Season five of the show is my favourite to date. With that in mind, the creatives and cast would have a hard time beating its predecessor. Season six had numerous events to cover, such as: The Alexandria Herd, escaping Alexandria whilst covered in zombie guts and much awaited debut of Negan. There were a few events that came up, even if they were changed a little for the television medium. Season six had many great things but it also succumbed to the Hollywood trend of manipulating audiences for no reason whatsoever. Yes, I’m talking about Glenn’s utterly pointless “non-death” which became a great debate for audiences where a main character had bit the dust midway through an episode.
The creatives’ deceitful camerawork and audience manipulation achieved its goal, but that doesn’t mean that it did not irritate me. Glenn (Steven Yeun) is always getting himself into these situations. Really, you had to choose Glenn? To be fair, I have to applaud them. It was a bold move and it trolled the fans into a point of desperation. The first half of the season was basically a huge jumble of stuff entwined with a herd of walkers and some crazy people called The Wolves. Up until the midseason finale, there were many overlapping storylines with different characters taking centre stage. “The Death” Of Glenn Rhee (Steve Yeun) acted more of a blockade than an emotional loss on the characters.
I really enjoyed “Here’s Not Here” as we delved into the history of Morgan (Lennie James). He has a no-kill code. It subtly tell us why Morgan does not kill and the psychology behind it. Rick and the others think he’s naïve and this is a world where it’s “kill or be killed.” There are many strong parts of season six, including episode nine “No Way Out” where Rick and his crew go toe to toe with the Saviors, attacking them where they sleep. This showed our protagonists as antiheroes, unlike in earlier seasons where they’re portrayed as heroes. Furthermore, we were introduced to Jesus (Tom Payne) who I love to hate and the Richonne shippers finally got their wish.
After all the hype from comic fans about the Saviors, I didn’t expect them to let Rick and his chums pull one over on them in the form of a brutal assault on their compound. Rick and company kept getting victories to keep this false persona of “heroism” up. It was nothing more than charade to tell viewers that Rick and company are still the heroes of the show. In “The Last Day on Earth”, we were finally introduced to Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan), at the expense of Rick (Lincoln), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Glenn (Yeun), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and all the others, which ended with an amazing ten minute sequence where Negan was deciding who he was going to kill; ending with a hauntingly beautiful blood-splattered camera lens.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Batman V Superman) was haunting. He was only onscreen for about ten minutes and it was one of the scariest moments in my short twenty years on this planet. Rick was white as a ghost and the others were shaking where they knelt. Rick and his crew had got cocky and complacent in their “safety” The arrival of Negan showed them the true horrors of their world and really, “how fucked” they could without warning. You thought The Governor was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. All in all, this season was freaking great. It had a shaky first half but the second half made up for it. The walker action sequences are excellent as ever, with Jeffery Dean Morgan delivering a season-stealing performance in the last ten minutes of the season.