As the dueling forces of Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) slog towards their last stand in The Walking Dead, the once-unstoppable show is still hemorrhaging viewers. So, what’s to blame for the series’ tailspin? Poor writing? Subgenre fatigue? After 8 seasons, has the saga simply run its course?
The folks at Looper have been following The Walking Dead phenomenon from the get-go, making them uniquely qualified to assess the situation. Give the video below a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Why do you think The Walking Dead is becoming a shadow of its former glory?
If you can’t stream, the 6 reasons why fans have stopped watching The Walking Dead are listed and briefly summarized below the video. After that, you can peep the trailer and synopsis for Sunday’s episode, Do Not Send Us Astray.
Official Synopsis: When AMC’s The Walking Dead first premiered on Halloween night in 2010, it felt as if the world stopped turning and television lovers across the globe turned into zombies themselves — ones hungry for more episodes of the groundbreaking post-apocalyptic horror series. All anyone could chat about at the work watercooler was what crazy, amazing, or insane thing happened to Rick Grimes the night before. The gripping action of the series, adapted from the popular comic books by Robert Kirkman, helped turn The Walking Dead into a must-watch, right alongside prestige programs like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. The show has never been an awards season darling, but now ratings have started to slip, as viewers begin to tune out the sheriff’s latest undead dramas. So, what happened to make The Walking Dead lose favor with fans? Let’s take a look, but, as always, beware the spoilers…
Squandered Characters: Great characters are underdeveloped and abandoned while less interesting characters linger way too long.
Getting Whiplash: Glenn’s fake-out death is season 4 pissed fans off. Similarly, towards the end of Season 6, producers made it seem as though Daryl had been killed.
Meeting Lucille: Negan’s introduction followed by the assassinations of Glenn and Abraham proved too gory and psychologically devastating for many fans.
Heart of Darkness: The depressing shift in tone since Negan’s arrival sent fans fleeing in droves. The once detracted, apocalyptic drama began feeling all too real.
Losing focus: Despite the show’s title, The Walking Dead has very little to do with zombies anymore. The tight-knit group of characters has also been divided, making the series feel schizophrenic (not to mention slow and boring).
Tough competition: The Walking Dead was once one-of-a-kind, but iZombie and Z Nation have proved stiff competition.
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Official Synopsis: Maggie takes a strong stand to defend the Hilltop. Don’t miss the next episode of The Walking Dead, Sunday, March 25 at 9/8c.