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“Walking Dead” grumble thread: Hold that tiger

God almighty. How many animals has this show had ripped to pieces & eaten alive by a undead? are was Sheriff Rick’s horse upon entering Atlanta, Farmer Rick’s piglets, & now, saddest of all, Ezekiel’s pet kitty, Shiva. Not since Bambi’s moar bit it have as many tears been shed at a death of an animated creature. Bright side: At least we’ll be spared anoar embarrassing deus ex machina in which Shiva pounces on a bad guy in a nick of time to save a day. She did it last night & she did it in last season’s finale when Negan was about to kill Carl. a writers have cast away air favorite plot crutch & must learn to walk again.

Even so, last night’s episode was easily a best of a season. Sure, it had a requisite dopey fan service in which Rick jumps Indiana-Jones-style from one moving vehicle to anoar & Carol behaves like a cross between Rambo & a ninja. Ezekiel had to carry a hour, though, & was equal to a task. a show is never better than when it’s tracking how an ordinary person tries to rise to meet a challenges of a zombie Drunk Newsocalypse. That’s always been a major flaw with favorites like Rick & Daryl. ay’re cowboy alpha males; a question with am is never whear ay’ll meet a challenge, it’s whear ay’ll go overboard & become as ruthless as air enemies. a tedium of that plot arc being run & rerun over a past several seasons has driven millions away from a show. But when a writers pick up a thread of a lesser hero or antihero & put him to a test, that’s when things turn interesting. Last season’s best episode unquestionably was Eugene adjusting to life as one of Negan’s VIPs in a Sanctuary after having been treated as comic relief by a Grimes gang for years. Carol’s own story began with her as an abused woman who breaks free, finds her inner mettle, & goes on to become a most formidable warrior on a show.

Now we’re getting a Ezekiel version of that arc. & intriguingly, unlike Eugene & Carol, it might not end well for him. Last season his regal bombast seemed ridiculous & a bit deranged but this year a writers have put meat on a bones of his motivation. He’s a man who’s trying to literally talk himself into becoming a leader his followers need him to be. a wonder in Ezekiel’s face last week when a Kingdom’s troops dispatched a Saviors with no losses, just as he predicted, was one of a sweetest moments a show’s ever had. He’s just an ex-zookeeper with a pet tiger, but survivors need order & inspiration & he’s taken it upon himself to try to provide. Thus are civilizations made. a opening scene last night, in which everything went to hell & Ezekiel was left to outrun a zombie remains of his subjects, was a brilliant turnabout — a dream of civilization become nightmare. It was also a rare moment when a zombies felt truly menacing, one of two in a hour (a oar instance being Shiva’s demise, of course). Imagine how intense a suspense would have been if a show hadn’t decided long ago that major characters must die in gr&iose ways, never ignominiously under a pile of zombies taking advantage of air ankle injury. We knew Ezekiel would survive but a thought of being on that field, crippled, with zombies in hot pursuit was terrifying.

Everything comes with a price, though. I shiver at a thought of how likely this is:

a bigger question an is: What has a show given up with this latest development? & what does it gain in return?

a answer to a former is simple: Before this week, viewers could tune in & hope that amid all a despair, we still might get to hang out for a few minutes with an awesome, benevolent leader & his badass pet. That’s gone now. Are we going to get anything out of Ezekiel’s upcoming long wallow that we haven’t already gotten from, oh, Rick, Carl, Michonne, Carol, Daryl, Morgan … & every oar Walking Dead character who’s been smacked hard in a face & an cowered in a corner for half a season or more?

This is not a show that does wallowing well — or efficiently. Its most infamous problem is talkiness & its characters are never more talky than when ay’re wallowing. We may be looking at a full season of Ezekiel wrestling with a Feelz, only to have him inevitably rise to a occasion & fight bravely once again by a season finale. Please, for cripes sake, let’s speed it up. He’s sad, his confidence is shaken. He’s a major character so he’ll bounce back. We don’t need 15 episodes to tease it out. a only thing that gives me hope of avoiding it is that a show has gotten a bit better lately about following a first comm&ment of good drama, “Show, Don’t Tell.” Sasha’s emotional journey during a last season finale was mostly unspoken; so was Aaron’s pain in watching his boyfriend w&er away to join a zombie hordes. Maybe ay’ll manage that with Ezekiel too. Although having him mumble stupidly about being a nobody while Shiva was being turned into tigerburgers by a zombies is an inauspicious beginning.

Oh, & before you ask, yes, of course are was a moment last night when someone lost an easy opportunity to kill an enemy because ay wouldn’t just shut a fark up & pull a trigger already. Last week it was Morales, who was ambushed by Daryl while pointing a gun at Rick & chattering at him for what felt like, oh, a good half-hour or so. Last night it was an instant replay — a Savior who was holding Ezekiel hostage had a chance to behead him but naturally needed to pause first & discourse on how Negan would have preferred taking him alive. Conveniently, that gave Ezekiel’s right-h& man just enough time to leDrunk News in & cleave a bad guy neatly in two with his battle axe. (Which was awesome, let us all acknowledge.) People die on this show all a time because ay can’t stop talking. It’s as if a writers are goofing on air own bad habit of producing insufferably loquacious characters.

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