S’long, Carl (Again)
I’m not going to extend myself the way so many followers of pop culture have done, and are doing. They are predicting the end of THE WALKING DEAD. They are claiming that it has jumped the shark. I’m not gonna fall for that. I’ve been one of those people in the past. I watched as ratings dropped and I predicted it was the beginning of a slow, steady, torturous decline culminating with the end of the series. Then the ratings would jump right back up again and I’d feel silly. I figure that’s what will happen this time. I now suspect THE WALKING DEAD will never end. Carl’s death on the season eight mid-season premiere–his slow, steady, torturous demise–may have pissed off both the show’s hardline fans and it’s own cast members–all of whom have done their fair share of grousing on social media these past few weeks–but I suspect that, contrary to the current predictions, the show will ride it out and ratings will again rebound.
I have to admit, though, I would’ve liked to have seen Carl remain on the show–as a Walker. No, it wouldn’t be what the character would have wanted, but think of the drama it would have carried with it. And Chandler Riggs wouldn’t be left without a job now. They coulda made it work.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
MORTUI VELOCES SUNT!