The Walking Dead Season 7, American tv series (2016/2017)

I recently read that one of the executive producers for The Walking Dead can see the show running for about 25-30 more years. Let’s let that sink in for a minute. A television series about a post apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over, could potentially reach a season 30. Now, as much as I am fan of this series (it still ranks as my alltime number one show), even I have trouble believing a statement like that. There are only so many places you can go to with a concept like this and keep it interesting. It’s still a great watch, but from an objective point of view I have to admit it just isn’t as strong as it used to be anymore. Season 7 is a great example of this as the series is now definitely beginning to show a few cracks in it’s otherwise shining armour. But before I’m already going to head into full review mode, let’s just see what the storyline for this season is all about.

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One has to admire a man that gives a name to his baseball bat. 

This season starts where  season 6 ended, right in the middle of a pretty big mess. The new bad guy, Negan, looms thriumphantly over our heroes with his pet bat Lucille promising to bash someone’s brains in. Yes you heard that right, this guy actually gave his bat that has been wrapped in barbed wire a name. And more horrifyingly he really keeps his promise as two people of the main cast don’t survive the encounter. It is the first time we see a truly broken Rick, that comes to the conclusion that he isn’t in charge anymore: Negan is. It is a truly depressing fact, and one that carries over for most of the rest of the season. And Negan really puts the screws on everyone, as he gives orders to find as much supplies as they can for him, or else suffer the consequences. It seems that this time there really is no way out for our heroes as Negan and his army are all but invincible. But there is always hope. Slowly new alliances are formed and plans are being made to take the fight to Negan. But in this world no one can be fully trusted, and Negan’s spies are everywhere. The rebellion against him might just be over, before it even has a chance to start…..

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I smell something rotten…..

The first episode of this season has got to be the most heartpounding, stomache churning and quite frankly most horrible 45 minutes of television that I have ever seen. I went into that episode with a heart rate that must have raised quite a number of alarmbells if it would have been monitored at the time, and left it as a broken man. It was truly and utterly devestating, and that’s what the creators of course went for. One has to wonder though if things did not go too far, as the level of brutality in that episode really was completely off the charts. Whatever your thoughts are on that episode, one can’t deny the fact that it contained a few incredibly tense and nailbiting scenes, that really managed to create a level of fear that all bets are now truly off. The rest of the season however, never even once came close to that level of fear again. It was almost as if the writers did not know how to proceed forward from this point on.

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This season they really went full out to make sure the dead wear the latest trends in fashion.

Most of the cast is seperated from each other throughout this season, and we get episodes that at times focus on a single character, or small groups of them. While this is not a bad thing in itself, the execution for it leaves much to be desired. Some of the episodes in this season are just plain dull, with not much of anything really happening. We get introduced to a couple of new characters, of which the most noteworthy of these is King Ezekiel. Played by the relatively unknown actor Khary Payton, Ezekiel seems to have walked straight out of the Middle Ages into the modern world. And even better he has a tiger that accompanies him. It makes for a great character that unfortunately was a bit underused in my opinion. But that’s pretty much the problem with this entire season: it really serves as a build up to something big and as such really takes things slow, and at times a bit too slow.

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The lions, the tigers, the bears…..oh my…..

But not everything in this season is bad though. The real saving grace is the character of Negan played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Wow, will you grow to hate this man with a vengeance, but at the same time laugh at him as well. Because really, Negan is funny. He is deliciously evil, and some of his (bad) jokes are just seriously funny. You don’t want to laugh at them, but you just can’t help yourself in doing so. Negan really is a terrific villain and the absolute highlight of this season. Most, if not all of the scenes he appears in are a delight to watch. And then there is Rick. Andrew Lincoln has always been a very impressive actor, but this season he plays Rick to the fullest, and some of his scenes will leave you with goosebumps on your arms. He really still is the driving force of this show, and if he were ever to leave the Walking Dead, I would say it’s time to pull the plug.

