The Walking Dead Director Greg Nicotero's Asinine Excuse for Season-Ending Cop-Out
Spoilers, sort of (as much as you can spoil an anti-climactic non-reveal)...
Greg Nicotero on the decision not to show who died: I remember sitting in the theater watching
Empire Strikes Back and having Darth Vader say “I am your father” and I was shocked and amazed, and I don’t remember being angry. I don’t remember saying, “Oh, I give up on
Star Wars because that’s lame.”
Which only goes to show how utterly and completely
he's missed the point. How much would he have liked Empire Strikes Back
if it ended with Darth Vader saying "Luke, I am–" and then cut to black?
He goes on to say: Yeah, it’s agonizing to have to wait, but this was the end of our story, and we have an entirely new story coming up.
Except, again... No it wasn't.
The fandom is pissed because they ended the episode without
showing the end of the story. The whole episode – the last few episodes, really – were all build-up to a climax that never came.
Basically, The Walking Dead
gave the entire fandom blue balls.
They want us to spend the summer excited for the next season... We won't. We're going to be sore for a little while, then move on to a show that doesn't tease us with promises of gratification that it has no intention of fulfilling.
And, honestly, that's actually the most generous possible interpretation. The more cynical – and therefore, probably more truthful – interpretation is that they copped out of showing who died because they wanted to manipulate the fandom into believing it would actually be a main character, when in reality, they don't have the guts to risk it.
I mean, we all know that The Walking Dead
lost its teeth years ago. Though it may have once been a show where anybody could die, it has long been one where only secondary characters are at risk (mostly people of color and the odd lesbian). If they had defied all expectations and actually killed off a main character, that would be the kind of mind-blowing moment of dramatic impact (no pun intended) you want a season to go out on. If they passed up that opportunity, it's only because it didn't actually happen.
Just wait. When season 7 comes around, the death will be revealed as that one gay dude from Alexandria who suddenly popped up again this episode for no apparent reason. They'll bury him in the cemetery under a blank tombstone, next to all the other dead bit players whose names no one even remembers. #tv #thewalkingdead #glennisnotdead #rant