‘The Walking Dead’ Season VI – 5 Issues the Show is Suffering From
3. Plausibility is an Alien Concept to The Walking Dead writers
Poor reasons are given as to how a bunch of new faces appear every week in the fenced off sanctuary of Alexandria. We see that between Season 5 and Season 6 we suddenly had a bunch of new characters. Their presence was explained away by saying that they were away during the previous season. In addition to them, there were others who just appear out of nowhere. Many of these minor bit roles are either there merely as decoration or if they’re speaking parts, they are there to defy Rick and tend to get eaten by zombies. It is rather pathetically silly all these and reminds me a lot of Lostwhich suffered from the same bizarre casting disaster. New faces cannot, donot and should not just show up on magical islands in the middle of nowhere. The same logic applies also to fortified colonies in the middle of a zombie apocalypse where traffic is regulated. Everyone is accounted for and nobody comes and goes without checking in. One of the big reasons for these new faces seems to be so that the writers can simply dispense off them quickly. They are a common fodder to the zombieswhich brings up the other big, implausible device used in The Walking Dead – The Implausible Zombie. The definitive characteristics of The Implausible Zombie is sneak, he can easily creep up on unsuspecting survivors—despite being slow and really noisy (whatever happened to logic man). The Implausible Zombie, has some mad skills in that despite shuffling in a slow motion pace, can easily trap groups of the living after taking into account their speed disadvantage. The Implausible Zombie is usually used to force a plot along—trapping Glenn on his dumpster, or killing off anyone who doubts Rick’s judgment like poor Carter in the opening episode of Season 6, or that one guy who ran away in the third episode. Poor bastard. Beyond this are lots of smaller details such asday suddenly changing to night, or the other way around. The final scene in the Season 6 midseason finale being altered into something entirely different for the midseason premiere. All these small details add up and make me question the showrunners’ commitment to consistency.
4. Way Too Many Fillers
By now we have come to accept that padding with filer episodes is a The Walking Dead although that does not change the fact that we continue to dislike it. Season 6 of the show continues this tradition of padding with filler episodes that do nothing to further the plot. The second TWD thing to do is to focus on characters we don’t care about. This too, continues. For instance, Episode 5, “Now” was almost entirely filler. Almost none of the main characters we actually care about were present in that episode. The recent Wolf attack on Alexandria was barely even mentioned. Frankly, it was an episode that didn’t even need to exist, I mean, it simply had nothing to say. We wish the writers had pay heed to the wise ol’ saying – it is best to say nought when there is nought to say. The following week’s episode, “Always Accountable” furthered this tradition. It spent too much time on a relatively uneventful trip with Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl. It wasn’t nearly as bad as the previous week. However, it came during the Glenn fiasco, which made it more painful and frustrating than it had to be. The two episodes could have easily been combined and probably turned into one good episode. This would have also shortened the time between Glenn’s “death” and “resurrection.” Often, the best advice anyone can give writers is that less is more. Cut unnecessary words. Trim off the unneeded fat. Too much filler, too many episodes that could be cut or condensed, simply kill the pacing. One way to fix this would be to stop splitting episodes between small groups of characters. Have multiple stories going on at once—a la Game of Thrones—so that we’re never stuck with an episode that completely misses the mark or makes us wait for the more interesting bits. The worst part about all this filler is that it dilutes the show and makes it too scattered and lacking in focus. Credits where due, we have had episodes like the attack on Alexandria that are absolutely outstanding—tense, violent, frightening. We have episodes with such great drama and such brutal action, and then filling in the space between them we get fluff and filler. After such episodes, one once again laments the inconsistency in standard and quality of the script. Some of these episodes could probably be cut down to just a scene or two. It gives off the impression that the writers are filling a quota rather than telling the story in just the right amount of time.