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.

 

 

The Bloggity Session 4/24/16: Game of Thrones has Returned!

Welcome back to another adventure in The Bloggity Session! Today has been a fairly low key day on this end. Saw two episodes of Daredevil, getting closer to finally finishing the series and it is a weird ride I have to say. I am starting to see where things are linking together but it is a little bouncy focus wise. I’ll have to judge more after the series is over, I still enjoy it though but The Punisher is still one of the best things about the show. Even Once Upon a Time was solid tonight yet of course as you all know, Game of Thrones is back. After a long time away Game of Thrones has returned to absorb our Sunday nights once more. Fear the Walking Dead is going to have a tough go against the almighty Game of Thrones powerhouse rising on HBO. I can already see that this season of Game of Thrones is going to have the fanbase buzzing. Some stuff I was hoping to happen hasn’t happened, yet there was quite a few surprises in store. I’m keeping it spoiler free but I’m curious as to how this season is going to play out. Reminds me I need to read the books at some point, desperately need to read the books. I have them all outside of The Hedge Knight stuff so I may have to get on that reading adventure fairly soon.

Game of Thrones Opening Credits

It is going to be weird to see how reactions are to this season. Game of Thrones starting with this season is now out of any territory the books have covered. Meaning that the book and television viewers of Game of Thrones are experiencing the show together, not knowing what is going to happen next. I’m intrigued to see the conversations and reviews of the show in the coming weeks and months about this season of the show. This is the second year I’m watching after being a DVD/Blu-Ray only watcher of the show for a long period of time. While I do miss getting to watch the show all at once it is also fun to be able to experience the show with the rest of the Game of Thrones audience. I add this to the Walking Dead level of shows of television I must watch the same night. If not I will have the entire show spoiled and know every single little thing about it before I know it. There are some shows I will be okay with being a day or two delayed but Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are two shows I know people will spoil without mercy. I can’t blame people for discussing the show though, it’s a complicated battle to say the least.

Nothing else to report tonight, tomorrow I get my massive comic order and the fun shall truly begin. Till next post, thanks for reading and I hope you all are doing well out there. Take care everyone! Bye for now.

A Tale of Two Endings: The Walking Dead and Wrestlemania 32

Roman Reigns and Negan Walking Dead WWE

The Walking Dead aired its season finale last night and Wrestlemania 32 was on as well, social media was buzzing along. Both shows had anticipated and dreaded endings, depending on which side of the fence you fell on. The Walking Dead had the rise of Negan while Wrestlemania 32 had Roman Reigns vs. Triple H and the Rise of the Roman Empire. For The Walking Dead, we knew that someone was going to die, and on Wrestlemania 32 we knew that Roman Reigns was going to be champion. On The Walking Dead people were wondering who the death was going to be and on Wrestlemania 32 people wondered how Roman Reigns was going to win the belt. Chatter was intense on both sides of things both on The Walking Dead and all around the WWE Universe with Wrestlemania 32. You can say social media was on fire Sunday night. The way both things went down and we knew were about to happen, didn’t happen in quite the way anyone could have imagined. The rage and confusion went on throughout the night, with happiness and calm hidden throughout the chatter. What makes these two endings so polarizing for the fans? That is what we are here to talk about today. A Tale of Two Endings, two endings of events that we knew how it was going to go down, yet the results were not what we expected. The conversation starts now.

(Forewarning, there will be spoilers. Mild ones to be sure but if you haven’t seen The Walking Dead or Wrestlemania 32 yet, turn back now.)

For everyone still here after my spoiler tag, yes there has to be spoilers because these are endings and endings are always spoilers. The Walking Dead is mainly the one I’m warning about as I know people who wait to watch those shows and if they see something they don’t want to see, I would feel bad. That is why we are starting with The Walking Dead as I figure this is going to get a lot of people curious about this article. The big villain of The Walking Dead is revealed, Negan is here. Jeffrey Dean Morgan makes for a great looking Negan and brings him to life with absolute perfection. You see him with Lucille, his barbed wire baseball bat, and already your heart is beating out of your chest. As the survivors were pushed to their knees, I couldn’t turn away from the screen a second. Negan gives his speech as declares that someone has to die, the jaws of the entire audience dropped. Lucille is at the ready as he does the creepiest game of eeny meeny miny moe ever, deciding who was going to fall. As Lucille falls, the blood flies into the camera and all we see is Negan bashing away as the show ends with blood covering the screen.  That was how The Walking Dead ended the season, angering and exciting everyone in the process. Then on the other side, welcome to Wrestlemania 32 where things take another turn.

Negan Jeffrey Dean Morgan Walking Dead

Now, Wrestlemania 32 is a different yet strangely similar story to The Walking Dead. It was a foregone conclusion, everyone knew WWE was going to crown Roman Reigns as champion. There was no changing this course, Roman Reigns was going to be champ. You couldn’t help but wonder though how he was going to become the champ, how was this going to end?  Was Roman Reigns going to turn heel, was he going to win by some sort of controversial decision, and people were talking about it right up to the end. Roman had mixed reactions over the past few months, booing mixed in with the cheers and it was getting ugly. Triple H as the heel (bad guy) champion was getting more cheers than Roman. A lot of people were wondering if there was going to be some kind of audible called, yet that was not to be. Roman Reigns won clean over Triple H and is now your WWE World Heavyweight Champion. A decisive victory for Roman Reigns. Setting off the WWE Universe in a hailstorm of happiness and rage. Now the comparison can begin, why do these two endings compare to one another? All shall be revealed.

Roman Reigns WWE Champion

Negan bashing someones head in was a foregone conclusion in The Walking Dead as much as Roman Reigns winning the championship was at Wrestlemania. It was the way the endings were done that set people off as much as it made them happy. These endings were primed for strong reactions. Now with The Walking Dead, you’re waiting until later this year for any kind of resolution to that brutal cliffhanger. From the cut away of doom that set blood pressures rising to the divisive ending of a wrestling match. For the WWE with Roman Reigns, you have Monday Night Raw to see where this could end up going from here. In the months to come though, both of these endings are going to have people talking. They’re amazing conversation pieces no matter how the chat goes, positive or negative. With The Walking Dead, that season premiere is going to break records as people are going to come back and watch. Now with Monday Night Raw, people are going to tune in just to see what happens next. In turn we will get a hint of what will be in store in the months to come following Wrestlemania 32 and the results of that event.

Two endings, two highly polarizing endings, that have resolutions that hit upon every emotion in the social media universe. Two major events on Television that had anticipated endings for better or for worse. The conversation is still going as the resolutions of these endings are still unknown as to what impact they will ultimately have. Whatever the case may be though, these two endings are going to be great for AMC with The Walking Dead and the WWE for Wrestlemania. Love or hate, these two endings have created a lot of conversation. The social media adventure has only just begun for both companies, what will happen next? That remains to be seen yet I know we got a long road ahead of us and at least it will be an interesting one.

(Special Notes on more of my feelings on this: Roman Reigns is the Champion, I expected it and I’m cool with it but people who aren’t happy with him winning, be nice to the Roman Reigns fans who are happy, please and thank you. On The Walking Dead, that was brutal and I didn’t see the cliffhanger coming but I am not kidding, that season premiere will break a ton of records when it hits. Brutal cliffhanger but it is going to pay off huge for the show down the line.)