The Walking Dead: Processing the Aftermath of Negan’s Vampire Bat

Negan Walking Dead Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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The season premiere of The Walking Dead Season Seven has come and gone. After a long Spring and Summer, we finally know who felt the wrath of Negan’s Barbed Wire Bat Lucille. Fitting though that it was called Negan’s Vampire Bat in the premiere, hence the title of this article. I wrote an article back when The Walking Dead had that brutal cliffhanger and this is my follow-up to it. As reactions to the cliffhanger ending were divisive, the aftermath of the premiere is going the same way. Instead of a generic recap of the episode, let’s process the season premiere together. I need to process the season premiere as much as you all do. On with the show as we all process the aftermath of The Walking Dead season premiere. That Vampire Bat did a number on us all.

Yes if you haven’t seen the Season Premiere of The Walking Dead, there are spoilers. So many spoilers.

If you didn’t see the big bold letters, yes I am spoiling things so if you haven’t turned away now, it’s your own fault at this point. So are we good? Okay cool.

To reveal who died right off the bat, Abraham and Glenn were the casualties. Abraham was someone loosely expected to die in many online articles and Glenn we were prepared for. Glenn died in the comics under Negan’s hand and it was even more brutal than the comics. Now the way both deaths were handled, that’s where things get weird. For one they didn’t reveal the deaths of Abraham and Glenn right away. To see the deaths you were already expecting to happen, you sat through two commercial breaks. I’m okay with set up but I got to the point where I was saying, “C’mon, get on with it already!” before the deaths were revealed. Both deaths were done well, brutal, but done well. Seeing it in a comic is one thing but on a TV show, that’s a whole new dimension. That was some tough television to watch.

That Walking Dead Episode was tough to watch at points, seriously.

As TV was The Walking Dead season premiere bad? It wasn’t bad TV in my opinion because of the fact that the entire time I was engaged, especially after the reveal. Once I knew who died I was invested in the story more. A lot of the episode was driven by Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, he had to do the heavy lifting. Most everyone else was reacting to him and it worked. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has always been a good actor but he took it to the next level as Negan. Everyone else in the show did a great job in reacting to the dark powerhouse that is Negan. This was pure setup for the season to come and it set up a lot of questions which is a good thing.

I’m optimistic about the season to come for The Walking Dead but they better not pull a stunt like that cliffhanger again. I completely understand why they did the cliffhanger but they should have done that ending at the end of the Season Six finale. One reason being that Negan is such a big deal villain that to set up such a cliffhanger like that was unnecessary.  The show was already renewed and even now it is renewed for Season Eight. Walking Dead doesn’t need stunts at this point, tell your stories, make them good and make them count. The Walking Dead gets fans talking and that’s good but shock value can only go so much further with this series.

Don’t Focus on Shock Value and Make Great TV, That’s all you need.

This was a good start to the season for all intents and purposes. No matter what, the ratings are going to be huge and people are going to watch. Even if The Walking Dead loses viewers, it will take a long time for the show to take any kind of hit from it. Negan set the series off into a daring and dark new direction with two characters already down for the count. Time to see if the rest of Season Seven lives up to the promise of the powerful and unforgettable season premiere.

 

 

Wrestling Chat: TNA in 2016 is Stranger Than Ever

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If you had told me that in 2016 the last best hope for TNA is Billy Corgan, I’d be cracking up. If you follow any wrestling news at all, TNA is in trouble, big trouble. Of course, financial issues and TNA is a day ending with y. These issues are on a new scale. For one Corgan is suing Impact Ventures, the parent company of TNA, for reasons sealed and therefore unknown to us. Even more so, it is also being sued by a production company and they owe Tennessee taxes, a lot of them. Now Dixie Carter still owns it as she’s finagled money in ways that we can only imagine to keep it afloat. Yet Corgan was going to have more ownership of the beleaguered company and Dixie seems to have made that complicated. Why I’m writing this is more, can TNA dig itself out of this hole?

Straight up this is me pondering a lot of TNA madness, have fun.

Let’s put this in perspective, Billy Corgan is the only person who seems to care about TNA as a product. Dixie is hanging on to whatever power she can muster to the detriment of the company. Yet Corgan is having to deal with a mess that Dixie was keeping quiet, from what I can tell anyway. I don’t want to see TNA die, far from it, I want to see it thrive to be another place for wrestlers to work. It’s a scary thing when WWE doesn’t have competition so the more competition out there for the WWE, the better. TNA got good press for the first time in ages with Broken Matt Hardy and the rest of the Hardy Clan. Now alas that has been put to the wayside as these financial issues and such have started up.

Here’s the ultimate thing on TNA though, will it survive everything that is happening? I won’t link anything as so far it is all in the land of rumors but WWE was in the running to buy TNA’s Video Library. It’s all rumors as now the current TNA financial state is putting everything in flux. It has been in tough spots before and managed to crawl out of them but this is the toughest one yet. The one person seriously interested in making this profitable is held up in lawsuit hell and that’s only the start of the issues. If you had told me that TNA would go this nuts in 2016, I’d never believe it. From a successful angle with The Hardys to the brink of destruction once more.

TNA in 2016: Weird even for TNA

There are TNA sale rumors all over the place outside of the video library, which is really all WWE would want honestly. You have people like Jeremy Borash trying to throw people off the scent of these rumors but something is going to happen with this company and soon. Since Borash works there it makes sense that he would be front and center trying to tell people all is well. Hard to say all is well when you’re in debt to the tune $3.4 million. You don’t come back from $3.4 million in debt easily, even if you’re a company that’s survived what this one has.

All I can say at this point is I hope for the best for TNA this time around. Impact Wrestling is a solid show and has improved a lot in the past few months. By the end of this year or even some point in the next, we will likely know the fate of TNA Impact Wrestling. I wish them luck as this my friends is going to be tough even for the company that will not die.