“What finally killed THE WALKING DEAD?” asks this linked article. Silly, silly article writer. Nothing can kill THE WALKING DEAD. It will never go away. Even as the announcement has been made that the next season will be the last, there are reports of a spinoff series featuring Norman Reedus’s and Melissa McBride’s characters, plus those movies in the works, plus those other spinoff series already on the ground and running. It doesn’t matter how played-out the whole thing is. From the linked article: “Even the most charitable reviewer must acknowledge that the show has been languishing for years; the better of its most recent seasons have still struggled to match the verve of previous chapters, and droves of new characters have consistently failed to connect with audiences the way Rick Grimes and his OG crew once did…Ratings have been sagging for ages, and this year the show finally fell below 3 million viewers…years’ worth of characters and story developments have painted the original Walking Dead into an untenable corner. For years, no matter what writers have tried, viewers have been dropping like flies.” The author puts most of the blame for this on Negan, but is missing the point: none of it matters. It just doesn’t matter that the ratings have tanked. Despite the fact that the fans of the show have all gone away, AMC is dead-set (pardon the pun) on shoving more and more THE WALKING DEAD down our collective throats, and they don’t seem to care at all whether or not anybody is watching. Don’t try to make sense of it. Just as zombies are mindless, so too, it seems, are TV execs, who are incapable of realizing that their cash cow has given up the ghost.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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