Way OT - Weird question about the Walking Dead last 2 episodes NO SPOILERS

Submitted by trueblue262 on March 8th, 2018 at 11:24 AM

Because of the fact that this is the place where I get ALL of my information from......(good information anyways).  I have a weird question about the 2 latest episodes of the WD. I watched them both yesterday to get caught up. While watching, I have noticed something weird with the filming, and I was wondering if anybody else had noticed it as well. It just seemed "weird", like very low budget. 

Did anyone else notice that? Could be a setting on the TV, or who knows........could have been the gummy bears I ate.



March 8th, 2018 at 11:28 AM ^

I watched the premier, but have not watched the most recent episode. I know what you mean, but I didn’t notice anything like that. At least in the premier.


March 8th, 2018 at 1:58 PM ^

And to round out my top 5 in no order, Sopranos and Breaking Bad.

I've been watching from the start, but also have been reading the comics since like issue #4. So I feel really attached. With the Carl situation and Maggie rumored to be on the way out, it may be time to cut back to the comic and Gear the Walking Dead, which easily became the better show last season.


March 8th, 2018 at 4:08 PM ^

Difference between Breaking Bad and Walking Dead:  Vince Gilligan went into it with a story arc that, once it was done, was done.  Dead will keep dragging until the audience falls away or primary actors split, kind of like All in the Family or Happy Days did when I was much younger.  Then people will say, "Oh yeah, I still love early Dead episodes, but anything after (whatever actor name) left sucks."


March 8th, 2018 at 2:45 PM ^

I’m still hanging in as well. I can’t figure out if the show has completely gone off the rails & i’m In denial or if it still retains a thread of goodness & will eventually get back on track.

As for Fear the Walking Dead, it has progressively gotten better, but I’m not ready to give it a full endorsement yet. It remains more potential than actual.


March 8th, 2018 at 11:29 AM ^

isn't what you are looking for, but if a show about zombies can jump the shark, this show did. I can't stand it anymore, but yes I noticed it. I think it's to differentiate the different time periods. I could be wrong, but that's what I think. Also, I hate the show now.

I Like Burgers

March 8th, 2018 at 11:38 AM ^

I stopped watching a few episodes ago.  Somewhere around halfway through the first half of this season.  Last thing I remember was Maggie had a bunch of people locked in a cage, Gabe and Negan were locked in a trailer, and Rick was also locked in a trailer.

I thought the whole war to start the season was unrealistic as hell (even for a zombie show) and drawn out, then I missed a few episodes, heard Carl died, realized I didn't care that he died, and then decided not to catch back up on the old episodes, and just let the show go.

Which is a shame.  It use to be appointment viewing for me.  HAD to watch it live, and would watch that over Sunday Night Football and anything else that was on Sunday night.


March 8th, 2018 at 12:05 PM ^

was never a huge fan of the show, my wife has watched it from the beginning as appointment viewing so a lot of times I watched it almost unintentionally.  I have noticed a couple of things about it that really prevent it from being a "good show" in my opinion. 

First, the characters motivations are never firmly established and can change on a whim to serve the plot.  It is almost like "Always Sunny" in this way, in any given episode any one of the characters can almost adopt a "purpose" or a "characteristic" that had not previously been a thing.  All of the sudden, Carol has PTSD - that is a thing now.  Carl becomes a pacifist like two weeks after breaking in and trying to kill Negan himself, because ???

Also, I don't think I have ever seen the show deliver anything subtle.  Either the actors or the writers or both have very limited range, because the show cannot do "understated" or "unspoken."  There is just no depth to the interactions between the characters.

Lastly, they have simply let the cast get too big.  Even with a few notable departures in the last couple of season, at any time the show can focus of the "side-adventure" of two characters and I will be like "who the hell are these two people."  At some point there are just too many people, and that is a major problem with the Walking Dead.

I still watch it when she does, kind of holding out hope that something is going to click and the show will become something greater than the sum or its parts but it's not looking good.



March 8th, 2018 at 2:05 PM ^

When Glen died, and they split the primary group up into completely different settlements, that is when it started becoming really muddy to wade through. I’ve watched it all and this season has really started to make me think - “Should I just stop recording each episode?”

At points I’ve wondered why they don’t just cut their losses and drive off to a location away from the Savior domain. This would leave Negan in place for a possible later date and would put the core group back in place. I think the Negan/Savior thing has run its course and it’s time to just move on. Either kill him or get away from him. Just too many subplots going on right now to keep it interesting.


March 8th, 2018 at 1:36 PM ^

I still like the show but the war has gone on too long. I liked how they ended the Terminus cannibals is just a show or two - I was worried that was going to take the "Governor" path and keep going. Neegan was a fine counterpoint but this is just too long of a story line.

I think the scenes in the future are filmed in fuzziness aka Penthouse mode. The past may also have some special slightly different technique.

I tried watching the prequel zombie show "Fear the Walking Dead" and did not like it, only watched a couple episodes. 

My new favorite is Van Helsing - slow to start but picks up after a few shows. Sam is a creepy dude just like he was in Hell on Wheels as I think the Swede.


March 8th, 2018 at 11:32 AM ^

I don't think it was low budget, but the last episode was weird with the way they showed the peoples name on the screen.  I didn't get that.  Still love the show, but the Negan narrative needs to end soon.