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25 more seasons? Really? Please somebody just shoot me now! 

This season leaves me with a lot of conflicting emotions. It starts off with a bang, but then seems to fizzle and never can quite rediscover it’s momentum. While there is still enough for me to enjoy being an enormous fan of the series, more casual viewers will probably find the pacing too slow in order for them to really have fun with it. The season’s finale also wasn’t as big as in previous seasons. So one has to wonder what this means for the future of the show. Season 8 has just reached it’s midseason episode (and I have heard it rumored that it again contained quite a shock), and also promises to really start the war between Rick and Negan in earnest. But what then? Where can the show go after that war concludes? As much as I love this series, it is a concept that I think can’t be taken much further than it already has. It was the same problem that 24 eventually faced: the show just became a rehash of things that we had already seen in previous seasons. Still, I will never stop watching it, right up until the end. I just love it too much for that. The score below for this season represents watching it as a fan. If you are a more casual viewer you might want to deduct one or even two points from it.

I give The Walking Dead season 7 a 8 out of 10 score.

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36 thoughts on “The Walking Dead Season 7, American tv series (2016/2017)”

  1. I’m just one episode away from series 8 mid term finale! As the series is based on the comics (of which there are 176 episodes so far!) I can see it going on forever! Obviously the TV series changes things up a bit here and there, but there are still loads of storylines to tap in to.

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    1. Well, I would not mind it all. As I mentioned, I still love the series even though it isn’t as strong as it used to be, but I am a fan for life, and will never stop watching it. Looking forward to season 8 though, some of the clips that I have seen for it, look awesome 😊😊

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  2. Season 6 was the last season I saw. Even though we have season 7 available, I’ve only seen the first 4 episodes. Having written fanfiction about the show I know every episode inside out since the beginning, which has caused me to be very critical when it comes to new episodes/seasons. Therefore I don’t think the series will go on for many years, it’ll die out if they keep going down the path their on now.
    Jeffrey (Negan) really is the star of season 7. Having a great villain is what keeps a show going sometimes.
    I’m planning on eventually finishing season 7 as your review is very good (once again haha). Let’s hope the next season will be good too.

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    1. Haha, thank you very much, appreciate the kind words 😊
      Yeah I have to admit that I am a little biased for this show, and tend to forgive quite a lot. But even I have to admit this season just wasn’t the best. But nonetheless there was still enough to enjoy, Negan’s antics being one of those things 😀
      I’m thinking that after this war they really will have a hard time finding where to go next, but who knows? They might find something we haven’t thought of yet. Cool thing about the fanfiction by the way: that’s awesome 😀😀

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  3. I’ve never felt tempted to watch TWD as I absolutely hate zombies but I can see the appeal. However, I’ve been hearing how disappointing it has become throughout the seasons. From your review, I can now see that might ring true.
    I don’t know, man, but 30 years? For a show that is already fizzling down a little? Don’t think so. When even fans start to complain about its repetitiveness and lack of direction, you know it’s in trouble.
    Unfortunately, I can’t get on board with brutality and gruesomeness just for the sake of shock value (says the girl who also watches GoT!) so that would be one less motive for me to watch this.
    Again, I can see why it has such a large fanbase but I don’t think I’d enjoy it at all, except as a very hardcore fan of intricate storylines and amazing character development. Plus, I wouldn’t want to finish each episode completely heartbroken.
    Awesome review, of course! 🙂

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    1. Well, you are not the only one that doesn’t like zombies. A colleague of mine absolutely despises them in faxt: but guess what? I convinced her to give this show a try and she is hooked on it nonetheless. The point is while of course there are zombies (duh), the main focus of the show is the characters and the survival of them in a post apocalyptic world. It’s that aspect that really has made it such a compelling watch. It certainly hasn’t got more brutality in it than Game of Thrones, that’s for sure. Just as that juggernaut, it just features some incredible shocking deaths and reveals, which in my opinion keeps it interesting. Yes, the series certainly isn’t the same anymore as it used to be, but who knows they might find a new light at the end of the tunnel and get it restarted again. I still don’t think it’s going to end anytime season, but 25-30 seasons more is just crazy talk lol.
      But I don’t know if you would like it. You might want to give at least the pilot a chance and see what it’s all about. My colleague from work got hooked in it after that one, so if it doesn’t happen at that point, it probably never will.
      As always thank you for your amazing and very kind comment: really appreciate it 😊😊

