The Walking Dead (s.07, 2016-17)

Story of The Walking Dead‘s 7th season revolves around the Negan yoke: every character left standing, every storyline there is, adds something to the general pool of Negan, – like rivers create the sea by disemboguing into it.

The construction of the season remains pretty much same as before – it’s divided into 2 halves, each composing its own story arc, only this time both arcs are parts of the same story. The 1st part is about submission and depression; the 2nd part is about uprising and counterstand. Both parts consist of character episodes (portraying adventures of a specific character), as well as of larger scale ones – but all of them merge into a single powerful story stem eventually. The quality of implementation is undoubtedly outstanding. The acting is flawless; even severe losses the cast endured over the course of the season didn’t do a lot of harm, because at the same time it was enriched with many new characters, most of whome are just as interesting as the old ones.

So, on the one hand, there is plenty of amazing stories, as usual, and characters are great, and the psychological elaboration is as deep as I expected it to be, but I got a feeling that the show started to loose traction closer to the end of the season. I kinda got used to higher density of the narrative, I mean: before there was one good, saturated story per arc, with 2 arcs per season, and now – not only the same Negan thing was stretched for 16 whole episodes, it now will take some part of the next season, as well. The story is good, I’m not arguing with that, and Negan is a cool character, but that’s not quite enough for such volume, there’s gotta be more. And that’s an alarming sign, actually, – the writers might be trying to knock down the intensity a little while preserving the format measurments because they are running out of material. I hope season 8 will show how wrong I am about that. In the meantime, I just wanna note that the betrayal in the finale (one of them, anyway) is easily predictable: the low act was committed by the only one of new communities the audience didn’t have a chance to get to know better on emotional level.

And still, notwithstanding certain tiny problems, The Walking Dead is a wonderful work of art with tonns of fascinating ideas, quality writing, and wonderful cast, – it was from almost the beginning, and it still is.

Anyway, it was a pleasure. I’m counting on watching the continuation next year.

Year: 2016-2017
Created by: Frank Darabont
Showran by: Scott M. Gimple
Directed by: Greg Nicotero, Alrick Riley, David Boyd, Darnell Martin, Michael E. Satrazemis, Rosemary Rodriguez,  Jeffrey F. January, Kari Skogland, Michael Slovis
Written by: Scott M. Gimple, Matthew Negrete, Angela Kang, Corey Reed, Channing Powell, David Leslie Johnson
Performed by: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Katelyn Nacon, Jason Douglas, Corey Hawkins, Ann Mahoney, Jordan Woods-Robinson, Kenric Green, Ted Huckabee, Dahlia Legault, R. Keith Harris, James Chen, Peter Luis Zimmerman, Jeremy Palko, Karen Ceesay, Brett Gentile, Ilan Srulovicz, Christine Evangelista, Steven Ogg, Joshua Hoover, Elizabeth Ludlow, Tim Parati, Aerli Austen, Lindsley Register, Martinez, Mike Seal, Brian Stapf, Jayson Warner Smith, Joshua Mikel, Autumn Dial, Elyse Nicole DuFour, Chloe Aktas, Griffin Freeman, Khary Payton, Logan Miller, Cooper Andrews, Karl Makinen, Kerry Cahill, Daniel Newman, Carlos Navarro, Macsen Lintz, Jason Burkey, Nadine Marissa, Deborah May, Sydney Park, Mimi Kirkland, Briana Venskus, Nicole Barré, Pollyanna McIntosh, Thomas Francis Murphy, Sabrina Gennarino, Anja Akstin, Gino Crognale, Steven Yeun, Michael Cudlitz
Time: 13h11m (across 16 episodes)
Entertaining quality: 5- out of 5
Art quality: 5- out of 5
LINKS: website | info

(v. 4.7.rev)
®shoomow, 2017

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