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Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Ross Marquand as Aaron - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The Walking Dead Midseason 7 Finale Review

Negan Makes Himself at Home in Alexandria in the Walking Dead Midseason 7 Finale

Carl, pass the rolls… please.

Season 7, Ep. 8: ‘Hearts Still Bleeding’ | Aired Dec 11, 2016

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Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) with his classic clean shaven appearance from the book.
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The Walking Dead Midseason 7 Finale Review
by TS Alan

Season 7’s midseason finale didn’t finish with a cliffhanger that most fans have come to expect. All-in-all it was a bit of an anti-climax, but in exchange fans got a lot of resolution to subplots. Some of these subplot conclusions tie into the comic, while others are strictly contained within the television show.

So what did we get and ho will it effect the remainder of the season? Let’s start with the death of Spencer Monroe. Almost identical to the comic, except without the pool table, Spencer’s death paralleled The Walking Dead comic book issue #111. Most fans are probably happy to the conniving, self-serving little weasel got what he had coming to him for attempting to get Negan to oust Rick. And by now most viewers know that Negan doesn’t play those kind of games. This is also a clear statement from Negan that Rick will remain as leader unless someone has the “guts” to kill Rick them self and assume the role.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Austin Nichols as Spencer Monroe.
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The character of Olivia in the television series is vastly different than that of her counterpart in the comic. Olivia’s death is also different. It was a shock that Olivia was randomly killed in an act of retaliation as part of Rosita’s attempt to assassinate Negan. In the comic she was murdered by Alpha of The Whisperers. Olivia’s senseless death in the television series appears to be the breaking point for Rick, who now understands that he needs to remove the Savior threat if his community wishes to prosper and thrive.

Daryl. I think every fan by now knows that the Daryl character only exits in the television series. Daryl’s escape from The Saviors’s compound shows his resolve and determination to survive, and this will certainly be an asset to Rick in the inevitable “All Out War”. And after seeing Daryl beat the brains out of one of The Saviors, you know Daryl is wanting some serious payback against Negan.

Rosita Espinosa’s failed attempt at shooting Negan is a storyline only found in the television series. Her failed assassination not only leads to Olivia’s death, but also the imprisonment of Eugene. Though Eugene’s capture is different in the comic, the storyline does find a parallel with Negan using Eugene’s ability to manufacture bullets.

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Eugene about to be taken prisoner by The Saviors.

Surely fans were hoping that Rick would snap when he confronted Negan about all the death The Saviors caused, while he and Aaron were out risking their lives for the supply tribute they were collecting. But Rick only got a little testy, telling Negan to take his stuff and leave. By episode’s end what we got instead of a cliffhanger is a reunion at the Hilltop with Maggie, Sasha, Daryl and Enid, with Rick declaring his plans to work together with them all in an attempt to defeat The Saviors. No, it wasn’t a cliffhanger ending, but it was one of hope for our intepid band of surivivors that fans have grown to love. This also sets up an epic battle, known in the comic series as “All Out War.” And war it shall be when The Walking Dead returns on February 12, to AMC.

Negan Makes Himself at Home in Alexandria in the Walking Dead Midseason 7 Finale Carl, pass the rolls... please. Season 7, Ep. 8: 'Hearts Still Bleeding' | Aired Dec 11, 2016 The Walking Dead Midseason 7 Finale Review by TS Alan Season 7's midseason finale didn't finish with a cliffhanger that most fans have come to expect. All-in-all it was a bit of an anti-climax, but in exchange fans got a lot of resolution to subplots. Some of these subplot…

Review Overview

4 out of 5

B

Summary : No huge cliffhanger this time around, but an emotional trip just the same. This mid-season final sets up what is undoubtedly going to be an epic battle between Rick and Negan

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.