Sunday night, “The Walking Dead” will end the first part of the season 5 with an episode that is almost a full-circle moment for the show. There are characters back in Atlanta, and this story there with the hospital is the first time since the first season that the city has been featured prominently.
With this in mind, it does feel like a pretty good opportunity to sit back and reminisce a little bit about what happened so many years ago, and in a way, something that comic writer Robert Kirkman wishes was never a part of the show at this point in the run.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview, Kirkman made it clear that he did not like in retrospect that it came out in the first season that everyone was already infected, and also that there may be people allegedly working on a cure over in France:
“I feel like there might have been a better way to wrap up the first season … It ended up being a fun episode. I love the character of Dr. Jenner and thought Noah did an amazing job. But there were things in that episode that I think seem very much not of The Walking Dead world.”
Since this point, the show has done its absolute best to try and not deal with any of these sort of matters ever again that are external from what is going on with the group. The closest thing that has happened is with Eugene … and we all know how that ended.
Personally, we do somewhat agree with Kirkman here, but for different reasons. For us, the reveal that everyone is infected takes away some of the hope of the show, and also makes us constantly wonder about the rules of what happens in this world. Sometimes with this show, we’d really rather not spend that much time thinking about things versus just reacting to them.
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