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  4. 25-30 more years of walking dead? oh my gosh!! That’s insane.. haha.. I only watched the first season. It’s too gruesome for me.. hehe.. my co-worker loves it and always talking about it but I just couldn’t handle all that ugly zombies walking around haha.. I’m glad you enjoyed it though and I guess you will be planning to watch season 30 if they have it?

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    1. Haha, well I have to admit if it will ever reach season 30 (and honestly I highly doubt that will happen), I will definitely still be watching it. But yeah I can understand that: it really can be pretty gruesome at times, I won’t deny thst fact. But it’s the characters that I really love and make it such a compelling watch for me 😊

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  5. The last season I watched was the one with the “Governor “. Somehow I’ve fallen behind. I’m glad Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the cast. He’s been a favorite of mine since he played Sam and Dean’s dad on Supernatural. I really need to catch up with this show. But to be honest, I hope they go out on a high note rather than stretching it out too long so it fizzles.

    And Michel, I absolutely love your captions under the pics. Too funny!😂🤣

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    1. Yeah, it’s definitely still worth watching (and honestly I am really forgiving when it comes to this show as I love it so much), but I do hope that season 8 will pick up the pace a bit more. And if you are a fan of Jeffrey Dean, you might not be anymore after seeing him in this role lol. He is a truly evil and sadistic character, but he plays it so well. Hope you will catch up to it eventually: you are still in for quite a few shocks that’s for sure 😊
      And of course thanks for the kind words: glad you liked the captions. They are becoming increasingly harder lol 😂😂

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  6. I enjoyed season 7 enough. I think the problem with each season is they’re maybe a bit too long. There tends to be little going on for a few episodes and they almost have a formula for which episodes will raise the tension a little… personally, it’d be ideal if they put what they give us in 16 episodes over 10.

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    1. Hmm, you moght be right about that, although the previous seasons did not feel like that to me. No matter what happens though, I will always support this series. It is my number 1 show, and I will stick with it until it ends. But you may be right. Shorter seasons could definitely help, but then again, some of the slower episodes of this season, all did have something in them that I enjoyed in some way 😊

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  7. Whoa- I like this show- although I’m a couple of seasons behind- but there’s *no way* anything should go on for 30 years! What!? That’s just ridiculous to me. In my mind as well, I always think about the best series having a satisfying conclusion and working towards an end point. I really agree that there’s only so many directions *any* show can go in (sorry for the mini rant there lol 😉 ) Anyway, I really need to catch up on this, because Negan sounds awesome (in a “he’s totally an absolute crazy person” kind of way) hehehe love that Rick pic- you’re right- he’s begging the producers not to put him through 25 more years of pain lol! It’s such a shame this show is already starting to rehash things. Really great review!

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    1. Yeah, but it’s not going to happen anyway. I don’t see any show with a concept like this lasting for 30 years. You can only take it so far. I know the comic is now at issue 176, so yeah there is plenty of source material. But still the television audience is just pretty selective. I love the series, and as I said I will stick with it until it ends. Even though there are some cracks now, it’s still enjoyable, and that’s definitely because of Negan (and you are right…he is quite crazy lol 😂😂). Thanks again for your great comment and kindness 😀

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      1. hehe I completely agree (although I know producers like to drag things out, so even if it’s not 30 years, it still might go on too long) WOW yeah that is a lot. And that makes sense. hehehe I do want to pick it up again at some point 😉 You’re welcome!! 😄

