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 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.
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.
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.