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47Ronin21 Oct 2017 1:11 p.m. PST

To make a long story short, I more or less stopped watching "The Walking Dead" after watching the "killed by baseball bat" episode a while back. Up to then, I had watched every episode. I will admit that I was getting tired of watching Zombies. I also enjoyed "Game of Thrones" MUCH more.

Now, the "All Out War" commercials for "TWD" are getting to me.

So, should I go back?

What, if anything, "important" have I missed?

Thanks in advance.

Mardaddy Inactive Member21 Oct 2017 1:17 p.m. PST

(not really helpful information follows…)

Don't do it…


47Ronin21 Oct 2017 1:20 p.m. PST

That was a fast (and funny) reply, Mardaddy.

I hadn't even finished cross-posting the topic yet.


Rhysius Cambrensis Inactive Member21 Oct 2017 1:29 p.m. PST

I agree entirely with Mardaddy!

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 1:34 p.m. PST

Meh. I read every one of those damn Harry Potter books, even when I couldn't stand the little creep by Book 4.
It's the urge to see what happens next.
TWD boils down to the simple fact that Rick is a bad leader.

14Bore21 Oct 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

Only show watch, couldn't get into FTWD, found myself cheering for the zeds.

torokchar Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 2:38 p.m. PST


KevinV21 Oct 2017 3:31 p.m. PST

Good one Mardaddy. We stopped watching a couple seasons ago. There is much better TV out there for my time spent. Some really good comedy this season and binge watching Supernatural.
The first couple of seasons were good but now jumped the shark. Also agree with Winston about Rick-terrible leader.

Neal Smith21 Oct 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

Mardaddy, that synopsis is spot on! :)

I was late to the series and caught up just before the beginning of last season (i.e. the baseball bat episode).

Last year was a little slow when focused on the "old characters". They've gotten a little soft and less gritty. Negan and Eugene are the stars of that season.

I will watch this season, but not putting a lot of stock in it yet…

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 5:56 p.m. PST

I stopped at season 1. Just too much of the same thing over and over, IMO.

BuckeyeBob21 Oct 2017 6:24 p.m. PST

I also stopped watching at the baseball bat episode and haven't looked back. Fully agree with Mardaddy synopsis.
I wont be sucked back in watching this season as I predict it'll be 5 episodes of talk, 1 cliffhanger where Negan captures a main character, then sometime in the February season the final showdown in the last 2 episode.

Dynaman878921 Oct 2017 6:32 p.m. PST

I stopped watching at the end of the season just before the baseball bat episode, the writing for that season was an atrocity.

Twoball Cane21 Oct 2017 6:45 p.m. PST

Still watching it. For the escapism. I did enjoy some near decapitations of ricks hand we were teased with last season. Negan is not too bad as a villain but he's no governor.

Most of my favorite characters are gone.

saltflats192921 Oct 2017 6:46 p.m. PST

Well it is the 3rd best zombie show on tv.

Perris070721 Oct 2017 9:00 p.m. PST

I also stopped watching after the baseball bat episode. I have spent the time I used to wasted on TWD painting or doing more productive things. I watched every episode religiously up to that point. I have not missed it at all. Stay strong bro!

CATenWolde Inactive Member22 Oct 2017 1:40 a.m. PST

Negan's casting and characterization ruined what could have been a lift for the series.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Oct 2017 3:37 a.m. PST

We were watching for a while, but then stopped simply because of everything they were doing, and I am thinking that the show should have been titled, "How NOT to survive the zombie apocalypse"…. or "We're dumber than the walking undead"…

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2017 5:08 a.m. PST

I quit not long after the terminus episodes. Each season seamed repetitive.
We gather and all meet at a RV park out side Atlanta.
Get over run by zombies, some characters die.
Regroup at Farm house in the country side. Meet new folks.
Get over run by zombies, some characters die.
Regroup at abandoned prison. Meet new folks.
Get over run by Zombies, some characters die.
Regroup at Terminus. Meet new folks.
Get over run by Zombies, some characters die.
Regroup at town Church. Meet new folks.
I stop watching.
Start watching Z Nation.

KPinder22 Oct 2017 6:42 a.m. PST

I tried getting interested in season 1 twice. Each time I watched an episode I ended up rooting for the zombies by about the 25 minute mark.

Want an enjoyable zombie experience? Download Rebuild. Just don't try the top difficulty setting unless you want to relive a TWD episode.

Legion 422 Oct 2017 8:41 a.m. PST

NO …

The Shadow22 Oct 2017 9:06 a.m. PST

I noticed that some thought that Rick was a bad leader, and that the group wasn't good at surviving. I disagree that it's a problem for the show. Rick was never supposed to be a great leader. He's just a regular guy that found himself with a job that nobody else, except Shane, wanted. The conflict between Rick and Shane was interesting. Shane as the pragmatist and Rick as the humanist. And Shane eventually lost. Rick *tried* to divest himself of the leadership role, but got sucked back in again. I don't think that the group, as a whole, is particularly bad at surviving. They were not Special Forces at the outbreak. We can second guess everything that they did, but at the beginning they were just scared and confused people. They evolved though. They became tougher and better at survival. Especially when Michone and Daryl joined them, and when Carol became the ultimate equalizer. Others have pointed out that the show has become repetitious. But ultimately all shows are. There are only so many ways that the plot can go and still keep us interested. There have to be crisis and cliffhangers. The group *must* be kept in constant danger, or people would lose interest. And that brings me to another point made in the discussion. Trying to read between the lines here, I have the impression that some thought that Negan was too much. And that killing Glenn was a bad decision by the writers. The thing is; if there is no possibility of losing main characters there is no tension. When Glenn was killed I was really unhappy. I thought "why couldn't they just kill one of the Red Shirts. Or if it had to be a main character, why not Rick's son? He's expendable". But that would be cheating. If we're going to follow these characters through danger after danger, some of them have to die. That's life, and that's what keeps me watching. That, and I want to see Negan get his in the worst possible way. :-)

skinkmasterreturns22 Oct 2017 4:16 p.m. PST

I still watch.You dont need anybody's permission.

