The Walking Dead – The Season Banality

Have you ever heard of the film ‘Drag Me To Hell’ before? It was a horror film released by Sam Raimi back in 2009. For those who haven’t, it is the tale of a bank clerk who finds herself the beneficiary of a curse after she chooses to foreclose on a gypsy woman’s home. And, from television ads, it looked to be something frightening.

Who doesn’t like a good horror movie? It went without saying that I was completely pumped for this film. How could it be bad? People online were talking like it was the next big horror flick since Shaq starred as that genie. So, when opening night came, I was there with bells on, and an extra pair of underwear in my pocket. You know, just in case.

As the film started to roll, I could feel a change inside my soul. This film, the one that I had waited so long for, wasn’t producing the thrills and chills that I was promised. I started to think that I was in the wrong theater. And, just as I began to give up hope, there came a scene where Christine (played by Alison Lohman) was to be exercised of her demon. At the end of that scene, I died inside.

Rham Jas (played by Dileep Rao) attempts to send Christine’s demon into a goat. But, as he lures it from her innards, his assistant looks at her and is possessed by it. And, in a very Spider-man 3-like display, this assistant starts to do a hover dance over the table. Then, the demon goes into the goat. To not be outdone, Sam Raimi decided to make that goat talk.

Shine bright like a diamond...

Shine bright like a diamond…

I don’t remember much of the rest of the film. I had turned off my brain. I complained afterward that it was the worst film I had seen since ‘Prom Night’. All my friends said that I came in with unrealistic expectations and a lack of knowledge of Sam Raimi’s work. I maintained that I had been duped by the advertising campaign.

It wouldn’t be until a few years later that I’d actually watch the film and enjoy it for what it was – a comedy.

You might be wondering where all of this is leading, right? What in the hell does ‘Drag Me To Hell’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ have to do with one another? Technically speaking, they have nothing to do with one another. But, emotionally speaking, they have everything in common.

If you keep up with The Walking Dead on the internet, then I’m sure you’ve run into a couple “Who’s Going To Die” lists somewhere. Or, if you’re like me, you made one of your very own. With all of the advertisements and interviews with the cast, you’d think that half or more of the core cast had been killed off at season’s end. Well, I did, at least.

Twenty-seven people die. It’s safe to say it is all hands to pumps. It’s a crazy season finale. – Andrew Lincoln to Rolling Stone

Wow! Twenty-seven dead by the end of the episode? It was assumed, by me, that a majority of those would be Woodbury residents, but that there would be quite a few from Rick’s side that would be gone, too. I mean, the odds weren’t in Rick’s favor. For every one man Rick has, The Governor has two with milkshakes in their hands.

Here’s who I thought would be dead and how:

  • Hershel – Killed when The Governor storms the prison. He dies protecting his girls.
  • Beth – She dies trying to protect Judith.
  • Judith – She’s a baby hanging out during a gunfight. What do you think?
  • Milton – He is killed in the crossfire.
  • Andrea – She is killed by The Governor as she tries to kill him. And, no one cares about it.
  • The Governor – He is cornered by Rick and Daryl. They both kill him at the same time. Daryl wipes the grease from his eyes.

The Season Ends.

He kills 25 people at one time. But, no one cared about any of them...

He kills 25 people at one time. But, no one cared about any of them…

 

But, as you know by now (if you don’t, check out this site) that’s not how it happened. That’s not even close to what happened. It was ‘Drag Me To Hell’ all over again. Well, minus all the bad acting and demon dancing.

I guess this was just one of those episodes where you’ve got to derive from it what you will. Some may see it as a great character building episode, and I can’t argue with that. Rick stopped seeing Lori (finally), The Governor finally lost his “sitting pretty at the end of the world” attitude, and Carl turned out to be a bigger dick than two Shane’s fighting in a ruck sack. But, I was expecting more.

There will be those like me that think it was pretty weak for a season finale. Especially when it is compared to the finales of the past two seasons. How do we go from the CDC blowing up to Hershel’s farm being overrun with walkers to Rick taking in old people as Carl pouts in the corner? This is what the previous two seasons have been building toward?

Don’t get me wrong, I think that The Walking Dead is one of the best written shows on television. But, I am very afraid that the show will fall into a rut much like the comic book has now. Perhaps that’s why I was so let down this last episode. I want this show to end its run on a high note, and I feel that anything past season four will be sub-par at best, like Rick para-sailing over a roaming hoard to save Judith or something.

Yeah, wouldn’t that be something?  

Don't worry, Rick! I'm comin' to save ya! Heeeeeyyy!

Don’t worry, Rick! I’m comin’ to save ya! Heeeeeyyy!

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2 thoughts on “The Walking Dead – The Season Banality

  1. Nice write up: I was all for Drag Me To Hell, too — and frankly, if that had been an R picture I think it could’ve been salvaged somewhat — there’s only so many places you can go with a story like that and still keep it appropriate for the 13-year olds.

    I’ve been pretty savage about blasting Season 3 of TWD — which it does deserve, there was just some really messy writing — but I kind of enjoyed the finale, too, because I think taking a step away from the comics is the best thing they can do right now. (I wonder how much of it was, too, that they spent all that money on the prison and Woodbury sets and someone somewhere higher up decided that shouldn’t be chucked after only a dozen-plus episodes — makes you wonder if that’s why showrunner Glen Mazzara bailed, over that call.)

    I think the audience of the show is different than the comic and the show is never going to be able to go into some of the bleak places the comic has — when the prison story ended in the comic, it was a total sucker punch of all that effort and sacrifice gone, in the blink of an hour. People cared that Lori died and didn’t cheer her death on the way they did on the show. The season ender was anticlimactic compared to the earlier two, but I do give them credit that they could’ve gone the cheap route and ended with the Woodbury crew arriving and starting to shoot up the place and tried to milk that suspense until the fall. The writing staff, which includes Kirkman, needs to get on the ball and actually think the stuff through — I just saw an interview with him where he admitted going into the season they didn’t know how Andrea’s arc was going to play out, and that’s not surprising, as it felt slapped together on the fly. They can’t get lazy with Season 4, or they might as well just pack it all in. There’s a lot of interesting places they can go with what they’ve set up, if they don’t blow it.

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