November 2018 was zombie business as usual with The Walking Dead on Amazon Prime Video.
The Walking Dead (Season 5) [5/10]
The Walking Dead (Season 6) [5/10]
I never understood the hype of The Walking Dead as a TV show. Sure, the Telltale Games titles were great and Robert Kirkman’s original comics are awesome. But I rarely felt any emotional connection to the series. Why would I continue watching? Probably because I just want to see how far the show deviates from the books it’s based on and if there are enough dramatic scenes with lots of gore. Even if Season 5 has its moments, especially when it sticks close to the comics, the storyline and characters don’t develop as fast as they could. A few surprises along the way, but routine simply starts to set in, so it doesn’t really matter anymore if some of the characters die or not. However, what’s much worse is that when it finally gets suspenseful, the season ends with a very unsatisfying cliffhanger.
The sixth season makes the same mistake as the previous one. It builds to a great finale that is just cut off when it gets interesting. At least the series is back on track with the source material, introducing the ruthless Saviors and their leader Negan, but what happens before is simply a repetition of the same old survival themes the series has always relied on, although there is a touching episode about the character Morgan that shows how he changed from being a egoistic and unstable killer into a pacifist. It’s not wrong to stick to special themes, but with a runtime of 45-60 minutes per episode there’s only so much you can bear with people talking, walking, and sometimes killing before boredom and indifference set in.
All in all, The Walking Dead hasn’t changed my perception much, just confirming my opinion that the hype isn’t justified and that there are much better TV shows with zombies out there to spend one’s time on. But then again one still wants to know what happens next; the inevitable TV show problem.