I've got to be honest here: I haven't seen much of THE WALKING DEAD solely on the premise that there can't be much to go on when it's all about zombies and survival. Sooner or later you start to feel like you're rehashing and watching the same episodes over and over again: zombies attack, you survive, you argue with your fellow humans about what to do next -- rinse, and repeat. That's not AMC's fault, or even the show's fault; it is what it is, and us Z-freaks of anything film or TV have to deal with it.
And it was recently announced that come season 9 of THE WALKING DEAD, you're going to witness a massive change in the storyline -- new characters, new plot, new arcs, new everything. We're thinking the only thing that will change is the fact that there are still zombies. And they want to eat you.
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple himself stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that THE WALKING DEAD:
"This episode isn't just like (this season) coming to a conclusion, but Angela and myself and the writers had always talked about this in many ways being sort of the conclusion of the first eight seasons. This show will be very much a new show next year and with a bigger, new narrative.... And so there was just a certain weight in the air of the kind of conclusion that we were getting closer to. It was a weird graduation for everybody."
And I have to admit: I completely agree. Shows sometimes need that "reboot" to keep things going. Keeping it fresh unlike the zombies plagueing everything from Super Mario to other networks like the CW and SyFy. Zombies are everywhere, man!
For those a little fuzzy on how the storyline's been going with THE WALKING DEAD, you can actually snag all eight previous seasons right here (or anywhere else, in fact). One thing you have to know: the newest season most likely will not be about the "war with the Saviors," and chances are pretty good we won't see Negan walking around with his trademark barb-wired bat. But we can only hope.
And other shows -- like Z NATION and IZOMBIE -- seem to keep trucking along. Probably because there's more variety and development of what could happen should a zombie apocalypse occur. And then there's a hook: last-known survivor with a cure to the zombie apocalypse, or a worker at a coroner's office consuming the brains of victims to solve crimes.
But THE WALKING DEAD? Yes. You're running from zombies. And arguing with each other. That's it.
Needless to say, something new needed to happen to the show, and the hope is this is exactly what THE WALKING DEAD requires to stay alive.
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