TheBaxter wrote:what really sucks is, the whole scene leading up to the very end with Negan was really very good and suspenseful. i don't read the comics, but i know what happens in the comics, so the question of whether it would be the person from the comics who gets it, or a different person, or two people, or nobody (that would've sucked), was all the suspense they needed. even after the deed was done, there's still plenty of "cliffhanger" material: what happens to rick and carl and whoever else didn't get an at-bat? but the scene was so good, and JDM as Negan was so good, and everything worked so well, they didn't need this cheap trick at the end. now, instead of having all that suspense and tension pay off with a great ending to the scene, we'll end up finding out who it was probably sometime this summer or whenever they start filming again. there is NO WAY they will be able to keep it a secret. so now instead of finding out through the show and the story, the way it should be, we'll find this out from some stupid internet leak or spoiler article. i mean, GoT couldn't keep Jon Snow's return a secret, what makes them think they can keep this secret? even if they don't know themselves yet who they're going to kill off, they'll know it by the time they start filming. and even if they film multiple versions of different people getting killed, we'll still be able to figure it out from subsequent episode scripts. this is just incredibly stupid. i thought the glenn fake-death dumpster-diving thing was stupid, but this takes it to another level. the writers and producers of this show have finally sunk to the same level of dumbness as the characters they're writing.
i will give them credit for one thing though: scheduling this episode at the same time as opening day for baseball was clever.
I'm at a loss. I really can't believe they ended it like that after this season's "who will it be?" build up. And I'm upset at myself for getting so red faced mad at these assholes considering how stupid I think this show is. And to make matters for me even worse last night, I watched is live, vs. DVR during the week like I normally do. So I was unable to fast forward thru the even-dumber "Fear the Walking Dead" promos. It sure felt like there were 30 minutes of commercials in that 90 minute episode.
Some random order thoughts on the other parts of the episode:
These Saviors sure are smart. They literally had every road leading out of Alexandria blocked off, even to the point of a serious tree clearing blockade, and were just sitting around waiting for a Road Trip from Rick and crew?
I guess in the aftermath of a global collapse your world really shrinks to whats right in front of you...the Gang has been at Alexandria for the better part of a year now (that's just my guess), and in the past few weeks they JUST discovered a pretty close community (Hilltop) even though they go out on scavenger hunts and recruitment sorties often. And how can a group as large as the Saviors (I'm guessing in the 100s) go unnoticed this long? They are terrorizing all the communities around them, they just happen to miss Alexandria this whole time? This can probably be explained reasonably, I'm just not in the mood to be reasonable with this show right now.
Neegan seemed like a cool Bad Guy. It will be interesting to see how Rick and his "never give in" attitude will play out. Regular Rick's plan is kill em all revenge level 11, but clearly he can't take these guys on do to numbers and strategy. Maybe in "real life" the Alexandrians would just resolve to give half their shit (which is what, really? Real estate?) and live on like that. But this is a TV show, the Good Guys need Bad Guys to fight, so somehow Rick will figure out how to kill Neegan, and I guess once you cut the head off the snake the body will die kinda thing? But of course, that will be NEXT year's cliffhanger.
I'm not overly happy with whats going on with Carol, but I can see how it could happen. Is it really out of character for her to have a serious crisis of faith (faith in killing everyone that is)? I guess not. I'd still rather have bad ass Carol, and maybe when she heals up with the Road Warrior crew she'll find a happy middle ground (of killing people!) and come to the rescue again. Morgan still confuses and confounds me, but I guess that's his whole point on the show.
The hanging of that random dude (was I supposed to know who he was?) was a little disturbing. And the camera lingered extra long on his swinging body, I can't believe he didn't reanimate as a zombie right before the scene ended...
Who's left in Alexandria at this point? Gabriel and Judith?
Finally, my guess at who got the bat to the head is Abraham. He not one of the Main Characters, but he's damn close enough to have an emotional impact for getting offed. He's big and tough so the "boy you can take a beating" comment from Neegan makes more sense than a sick Maggie or a shot in the shoulder Daryl. When they showed a commercial for Darryl's new reality show (about riding motorcycles????) I'm sure a ton of viewers immediately thought he was getting the bat. I know Rick's dead in the comics at this point (right?), but I just don't see this show EVER killing him or Carl. They are untouchable. That leaves Abraham or Glenn. And I think its Big Red.