skinkmasterreturns22 Oct 2017 7:31 p.m. PST

Oh man was that crap.Roll right up to the front door after takiing a few sentries out,the whole hierarchy stands out (knowingly,no less)on a balcony and youve got automatic weapons what do you do? Its gonna be a great season. I really believe that Rick would have been the first one out last season,and Neegan would have installed his own,trusted cadre at Alexandria.

The Shadow22 Oct 2017 8:50 p.m. PST

Skink…are you saying that a show about zombies is unbelievable. That makes no sense. After all, zombies are real, aren't they?

skinkmasterreturns23 Oct 2017 2:09 a.m. PST

Um,yeah.I'm saying that the season should have been over for the Saviors in the first 45 minutes of the first episode.But that would have been no fun,would it?

skinkmasterreturns23 Oct 2017 2:10 a.m. PST

BTW,I dont know about Zombies,but Ive taken care of a number of living dead.

Private Matter23 Oct 2017 7:43 a.m. PST


The Shadow23 Oct 2017 9:39 a.m. PST

The season 8 episode was ridiculous. I'll make this short. Rick has been saying, over and over again, that they only had to "kill one man". Negan. Then when Rick and his followers cornered Negan in a warehouse, Negan sauntered out and started to negotiate with Rick, and although several people had Negan in the sights, including Maggie, who's husband Negan had been brutally beaten to death…AND NOBODY SHOT HIM!!! In fact, Rick told Negan to surrender!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT????? I couldn't believe what I was seeing! Have the writers gone nuts? I understand that they want to milk this Negan/Rick conflict for all that it's worth, but this was just insulting the audience's intelligence. Man, I am so P.O'd.

Dynaman878923 Oct 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

Watch "Z Nation", it may be lousy but it is consistently so. AND it does not take itself seriously.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 4:31 a.m. PST

I have a suspicion about Season 8 based on the premiere episode. I wonder if anyone else shares it?

Private Matter24 Oct 2017 7:52 a.m. PST

Piss poor writing, I was very disappointed. I think the only reason I still watch the series is that it has become my time for myself. I did get several figures painted while watching so some good came out of it.

Zephyr124 Oct 2017 2:54 p.m. PST

Rick won't be eaten by zombies. "No braaaains" LOL ;-)

And I'm still thinking Negan will be offed by Eugene in some Bond Villain/Mr. Science way…

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2017 4:40 p.m. PST

Okay, I believe that nothing actually happened in Sunday's episode. They were in exactly the same posiitons at the end as they were at the beginning. The Saviors camp was never attacked. Didn't it seem strange that the Saviors never shot back?

The Shoveler Inactive Member25 Oct 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

I stopped watching after Glen and Abe got their brains beat out too. I wrapped up that half season and started feeling anxiety about watching the other half. The show is a bloody roller coaster ride and I just can't handle the stress.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

Yes. Nothing has changed. Rick is just as dumb as ever.
Is that a SPOILER? Hardly.
And Negan is still Snidely Whiplash.

47Ronin28 Oct 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

My thanks to all those who responded.

I will admit that I watched last week's episode (or at least the late night rebroadcast), but skipped the "Talking Dead" show.

According to press reports, 11 million others joined me. A big number, but DOWN 33% in viewers from the opening ("baseball bat") episode from last season.

Even though it seemed like nothing had changed (as Winston said above) after not watching for a while, I may watch the next episode and make some more comments about the show as the season progresses.

Stay tuned.

Thomas Thomas31 Oct 2017 10:26 a.m. PST

Its always been a mixed blessing. Season 7 particularly uninteresting (mostly Negan crewing scenery and even worse mini-Negan character) BUT we also got the "Kingdom" one of the best concepts in the ZombieSilly genre. Great character in the king (and well acted) – his conversations with Carol are perfection, Tiger over the top but fun. And they are smart enough to wear armor aganist a foe that can only bite you (and not through armor).

Since Season 8 has lots more of the Kingdom, King and Carol its worth coming back for. He quotes Henry V before fighting zombies (actually people – they have almost forgotten about the zombies OK walkers…)


darclegion Inactive Member12 Jan 2018 4:30 p.m. PST

I don't know about you but I would think there would be a lot of drama going on if you were surrounded by hundreds of thousands of zombies at any given moment. Life would suck. I think that once you had it figured out something would mess it up. Restarting life. War after war. So I think they are doing a great job. But I'm no expert. I love the show. But you know they intentionally do things to Bleeped text you off. Lol. Cheers.

ced110613 Jan 2018 2:13 p.m. PST

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La Fleche17 Jan 2018 11:06 p.m. PST

What has never been adequately explained is whether or not the zombies were responsible for the seemingly complete disappearance of laundry detergent, soap and shampoo or is it that Crusties are the only people able to survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Zephyr118 Jan 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

Zombies could easily hunt you down by the smell of Tropical Ocean, Mountain Breeze, or Irish Spring alone… ;-)

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