Five reasons why I’m looking forward to “The Walking Dead’s” return

There will be spoilers from the comic, so if you don’t want to know what may possibly happen in the television show, quit reading now.

Going once…

Twice…

Sold…

I’ll admit to being a fan boy of the comic and the television show, but don’t let that fool you. I criticize it regularly, especially after the Glenn fiasco in the first half of this season. As a fan, I hated the way they manipulated our emotions. It seemed like a cheap way to invigorate talk (kind of like I’m doing now), and set the internet ablaze. You know what they say, “Good press or bad press, it doesn’t really matter. Press is press.”

But, as a writer and knowing the source material, after a month of being irritated, I took a different perspective, which is the first reason on my list…

  1. We all know Negan puts Glenn’s brains on the pavement in the comic book. It’s the only image in the entire series so far that’s made me turn my head away. Why? Because Glenn is as awesome in the comic as on the show and it was damn hard to look at. And it’s iconic, this moment in the comic, and highly anticipated by so many fans of both mediums. And once a show gets to that point, where the fan anticipation for a single moment is so high, it can pretty much commit suicide with the wrong move. So, why is this on my list, since Glenn is obviously still alive? I want to know, after they fiddlefucked with our emotions earlier, will they actually kill Glenn at that moment? I think the episode, Thank You, was meant to put us off our guard, to get us wondering one simple thing: “Holy shit, if Glenn is dead, who is Negan going to kill in that moment?” They opened the door for Negan to kill anyone and, with Glenn’s miraculous (if bullshitty) escape, that list now includes Glenn (again). And, as fans, we’re right where the writers want us: we have no idea who Lucille is going to drink of, and that’s exciting.
  2. Will Carl Grimes lose his eye? In the comic, an errant bullet from Douglas Monroe’s gun puts Carl down for a time. Now that Deanna (the show’s Douglas counterpart) is dead and probably a zombie, where’s that bullet going to come from? Happy bets go on Ron’s gun (and, truth be told, I’m laying odds there, too), but you never know. It could be the Wolf that’s running free now, or any random Alexandrian. What I do know is that Rick needs a reason to stay and fight for Alexandria, and in the comic, Carl’s life was that reason. We’ve all probably seen the pictures circulating the internet with Chandler Riggs‘ head wrapped in a bandage, but the show is also known for leaking fake set photos. Still, I’m thinking he loses it, but can’t wait to see for sure.
  3. The Morgan v Carol showdown. If you’re a fan of the comic, you know Morgan and Michonne are having “relations.” When the walkers breach the wall, Morgan is bitten, and Michonne hacks off Morgan’s arm in an attempt to save his life. She fails, Morgan dies, and she puts her katana in his brain. That’s obviously not the setup on the television show, and I want to know how Morgan and Carol are going to end. Will Morgan break his “all life is precious” philosophy by killing Carol, or will this badass female kill Morgan because his philosophy threatens everyone? Considering the show and that the Wolf kidnapped Denise, I half suspect Morgan will get bit saving Denise, and Carol will put him down.
  4. I want to know if they give Abraham a better death. Again, if you follow the comic at all, you know Dwight puts a crossbow bolt through Abraham’s eye (from behind, to boot) while Abraham and Eugene are strolling and chatting about Rosita. It’s such a shitty death for such a strong character, and I don’t care how much it promotes the “anyone can go at anytime” motif The Walking Dead is known for. Sadly, Abraham was much better utilized in the comic than the show, so my hope is they honor the character overall with a more fitting death in the television series. Of course, one can argue that if he goes the same way, it’s going to be honorable, considering the crossbow will be Daryl’s. I mention this merely because in the comic, this death happens before Glenn’s, so if the show follows the comic, Abraham will be dead before the finale.
  5. The last reason on my list? Negan himself, of course. I know we’ll be waiting until the finale to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the iconic character, but there’s a lot riding on this. Negan is, well, unique. Some have called him a true sociopath and, honestly, I don’t know if he is. What I know is that he has a penchant for the word fuck, something of a fun, outgoing personality, and an unmatched brutality. Personally, I won’t mind if they can’t squeeze in every fuck he utters (though, I know some people will ). I will mind if they can’t capture Negan’s spirit. It’s very happy-go-lucky, which is quite at odds with some of the things he does. It’s what makes him so interesting. That personality has to be there for Negan to be effective, and that can be accomplished without the word fuck. That’s just icing on an otherwise fucking tasty fuckety fucking cake.

There you have it, Brownies. My reasons for wanting the show to come back. What are yours?

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