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    1. Well, one of my colleagues absolutely hates zombies, but really likes this series. It’s probably because it’s more a series about characters, survival and friendship, than it is about zombies. But yeah, I don’t see it going for another 20 years either. No matter how much I love it 😂😂 Thanks for your comment and the words of praise: awesome 😊

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  8. Excellent review, Michel. I’m up to date with the show. Saw the midseason finale yesterday too (did you?). Season 7 definitely starts off great and then retreats into dullness, especially when it focuses on some of the most boring characters (ones that aren’t that amazing as actors either to be honest…) and then sparks back some good stuff at the end. I feel like it’s like that every season too. I hope they finish the series at like season 10 or something. Especially if they continue to follow, even a little, where the comics are going. I mean.. if Robert Kirkman concludes his comic series, the guys behind the show better consider to do the same too!! 😀 Again, great review. 😉

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    1. No I always wait until it gets released on dvd and make a yearly event for it where I lock my doors and bingewatch the entire season lol.
      But true, this season while stil very enjoyable, just had too many filler episodes which is a shame. That is also one of the reasons why I don’t see this going on for another 20 years anymore. As much as I love this series I think 10-11 seasons sounds perfect. It is better to conclude something on a high note instead of it turning into a rehash show in which it repeats things it did before. But with 176 comic issues now I guess there is still enough source material. Again: thank you for the kind words 😀

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  9. So I couldn’t read this because I left off where Negan is introduced and I read enough to see Negan and cringed! He did a great job as a villian but I can’t forget the scene with Glen he broke my heart is pieces! Glen was my favorite with his love for Maggie!!! Just thinking about it I am getting sad! But I’m sure your review is just as fantastic as you!!! Which is incredibly amazing!!!😍

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    1. Haha, no worries, my reviews are always spoiler free. So I won’t give anything away fir this season. But so true, that scene with Glen nearly gave me a heart attack. It was truly heartbreaking and it made me seriously hard Negan…UGG…within vengeance 😂
      Thanks again for yet another lovely comment 😊😊

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  10. I was 15 when this show started airing, and up to now I’m watching it with my mom and sis. This show never fails us! Every character is so attached to us, and I somehow find that a main character dying is to hard for us~ But even if it will continue up 30 seasons, we’re still in! 🙂 And this mid season finale episode broke my heart. Now I can’t wait to see the next one again!

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    1. It’s the same with me as well. Even though I have to admit the show isn’t as good anymore as in the beginning, I will never give up on it. I just enjoy it too much for that to happen. It’s the characters that really make this show, completely agree. As strange as that may sound, they kind of feel like family 😊

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  11. Wait, wait, wait…. how many more years!?!?!?! My hell, that’s a commitment lol
    Kind of bitter sweet I’d say! I might have to give it a rest for a few years after this season is over, just so that I can binge it all at once. Just waiting week by week almost kills me! LOL

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    1. Lol, that actually sounds like a great idea lol 😂😂😂 But honestly I doubt this series will ever reach that many seasons. As much as I love it, and would not mind it going on forever, I don’t think it would retain the same level of quality. But…who knows, stranger things have happened 😊

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  12. I’ve watched the walking dead for years and have read all of the comics but the show isn’t the same any more. It just doesn’t feel the same for me, probably because of the oversaturation of the genre of zombies.

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    1. It’s the same with me. I love the series and will definitely stick with it until it ends, but it definitely has changed from what it was. The tension that was always so good, is defintely missing. That said, I still love the characters and that’s one of the main reasons I’m still watching it. Thanks for your comment 😊

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      1. SPOILER : when Carl got bit the whole time im thinking man this is what the show needed. But I was very disappointed with how they did it. Should have used it towards their advantage

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      2. Yeah I haven’t seen that episode yet, but I have heard that happened. It seems like they just do these things to cause shock, but I don’t know if it’s what the show needs right now 😊

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      3. It needs something just dragging on isn’t helping. This is one of the best parts of the comics but it isn’t translating. But we seem to be on the same page😂

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