‘The Walking Dead’ is back with a vengeance

In case it isn’t obvious: there are spoilers ahead for the season premiere of “The Walking Dead.”

This season started off with not one, but two intense character deaths. The end of season six had all of our favorite characters down on their knees at the mercy of Negan, a new addition to the story who could out-crazy any of the show’s past antagonists. The guy uses “Eenie, meenie, miney, mo” to decide who he’s going to kill.

So, after seven months and 20 days of waiting, the audience had to wait until halfway through the episode to find out who died.

The first half of the episode follows Rick and Negan, as Negan establishes his place as the one and only leader.  After that, we see a flashback to the character death that everyone had been anticipating. Unfortunately, actors Michael Cudlitz and Steven Yeun are the show, because Abraham and Glenn fall victim to Negan’s barbed baseball bat Lucille.

There’s a lot of grief over losing such important characters, but in recent years, it’s become trendy for shows to kill off main characters, especially in ensemble-based shows.

While a character death could be written off as realistic storytelling, more likely it’s about keeping audiences emotionally engaged in the show.

Scott Gimple, the episode’s writer, said on “Talking Dead”  that he was “looking for a way to break the audience.”
Thanks, Scott. You’re always looking out for us.

Most of the discussion about the episode was about to the sheer amount of plain violence.

Abraham, the first to die, was beaten in the head with Lucille until all that was left was mush on the ground, talk about graphic.
As far as Glenn, well, bravo to the SFX makeup crew for that eyeball.

It might have broken a few hearts with its return, but the Walking Dead is back and there should be a great season ahead.