Everyone knows that man is the real monster.
This concept has been drilled into us by every zombie movie that’s ever existed, from harrowing tales like 28 Days Later, to softer alternatives like Zombieland.
A zombie virus didn’t kill Bill Murray. Jesse Eisenberg did.
Now, though, it seems that The Walking Dead is building towards an ultimate expression of this concept, with “all out war” declared among the show’s surviving human factions.
Here’s the full synopsis for part two of Season Seven:
“The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.
Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose – to defeat Negan – it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable. We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before.
We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.”
This approach for the show definitely seems to be where things are heading, and it makes sense, considering the fact that, after so many years, the actual threat of walkers within The Walking Dead feels a little hollow.
The survivors have learnt to deal with any zombie threat that comes their way (otherwise they’d already be long dead), meaning that, in order to keep things interesting, the showrunners need to step up the danger provided by various human leaders.
A post-apocalypse war certainly sounds exciting, but this focus on gory politics over undead annihilation hasn’t won the show many fans. Ratings for The Walking Dead have been slowly slipping throughout season seven thus far.
This is why the show needs a big battle to liven things up, but with fewer regular viewers, will such a war succeed in helping The Walking Dead out of its recent ratings rut?
Only time will tell.