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The flashback-laden "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" is slow to deliver the payoff from last season's finale -- but ultimately delivers with sadistic acts of gut-wrenching violence that will push Walking Dead fans to their limit.
The show's creative team has not lost its taste for jerking fans of the TV show around and it remains committed to refining and retuning the biggest moments from the book, without jettisoning them completely.
Being beaten over the head by big bad Negan just felt like lousy storytelling. Showing less could have actually been more suspenseful.
Lincoln warned us this episode would be gut-wrenching.
If this is what a hit TV series is about -- the slaughter of the sacrificial lamb on occasion to draw us in, to watch, to gape, to write reviews -- then maybe we should ask ourselves why we are watching.
It was miserable, and tedious, and made me feel bad. Not in an emotionally compelling way, just in a "I could be watching something of value" way.
Yeah, so that was as brutal and wrenching an hour of television as we're ever likely to see. And it had to be. Because the point of this season 7 premiere was to show Rick-and by extension us-that nothing is ever going to be the same now.
The episode was undeniable brutal but proved The Walking Dead has yet to desensitize us from everything it is capable of.
The thing is, I'm invested. No, that's not right. I just know that I can't get those past 6 seasons back, so why not keep going? I know I'm going to watch at least the next episode. [Audible sigh]
The Walking Dead has little concept of what bothered fans in the first place.
"The Walking Dead" may have committed the cardinal sin of trolling, but it's exciting to see the series move past it into more emotionally complex territory.
After six years, we've come to love the living characters on The Walking Dead in the same way we have those in a show like Friday Night Lights or Lost. But getting attached is what makes major moments like Sunday's deaths pay off in such a big way.
This wasn't quality television, and it wasn't suspenseful drama. It was torture-porn masquerading as storytelling, and AMC should be ashamed for airing it.