The Walking Dead Season 7 Finale

The Walking Dead Season 7 and how Shiva saved Carl

I wrote a pretty harsh post a year ago regarding the Season 6 ending of The Walking Dead. Leaving us with the knowledge that someone just DIED but not knowing who, all summer, for six long terrible excruciating months… Yeah, I was pretty upset.

So, I thought it was only fitting a year later to say thank you to Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero and the rest of TWD crew for The Walking Dead Season 7 Finale. Instead of leaving the fandom twisted up in knots, we were instead served up a dramatic, action packed episode that ended with Maggie giving one of the most memorable speeches in TWD history. We left Season 7 with a soft fade out where everyone is safe, for the time being, instead of bloody barbed wire bats in mid swing.

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Episode 16 “The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life” wasn’t all puppies and rainbows – we lost Sasha in a brilliant move that had me rooting for the walker for the first time ever. The Scavengers double crossed Rick – those dirty double crossing rats! – and I was resigned to the fact that Carl was about to buy it for real. And then Shiva happened! I swear, when that tiger jumped behind Negan just before Lucille bashed in Carl’s skull, I literally sat up on my sofa and cheered out loud. I think I fist pumped a little bit too. 😀

I know it’s just a show, I KNOW it is, but when King Ezekiel yelled “Alexandria will not fall!” I got goosebumps. I swear, if I lived in The Walking Dead Universe (and had actually survived past Season 1) I would put on some athletic store padding as armor and follow King Ezekiel anywhere after that scene.

Are The Scavengers cannibals?

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One thing that nibbled on my brain, pardon the pun, was the exchange between Jadis and Negan when she says “The deal was for 12, yes?” and he says “10. People are a resource.” I suddenly got a weird Terminus flashback. I mean, why did they take Father Gabriel along with the food? Why did Jadis double cross Rick with a “better deal” for people from Negan? Are the Scavengers secret cannibals? I did a little Terminus BBQ meme and posted it to my Instagram to see if I was the only one getting this weird cannibal vibe. Sabrina Gennarino, who plays Tamiel, got a giggle out of it and shared it with her followers. Between our two accounts my Scavengers As Cannibals meme got quite a few likes so maybe I’m on to something. Which is horrifying!

So, anyway… thanks again The Walking Dead people for making the Season 7 finale less of a cliffhanger than last year. Waiting 6 months for Season 8 to start is still difficult, but at least this summer will not be filled with as much angst as last year. Thank goodness.

One Week Later

It has been one week since Glenn and Abraham made the ultimate sacrifice for the group. It was one of the most haunting episodes and I will never be able to unsee it.

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The Season 7 opener for The Walking Dead started with a sense of dread that had followed me all day. I was snuggled on the couch as 9 pm approached but as the parental warning flashed on the screen I sat up and moved to the end of the sofa and as the episode began I got up and crept up to the television set and sat a foot away from the screen like I was five years old again, watching Saturday morning cartoons.

It was awful. No way did I expect Negan to kill two of Rick’s group. Abraham made total sense in the way Season 6 ended “Oh! Taking it like a champ!” but I wasn’t ready for it. No one could be ready for any of it. But when Darryl jumped up, and then Negan turned and whacked Glenn instead… see, I knew in my heart that it would be Glenn so it was almost a relief when it happened. A horrible, painful and terrifying release of tension that was with me, and most TWD fans I would expect, all summer.

God bless Maggie. When she said the group had to get back to Alexandria to get ready to fight I was all “You go girl!” and then I was all “Girl, sit down and get on your knees because there is no fighting this one.” It’s awful to see Rick so beaten down and broken, but thank God Negan stopped short of taking Carl’s arm.

You may have noticed by now that I haven’t really gotten into the details of how Glenn and Abraham died. I’m still not ready. I don’t think I can ever be ready to discuss it in too much detail. I have heard that social media was all a buzz about how The Walking Dead crossed some line in this past week’s episode and it was “unacceptable”. Well of course it was unacceptable! That’s the whole point of what we watched happen when Rick Grimes and his group crossed Negan. There are some very bad people in The Walking Dead universe and survival of the fittest will be the law of the land, which leads to some very unacceptable moments. Don’t turn away and be all indignant – watch it and learn.

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Thankfully this past week has been full of the twists and turns of a totally different universe known as the Presidential Election 2016. So I’ve been paying attention to that in the same way Carol suggested and planned the thank you dinner for Hershel and his family to keep her mind off of Sophia lost in the woods. Between emails and servers, the FBI and Wikileaks, I can keep my mind off of the horrifying deaths of two of the coolest guys on The Walking Dead. Rest In Peace Glenn and Abraham.