Tuesday, September 25The Voice of London

The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be: #TWD Is Back

Last night we saw the opening episode of the seventh season of The Walking Dead, and what an episode it was.

Reporter: Alex Clement | Sub-Editor: Chelsea Jobe

I have never been so engrossed in just one episode of a TV show before. The suspension was brutal. That’s the only word I can think of to describe what I just experienced; brutal.

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After how the last season ended, where Rick, Maggie, Glenn and co are lined up in some sort of semi circle, with guns pointed at their heads. Then comes along a man, a man we all saw coming but were frightened to say it. Negan. He steps out with Lucille, his bat with metal wire draped around it and within minutes, someone is battered to death. But who?

Five months later and here we are. Shocked, angry and absolutely wanting more.

There won’t be spoilers, don’t worry… but * spoiler alert *, there are two deaths which I will refer to as ‘death one’ and ‘death two’.

As we expected from the outcome of the season six finale, someone died and we didn’t know who. From the first ten minutes, you still don’t know, but whilst you watch, they tease you. The camera angles flirt with you, making you believe that it could be Maggie maybe? Or could it be Daryl?

It was agonising not knowing who Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) battered to death with a wire covered bat (hello Lucille), yet did we really want to know? Could we say that there was any one person in that group we were happy for to die? And not only to die, but to be so viciously murdered by a man that makes your skin cruel whenever you mention his name…

We expected someone to die. One person. What we didn’t expect to see is the sudden strike of the bat for the second time. This time it was worse. Heart wrenchingly painful, that as soon as you saw it, you screamed at the TV with tears down your face.

I saw death one coming. It was predictable but nonetheless tragic. One of the best characters on the show having their head smashed to mush is one thing, but the shock of death two sent me over the edge. It had me begging for it to be a dream. No, not a dream, a nightmare. A horrible, earth-shattering nightmare.

A week until episode two, and I’m not sure I can wait that long. Yet, I’m still not quite over what happened in episode one. Hopefully this season will get better and better. I have no idea where it’s going to take us, but until then, I’m happy to set a Walker on Negan and then string him up.