So ready for season 8. Just like everyone else. This is a great series, better than any series based on a comic book (with the possible exception of Arrow). I just watched this season again, and liked it much better than the first time. Ready for the resolution of the war with the Saviors, and for the Whisperer wars to begin. One complaint I have heard expressed by Walking Dead fans has to do with how Shiva knew to attack only the Saviors. It has been expressed that this was not a believable plot element. It is actually one of the more believable plot elements if you understand the anatomy of predators. Considering the world in which she lives, along with her instinctive predilections and learned behaviors, she would naturally attack the Saviors. With her heightened sense of smell, the Saviors would smell like walkers to her. Remember, the Kingdom had been sending pork to the Sanctuary that had been fed on walker meat. Humans would probably never detect this, especially since the farm pigs had gone wild and the meat would taste 'gamey' to a human. That scent, though, would be secreted via the sweat of anyone who ate it. A tiger would detect that and probably, since she had learned to view walkers as a dangerous threat, seek to eliminate that threat. Simple. And that concludes the comic book zoology lesson for today. Ready, set, let's hurry up and go, already!
Worth watching, but I think it is the weakest season so far. Negan gets pretty irritating with his overacting, arrogant, over-enthusiastic mannerisms. The zombie situations have some pretty cool effects and variations on zombie situations that are new and fresh, which makes the show more worthwhile. I sometimes get irritated with the fact the flesh eating mindless zombies are more likeable than some of the people who are still human, yet have lost their humanity, their souls. It becomes a world run by pure sociopaths, and that theme starts getting a little old. My hope is that the writers will get back to the main focus of an apocalyptic zombie world and surviving in it while retaining some humanity, rather than the main focus being the most undesirable human characteristics, with the zombies thrown in as kind of an outside prop.
As a side note, not really related, I have been reading the Walk Dead novel series of Jay Bonansinga. They have been fun to read (I'm on the 5th book), they are somewhat related to the TV series, but not at all close to the plot or script of the TV show. Some of the characters are there, but in a different light. Mostly the main characters are completely new. It provides a nice alternative to the TV series when the show is in between seasons.
I am caught up with the trade hard covers in this series. I knew what would happen and to who, generally speaking. Regardless, I was not prepared. One of the things that caught me about this TV series versus the books is that in the show, I feel like I know these people. In the book, they were just people on the page. Sometimes the art itself would get in the way of knowing who was who at any given moment so there was a sense of detachment. The show... you don't have that. You're along for the ride the entire time and in this season, the ride was way bumpier than expected, even though I knew the bumps were coming.
Compared to the Walking Dead blu-ray releases in the past it seems they rushed this out. It is a big disappointment to many fans who thought there would be the uncensored Negan speech and the death scenes of all the characters that were filmed but not used. I bought this set thinking they would be included. There are not as many bonus features as in the past releases either. Otherwise, this is an essential in every Walking Dead fans collection. Maybe next season the release will contain more bonus material for us hardcore fans.
It was okay and as new as it looked and felt I don't believe it was completely new due to a few of the cd's during specific episodes where it would skip. So much, that I would have to take out the CD either clean it up with soap and water. (being careful to use strokes starting from the center and ending at the outside of the disk. Only after doing so, OR trying to play it in a separate/different DVD player would it be at the very least watchable but still did skip somewhat. Aside from this I can't complain.
This season was the most intense and although it was a bit drawn out in the middle when it seemed like...
>>**<<SPOILER ALERT>>**<< >>**<<SPOILER ALERT>>**<< >>**<<SPOILER ALERT>>**<< Darryl and the group inside of alexandria would have to live in fear for the rest of their lives knowing that they were willing giving all of their hard-earned supplies to an enemy entity, Negan & "The Saviours". Worst part being that at a certain point in the story the audience is really starting to believe that even Darryl, whose supposed to be the leader of the group, is content with doing so and decides that they will not be able to defeat this evil and that giving them what they want will be best for everyone and so the moral tension ensues. Should they make a plan for war and chance an imminent defeat, or stay under the hand of Negan and his cronies. This season by far especially the first few episodes really has you at the edge of your seat. >>**<<SPOILER ALERT>>**<<
Completely different animal than it was 7 years ago; And that's a great thing. This season has it all; betrayal, murders, espionage, intrigue, tension and hope. Still the best show on television. Bar none!