I’ve marinated in the emotion spawned from TWD S6 finale for a little under a week. 6.16 won’t be an episode I will watch again. It got to me. Honestly I felt like I was with TF the entire time. Let’s not even talk about the POV shots from the van. Maybe I am being over the top. Maybe I am being a baby. I just felt like I was kneeling on the ground waiting for Negan’s bat like everyone else.
The entire cast deserves an emmy nomination for best ensemble cast. I didn’t see weakness from any of the actors. In fact I forgot that they were acting. We know that the nomination won’t happen, however. Andrew Lincoln needs an emmy nod. He is easily THE most underrated actor on television today. The way he was able to convey those emotions of fear and defeat throughout the finale was unreal. His eyes scared me. He went to another place. His face transformed right before my eyes and I am hard-pressed to find an actor who can take it to the next level like that. I can’t look at the pictures of Rick in the lineup. It’s just too disturbing.
Now onto that ball of twine that is the cliffhanger.
DAMN YOU SCOTT GIMPLE!!! I am so annoyed with you right now! I HATE YOU! But not for the reason you think. You see, I’m a child of the 1980s. I grew up in the decade that made the cliffhanger what it is today. I sat through the original Red Wedding that was the royal wedding on the nighttime drama “Dynasty”.
For those of you who weren’t around back then Dynasty was a drama that chronicled the life of oil tycoon Blake Carrington and his family. They lived the lavish life in Colorado. When Blake wasn’t making billions of dollars, there were cat fights in pools, shoulder pads gallore, and of course sex, sex, sex.
Blake’s youngest daughter, Amanda marries a Moldavian prince. There is a junta during their wedding and everyone is sprayed with bullets. The audience has to wait until the fall to see who survived. When the show returned later that year, only two or three minor characters were killed.
Next up of course was the century’s most important question:
“WHO SHOT JR?”
I cannot tell you guys how crazy the summer of 1980 was with this cliffhanger. When my mom took me to the playground that’s all the parents were talking about. Even the fathers had lost their minds. I remember people almost cussing each other out because of disagreements over who actually tried to murder Mr. Ewing. In Kindergarten my classmates and played out this storyline in our dramatic play area.
So getting back to why I hate Scott Gimple. I don’t hate him for the cliffhanger. Hell, it may not have been his decision. AMC probably pulled this trigger on this one. I am sure TPTB were thinking back to the infamous Dallas cliffhanger and the hoopla surrounding it. To say that the first episode of the following season was a ratings bonanza is an understatement. You have ComicCon coming up during the summer which would have been insane anyway. Then there are the TWD marathons, promotional interviews, etc. On paper this strategy looks perfect.
Now we have to endure oodles of crazy conspiracy theories and diagrams THE ENTIRE SUMMER! That’s why I hate Gimple! Map out Negan’s order and prove to us the genius that you are. Guess what? It doesn’t make a difference! The show runners can do whatever they want! Screw your diagram! Think that the POV shot in the van reveals who the victim is (Btw- I think that this is the best theory and IT’S NOT Michonne, Richonne haters)? That could be a red herring too. The point is these people are already driving me crazy and we haven’t made it one week!
Gimple I’m looking at you!
I get the logic behind all of this. I do. The show doesn’t owe me anything. I’m a veteran of this nonsense. I was fully prepared. Don’t think I’m kissing ass here because if Aaron is revealed to be Negan’s victim when the show returns in October I will flip my lid.