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Did Negan Kick THE WALKING DEAD Over The Shark?

It’s as good a point to pick as any. The reasons for a show’s decline are myriad. One can’t pinpoint just one. (Unless we’re talking about DARK SHADOWS, in which case I *was* able to pinpoint just one reason why the series was cancelled. One overriding reason, if there were others, one that carried far more weight. I won’t make you click on a link to my previous article to find out what that reason was. Jonathan Frid’s contract was up, and he refused to resign. That’s the reason DARK SHADOWS ended. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.) It wasn’t *just* the introduction of Negan that signaled THE WALKING DEAD jumping the shark, no. It wasn’t *just* the pushing of the envelope with the onscreen violence. But it is a fact that it was at this point that the ratings started to dwindle, the viewers started to go away. What was viewed at the time as the show’s Launchpad to bigger and grander things instead turned out to be its high-water mark. Hey, don’t get mad at me. These guys are the ones saying it so vociferously.

It’s the same thing that happened with MELROSE PLACE. Flashback to the early 90s, and that show was on fire, man. I, along with millions of others, was lapping up all the sleaze and melodrama it could serve. (Yes, I know it’s surprising, as MELROSE PLACE isn’t the sort of thing I’m known for following, but what can I say? I was in my early 20s and had a thing for the show’s babes.) This led to the blowing-up of the titular apartment complex by the batshit Kimberly, the show’s villain. Oh, man, I thought, we all thought, this is really getting GOOD! But after that explosion, the show was never the same. It lost its edge. It jumped the shark. As has THE WALKING DEAD. Should we blame Negan for it? Why not?

TheCheezman • December 6, 2019

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