Walking Dead Creators Give Viewers Double Gory Death in Season 7 opener
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Season 7, Ep. 01 – ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be’ | Aired October 23, 2016
The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere review
by TS Alan
The Walking Dead season six finale episode, ‘Last Day on Earth’, left viewers with the most intense cliffhanger ever seen in the series history to date. Rick’s group was left kneeling before Negan, the leader of The Saviors, in a confrontation that was going to end with someone from the Alexandria Community bludgeoned to death by Lucille — Negan’s beloved barb-wire wrapped baseball bat. It was also by far the most talked about Walking Dead television cliff hanger in the show’s six year run. It sparked a social and news media frenzy of speculation on who Negan was going to kill up until the season seven opener.
The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere opener, ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,’ was certainly the most anticipated season return episode in the show’s history to date. Every fan of the show certainly had their opinion on who was going to be killed or who they wanted to see killed. Certainly fans who were familiar with the comic booked hedged toward Glenn, who met his demise in that fatal confrontation. However, The Walking Dead television series never does what is obvious. It is purposely filled with miss direction to keep viewers guessing and coming back for answers. This time it worked in a big way. And this time Robert Kirkman and Scott M. Gimple did something totally unexpected, and with it may have put the fans at odds with its creators. In the goriest episode of all time for The Walking Dead, and probably on any network show, viewers did not get one character’s brains beaten into pulp — they got two skull smashing within minutes.
First it was Abraham, who met the business end of Lucille. Abraham managed to spit out a final word of defiance before Negan turned his brains into mashed tomatoes. Though Abraham’s death was tragic to many fans of the character, as well as fans of Michael Cudlitz, a more horrifying death soon followed. Moments after Daryl lunged at Negan for what he had done to Abraham, Negan retaliated without warning by bashing in Glenn’s head, quashing any further possibility of defiance from Rick and company.
Yes, Abraham Ford is dead, and it is sad. However, he did live longer in the television series than the character did in the comics. Abraham actually died by an arrow. Shot in the eye by Dwight. In the timeline of the television series, this would have happened as Carl discovered his father and Michonne waking up in bed together. In the comic it was actually Andrea and Rick.
As for the loss of Glenn Rhee. Even though Glenn died in the comic much earlier than he did in the television series, it came as more of a shock to fans. This was because the creators had already tricked viewers into believing for several episodes in the previous season that Glenn was dead. So when it was revealed Glenn was still alive, viewers thought Glenn was going to be spared the fate of his comic book death. Boy, were they wrong. Glenn died exactly as he did in the comic, dislodged twitching eyeball included.
However, Gimple and company were not finished with torturing their audience. Negan drove Rick out into a walker area, and forced him to fight his way back to the RV only using a hatchet. Then with the same hatchet, Negan nearly forced Rick to cut off Carl’s arm. Negan only relented after seeing Rick was finally emasculated.
Maggie was the first to rise after The Saviors departed. She wants to kill Negan for what he has done, but Rick can not help. The leader and protector of his group has failed and there is nothing left for him. Much like how Kirkman and Gimple, have failed some of the show’s loyal followers. How much of an impact the two deaths will have on future viewership is still undetermined. What is certain is that Kirkman is being true to his word in regard to bringing comic book elements into the the television series, and to the fact that no character is safe in his post-apocalyptic zombie filled world.