04th Apr2017

‘The Walking Dead 7×16: First Day of the Rest of Your Life’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan | Created by Robert Kirkman


So, the finale for The Walking Dead season 7 is here and we now have the answer to the question, just how would it end? With the almost inevitable deaths, a battle, and even a tiger the war on Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as definitely begun.

Tipped off that Negan will be arriving in a few days with a sizable force, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) puts together a plan for an ambush. When the inevitable battle begins though, just who holds all the card in the deadly game of poker?

It comes as no surprise really that not everything would go as planned. Both sides of the battle have elements that could spoil the party. This includes Negan’s new bargaining tool Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) who we know isn’t looking to play along with the Saviours plans.

With this being the finale though, and based on the horror that befell Rick’s group last year, it would be assumed that they would have a more positive outcome this time. Without spoiling things, the battle is more interesting than just being a gunfight as certain members of the groups turn on each other, stab each other in the back and put the main characters in danger.

The highlight of course is the arrival of the Kingdom, with Ezekiel’s (Khary Payton) tiger having the best moment of the episode. It is almost comical to see Negan’s reaction to the tiger, and another event that he is part of, though I’m not sure if it really should have been that funny. The way things played out though was quite slapstick. Though the tiger kicked (or bit) major ass in this episode and it is really satisfying to see it finally get to be a tiger and not just a really big pet cat.

Watching the fallout at the end of this episode of The Walking Dead, it is nice to see a positive outcome, and a real feel that the fightback has finally started. It is also good to see that Negan is far from defeated, proclaiming that the Saviours are going to war. The idea of course is that he must apply some force to pull people back in line and for them to know who is boss. It may be a losing battle for him though as the tide is finally turning.

Eugene (Josh McDermitt) is a character that I’ve found myself defending in the last few weeks as he became a “Negan” but this week his intentions were finally shown. He has taken stock of which side will allow him to survive and he has betrayed his friends. I doubt there is any chance for him to come back from that, especially when Rick showed every intention of letting him have the same fate of the Saviours.

This finale of The Walking Dead does feel like a fitting end to this season, but there is also a feel that the show as a whole needs more focus. Season 8 can’t just be Negan showing up again and people struggling under his dominance. If anything, the show really does need something new, or a changing in the balance of power to allow Negan to become more interesting. The character, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have the power to do that, now we just need the writing to fit what the future of the show really needs.

**** 4/5

The Walking Dead airs in the UK on Fox, Mondays 9pm.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek


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