Will the first part of “The Walking Dead” season 6 be looked back on rather kindly? At the moment, we have to admit that we’re not that sure. Maybe some fans out there will appreciate the huge zombie sequences and some individual episodes, but there is also a glowing sentiment that there was not that much that really happened throughout the eight episodes. Maybe because we spent so much time stressing over Glenn that we really don’t remember anything else.
To us, one of the greatest strengths of the series is that it is more malleable than almost anything else on the air. We often travel from one location to the next, seeing how Rick Grimes and the rest of the survivors fend off the threats of the world. However, we’ve now been stationed in Alexandria for quite some time, and the community has a sense of stability around it. Welcomed this at first after Terminus and so much time on the road, but now it’s starting to get stale.
The case for leaving Alexandria – For one, it looks like the characters may not have much of a choice. After the events of the midseason finale walkers are closing in on the town in all directions, and there may not be all that much they can do other than find a new place to call home. It would add some more danger to the show in that we’d be dealing with an unknown environment, especially we’ve got Negan and his crew out there, who have no problem taking things and then claiming them as their own.
While we know that the story of Negan is tied in many ways to Alexandria from the comics, there are so many things that have been changed over the years. Why not play around with this?
The case for staying put – Maybe you want to keep Alexandria in the picture for the comics, especially since it is still possible to include new places such as the Hilltop colony while having it around. Or, maybe you think just a change in the pace of the show will give it a different feel. One of the flaws with the first part of season 6, at least from our vantage point, is that everything felt so compressed and at times the timeline was hard to piece together. This was a fun idea to play with that went on too long; if the show goes more linear, it may be different enough that it at least feels like we are in a different place.
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