What comes to mind when you hear the word, ‘Walkers’? For some, they think of those crisps, whose ads are controlled by Gary Linekar while others recognise the word as a term for zombies in the hit American TV Show, The Walking Dead. The season six finale, titled ‘Last Day on Earth’ had me screaming and shouting, demanding for answers as well as collecting ‘evidence’ to support my theories of the finale.
The show – adapted from writer, Robert Kirkman’s comic books – follows a group of survivors, in a zombie apocalypse, who move from one temporary haven to another before finally settling in the protected area, Alexandria. The group, led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), slowly tackle adapting to the Alexandrian way. Rick’s group are able to teach the Alexandrians the right way to survive but Rick ends up getting Alexandria in trouble. The team’s cockiness lands them in hot water with Negan played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
I am an avid fan of the show and I was excited for the introduction of Negan. An intimidating, (and a psychotically sexy!) bad guy, although I miss Negan’s quirky funny swears from the comic book. All that fades when we meet Negan’s weapon, Lucille. This bat covered in barbed wire caused great tension in fans as well as joy or as Negan puts it ‘She is awesome!’ The fan favourite character was getting the screen and it was served justice. Jeffrey Dean Morgan spectacularly threw himself into this role and the result came out well. Character depiction was spot on but the season finale! I was sitting in the corner of my room, clutching my hair and frantically hyperventilating.
Negan meets Rick’s group. It was and I quote from Negan, ‘pee-pee pants city here’. Negan punishes the group by beating ‘the holy hell outta’ one of the group members. The moment is intense with Negan constantly deciding who to ‘Lucille’. Negan decides to settle it the traditional way, using the rhyme ‘Eeny Meeny Miny Moe’ to decide who to kill. Before the victim is unveiled, we are switched to the victim’s point of view, watching Negan beat us to the pulp with Lucille and the screams of the group, drowned by the rhythm of Lucille beating us and Negan praising us ‘Taking it like a champ!’.
When the credits rolled, my remote found itself wedged right in the middle of the TV screen. (Not really(!)) I wanted to know who got beat up by Lucille. So I was upset with the finale. It was fantastically delivered but it got me wired up, not knowing who came face-to-face with Lucille. Season seven better answer my question and unfortunately season seven returns in October. So that will be a great few months of intensive therapy for me. That finale was definitely the ‘Last Day on Earth’ because all hell is going to break loose … so brace yourselves.