The Season 7 finale of The Walking Dead, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life,” is not the end that some had hoped for, but rather the beginning of a new chapter. Director Greg Nicotero and writers Scott M. Gimple, Angela Kang, and Matthew Negrete take the viewer on a twisted path following a series of reveals, with an emotional ending that feels satisfying. “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life” looks back of the season and the series, yet the story leads to a new beginning— the start of a war we can expect to play out in Season 8 of The Walking Dead. Continue reading
In “Bury Me Here,” The Walking Dead begins and ends with Carol and Morgan. Both find themselves exactly in the positions they’ve been avoiding as the agreement between the Kingdom and the Saviors starts to unravel. Ezekiel has been desperately clinging to the arrangement with the Saviors in order to keep his people safe, while Richard has been looking for a way to undermine the one-sided agreement. “Bury Me Here” serves as the death knell for the tenuous peace Ezekiel had brokered for the Kingdom. Continue reading
“East” takes us on a journey through the fields and woods outside of Alexandria as The Walking Dead provides continued conflict with the Saviors. As Morgan tells Rick, “You started something.” The Saviors aren’t going to take the attack on their compound lying down, and they’re closing in on Alexandria. The Walking Dead shows us that while inside Alexandria residents may find moments of safety and joy within the relationships they’ve built, life outside the walled community is still the Wild West, putting everything they have created in danger.
“East” begins with moments of quiet connection, but ends with a bang. After Carol’s showdown on the road, we see scenes of Rick and Morgan tracking Carol through the fields intercut with the story of Daryl’s conflict with Dwight. The Walking Dead builds the suspense for the Season 6 finale by putting several characters in jeopardy while leaving Alexandria at risk for attack.
In “The Same Boat,” The Walking Dead focuses on Maggie and Carol after they’ve been captured by a group of Saviors. The episode was dominated by powerful female characters. Maggie and Carol find themselves facing women quite similar to themselves, but who took a darker, more violent path than their own. Both Melissa McBride and Lauren Cohan gave outstanding performances that showcase their characters’ strength and emotional vulnerability.
In “Not Tomorrow Yet,” the attack on the Saviors is discussed, planned, and carried out. The moral quandary of killing other humans hangs heavy throughout the episode. The assault is not without its complications, and the capture of Maggie and Carol throws a wrench into what had initially appeared to be a very successful attack. In “Not Tomorrow Yet,” The Walking Dead gives us an action-packed episode that also manages to be very emotional and thought-provoking. Continue reading