Chalky White

March 8th, 2018 at 12:46 PM ^

They say they never resolve anything in the comic either. They just keep fighting other groups. I stopped watching after the first episode last season. I binge watched the rest of the season thinking the guy from Grey's Anatomy was finally going to be killed at the end. When he was still around, I couldn't believe I had wasted 16 hours that I would never get back. I said this season if I decided to watch, I wouldn't start until March after their ridiculously long mid season break.

I watched the first episode and saw the most absurd fight scene ever. You have all of these guns ready to fire behind shields. The guy you want to kill is standing right there unarmed. I knew they didn't plan to end it in the first episode. Why do they piss on my chest but tell me it's raining? At least have the courtesy to piss on my back.


March 8th, 2018 at 11:38 AM ^

The show has become very bland. Although last week's epidsode was pretty good, which surprised me. The first couple seasons were good, but Gimple really took this show to a whole new level of dog shit. Chris Hardwich has the hardest job in Hollywood, trying to force such excitement and drama into every episode of Talking Dead.


March 8th, 2018 at 11:47 AM ^

I’m not sure why I’m still watching it. It’s basically background noise. I know Neegan is a bad guy but I don’t really know what the hell is going on anymore because it’s become SO BORING that I stopped paying attention.


March 8th, 2018 at 11:48 AM ^

Comic is at issue 176 and it’s jumped the shark as well. 15 years and still don’t know what the hell is going on with the zombies and what caused everything


March 8th, 2018 at 11:56 AM ^

Who doesn't find Zombies endlessly fascinating. Every other movie, video game or sci-fi program on tv has zombies somehow involved as an integral part of the plot.



March 8th, 2018 at 12:30 PM ^

I think it has to do with the fact that as the good guys' forces dimenish, the enemy forces increase. It's an interesting dynamic, seeing your team slowly get turned to the other side compared to a normal horror monster, murderer,  etc. 


The genre was definitely over saturated for a while, seems to have calmed down a bit lately. 

The Krusty Kra…

March 8th, 2018 at 12:03 PM ^

When it first came out in 2010 and laboriously, I still watch it, it's almost like taking medicine every Sunday. If I had a get out point it would have been Negan's first appearance but now I am too invested in the show to quit, which frustrates me to no end. At least I have basketball the next few weeks to distract me from my quandry.


March 8th, 2018 at 1:49 PM ^

I don't have any expectation for the show other than purely entertainment.  There doesn't seem to be any consistent theme other than when society breaks down people lose their humanity.  That was established in season one and it hasn't strayed that much.

I actually like Negan. I thought his character at least moved it out of the rut it had been in since the Governor.  His dichotomy reminded more of some of the characters in The Wire in that they weren't completely good or bad but a blend.  His screwed sense of morality makes more sense to me after having just finished reading One Second After and some of the crazy shit in there.  That book is disturbing because of how realistic it could be.

I have no problem bailing on a show.  I did it in the final season of The Shield. Season 2 of Lost.  But I just haven't felt the need on this one because I don't think it was ever transcendent at any point for me to say that it isn't what it used to be.  For me it's just a TV show.  But they do need to resolve this Rick-Negan thing and move back to some of the more interesting character stories like Daryl, Carol and Morgan.


March 8th, 2018 at 1:48 PM ^

I think he had the magic gummy bears....you know the ones that come as "accessories" at the local dispensery.....LOL!

I have given up on the WD....same thing ...rinse...repeat....Show should have ended 3 seasons ago.


March 8th, 2018 at 12:11 PM ^

Walking Dead is terrible now. Should’ve ended the show 3yrs ago. The storylines are repetitive, bad acting, the “Walkers” are now essentially irrelevant. They just kill off main characters left and right. Just terrible, and what’s more terrible is I’ll bitch about it and still watch till the end cause I can’t just stop watching shows this far in.


March 8th, 2018 at 12:24 PM ^

It looks like the commonwealth has Its own problems. I was surprised to see Maggie and Dante get it on so soon. Kirkman knows how to keep this story going forever.

Perkis-Size Me

March 8th, 2018 at 12:27 PM ^

The quality of the show went down considerably after the first three seasons. The Shane/Rick tension, The Rick/Governor rivalry, those were great and (at the time) original storylines.

Since then, the show has largely been going through the motions and using the same, tired, boring storylines. Rick and Co. search for new home, fight through zombie hordes along the way, find settlement to impose on and take over, meet new gang of enemies to contend with, spend 1-2 seasons fighting them in episode-long standoffs, kill them and make questionable ethical decisions, prove they're no better than the bad guys, move on to next location, and the cycle starts all over again. 

At some point before Thanksgiving, I got to a point where I stopped caring enough to keep watching. Some random Savior could've walked up to Rick, Daryl, Michonne, or whoever else of the posse is left, shot them in the face, fed them to a horde of zombies, and I really wouldn't have cared. I have no emotional investment in any of the characters who are left. 

The show should've died a long time ago, but as its title implies, it's still walking around as a completely, utterly lifeless hull of what it used to be. 


March 8th, 2018 at 12:36 PM ^

I have watched since season one but killing off Carl made no sense at all. I agree with Negan, " that boy was the future "

Maybe if they would just kill Negan already then we can move on to something else like actually getting to D.C. That was at one time the plan...


March 8th, 2018 at 12:44 PM ^

don't think Negan is going to die.  I think he is going to become part of the main cast in some way for the duration of the run of the show or at least for a while depending on how long the show goes.