-episode 11th season that will air over two years.
It it expected that the series will end in 2022.
Loyal viewers of the show won’t have to mourn the end too long, though.
AMC said it has greelit a currently untitled spinoff starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride, who play Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier. That show is set to premiere in 2023 with current “Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang at the helm. Kang co-created the show with Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of “The Walking Dead” universe.
“We have a lot of thrilling story left to tell on ‘TWD,’ and then, this end will be a beginning of more ‘Walking Dead’ — brand new stories and characters, familiar faces and places, new voices, and new mythologies. This will be a grand finale that will lead to new premieres,” Gimple said in a statement. “Evolution is upon us. ‘The Walking Dead’ lives.”
“The Walking Dead” premiered in 2010 and at one point was one of the most-watched series on television.
The Walking Dead was a fun show when it first aired, and stayed fun for several years.
Theoretically, it should have just kept on going. There is no specific reason that a show like this would have to end, as it wasn’t really dependent on any specific character. It was about Rick, sort of, but you can kill him off and replace him (which they did). It was a format where the only thing that should have mattered was the quality of the writing.
It turned into absolute garbage, a few years ago. I don’t want to be the guy who makes everything political, but the show basically collapsed into its own footprint like WTC Building 7 because of decisions to make it political. It became the most popular show on TV because it was not political, and was simply about old fashioned fun and adventure.
It should be noted that the writing got bad at the same time that the political stuff was injected into it, and not all of the bad writing was political. However, the two issues were clearly connected – probably, when they decided to take this political direction, the writers lost their inspiration. What was once a fun and creative zombie show became a zombie show.
The writers decided to have Rick, the main character and the white alpha male, have sex with a baboonlike female.
As a one off tribute to Planet of the Apes, maybe that would have been just a silly thing.
But no – they made the focus of the show this interracial sexual relationship.
By the way, it is not just political. This is also absurd. White male/black female relationships are the rarest form of interracial relationships. The most popular are black male/white female and white male/Asian female. White male/black female are about as popular as Asian male/white female.
The other thing that really showed the show’s decline also involved a black person. They introduced a goofy black “kang” character who had a pet tiger. Then they had the tiger go out and fight their enemies.
After the interracial sex bit, I kept watching. But as soon as they had a big fight and brought that tiger into combat, I said: “welp. I’m out.” I literally turned the episode off and never watched another.
Up until that point, the show had always been “gritty.” It was basically stuff that you could picture happening in real life, for the most part. The pet tiger going into combat turned it into a goofy cartoon show. Or rather, when you saw the tiger go into combat, you realized how goofy it had become.
Negan himself was actually a terrible character, frankly. It was too over-the-top and absurd. The thing with the bat, and all of these just purposeful gross-out shock violence scenes were just cheap, b-movie crap.
The actor was good and could have been a good bad guy, but the writing was just terrible.
Do Black People Ruin Everything?
The show always had black characters, okay – that doesn’t bother me. Black people exist in real life, and if there was a zombie apocalypse, I can see that you might have a few talented tenth black guys hanging around.
Plus, I get that black people are a part of the show’s audience, so they want to see black characters on the show. But do black people want to see a black woman having sex with a white man? Do they want idiotic kangz pandering with this stupid tiger?
Apparently, no one wants any of this, because the show is canceled, despite the fact that the property is apparently still popular enough to warrant spin-offs.