The Walking Dead: Life After Negan

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neganObviously this is full of spoilers. So, like, don’t read it if you are planning to watch the show and you haven’t yet. Because I will spoil it for you. With spoilers. Get it? OK. Cool.

I’m going to throw up a quick synopsis of each of the first three episodes so far this season because I’m wicked behind doing this and I want to catch up and keep up. So hang on for the ride. Another may be coming later today.

Episode 1: We finally see whose head Negan bashed in

But of course, they make us wait, right? They show us Rick, and they show us Negan dragging him off in the RV, and we don’t know who Negan killed. 

Now I’m a comic reader so I’m going to compare the show to the comic once it gets to that point, I’ll try not to spoil anything super important as far as details in the comics in case you are a watcher and you want to read those too. But I can’t really completely discuss the show without taking my knowledge of the comics into account. But I won’t spoil the show with future comic knowledge.

So this bit, this whole episode almost, doesn’t happen in the comic. Yes, he kills someone, but he doesn’t then take Rick on this ride to teach him an additional lesson and torture him/break him some more. Of course I had my theories about who they would kill on the show, given that it already has some serious departures from the comic. When they started showing Rick flashing back to each of the people who was there with him I thought OK, maybe if they show a person it means they’re not dead. Or maybe he’ll think of the dead person last? But then they showed every single person without any hint of Rick thinking about one differently from another so that theory was blown.

I found much of this episode frustrating because I just wanted to get to the answer, since I’d already waited all summer to know what happened. But I do think it served the purpose of really giving everyone a heads up about how terrible Negan is. Now I’m already aware of this, I’ve been anticipating his entrance into the show for a long time. I’m aware of how terrible and disturbing he is, and how gleeful he is about it. So maybe that point needed to be brought home for people who aren’t reading the comic.

Anyway, when we finally see who gets killed, it sort of makes sense. First, Abraham, who I truly didn’t like all that much, sorry Abraham, though I do like the actor. But at this point in the comic he is already dead from a different cause, so it makes sense to get rid of him here. I was relieved it wasn’t Darryl, who I predictably love, because Darryl doesn’t even exist as a character in the comic, so I never know how/if they are going to resolve that.

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Sorry Abraham, at least you told him to suck your nuts.

However, then, again driving home the point that Negan is terrible, he can see how upset Rosita is, and he taunts her, at which point Darryl, ever the softie under his gruff exterior, leaps to his feet and attacks Negan. Because of course he does. Leading to…….. what I was expecting all along, the goodbye of Glenn. I will save you any gore here because the show was gory enough. Here is a page from that issue of the comic:

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And here is Steven Yeun breaking everyone’s heart a little more, at Walker Stalker.

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Where the comic and the show differ even more, besides the show killing two people instead of one, is that in the comic, Rick isn’t as broken by this even at is he is here. The show is obviously taking a departure here. In some ways, the comic Rick is always a little meaner and more bada$$ than the Rick on TV. Is he horrified and crushed by Glenn’s death? Yes, of course, but he’s immediately planning how to destroy Negan, not agreeing to go along with him. It seems like maybe the attempt to have Rick cut off Carl’s hand was an additional means of really breaking our TV Rick down until he offers no resistance to Negan anymore. And he certainly appears broken. It remains to be seen if that was just in the moment or if he’s willing to go along with this nonsense. I hope the previews are misleading.

As is often the case, too, Carl seems pretty level-headed and willing to do what needs to be done here, telling his dad “Dad, just do it.”

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Of course, just like a benevolent old testament God, Negan doesn’t make Rick go through with it.

I know this is horrifying and Rick has lost it at this point, but I need him to get right back to here real quick:

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This is the Rick your people need, sir. This one. The one who kills someone as a greeting and then basically says “Come at me, bro.”

I can see how this episode would be tough to take for anybody who wasn’t expecting this brutality, but once I got over the shock and sadness of this issue of the comic, literally years ago now, I have been kind of looking forward to this point in the show, because Negan is someone who it’s just so fun to hate. And I admit I was looking forward to everyone else’s reactions. Sorry (not sorry). 

I did like that they wrapped up the episode by showing how much everyone in the group still cares about each other and the two moments that killed me the most were Rick’s “flash ahead” to a time where they were all sitting at a dinner table together including Glenn with his and Maggie’s kid on his lap, and when Rick tells Maggie they’re not letting her go anywhere alone and reminds her Glenn “was our family too”. Sniff.

What did you think? A lot of people have said they’ll quit watching the show after that season opener but I implore you to stick around. It’s definitely worth it. I mean if you’re caught up, you kind of already know what I mean, right?

Teaser for next episode/post – Ezekial.

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37 Comments

  1. Amber
    November 7, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I love this show so much! I don’t read the comics, but I check spoilers because I’m impatient. So I figured Glenn would die. I was HOPING maybe he’d be spared, but ahh well.

  2. livelaughhlovee5
    livelaughhlovee5Reply
    November 7, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I don’t really watch the show but my husband does and he loves it. I watch bits and peices but it’s not the same. I guess I couldn’t really get into the whole show. I would have to watch from Season 1 oh my.

  3. akauf24
    November 7, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Well I do enjoy your blogs very much, and i believe I am subscribe with you. But some bad news, because I am with the Facebook group, I want to make sure I am commenting on your blog. But I didn’t read this blog because I haven’t got to that point with Walking dead and I don’t want to know YET 😀 But when I do get to that point of walking dead Ill make sure Ill read the blog.

  4. Devina
    November 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I used to watch this show and stopped! Ah! Am I missing out? I just couldn’t take the anxiety!

  5. Janine Good
    November 8, 2016 at 2:15 am

    I don’t watch the show, but can understand why it has such a big following! I hope those fans out there like the information to keep up with the episodes!

  6. lydia@lifeuntraveledl
    November 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I might be the only person in North America who has never watched The Walking Dead and has no interest in doing so either. Spoiler. 😉

  7. Mihaela Echols
    November 8, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve never watched this too. But I’ve only heard good things about it.

  8. Cynthia Nicoletti
    November 8, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I keep saying I am going to watch it but never seem to get a chance.

  9. Jelena
    November 8, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    My boyfriend is obsessed with this show and he bombs me with texts about after each episode, screaming when they kill one of the main characters ahha. 😀 I will share the post with him!

  10. Akhil Sharma
    November 8, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Many of my friends liek this show but I don’t. In fact, I never watched it as it is not my type of show.

  11. Annemarie LeBlanc
    November 8, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I never watched this show, even though my friends say it is a good one. I just don’t see the point of having zombies in a drama series.

  12. Nicole Haas Etolen
    November 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    My husband is a huge fan of Walking Dead, he doesn’t like to see some spoiler in social media, in that case yea he’;s a huge fan of that show.

  13. Krystal // The Krystal Diaries
    November 8, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I was a fan of the Walking Dead but I’m behind like a season or two. I’m sad they killed the two of them off though. It’s pretty hard to not know what’s going on with social media.

  14. Valerie CottageMakingMommy
    November 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I keep forgetting to watch this. I see the comments for it in my news feed often.

  15. Befitting Style
    November 8, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve never watched this show before but my friends absolutely love it!!

  16. Kelly Reci
    Kelly ReciReply
    November 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I’m not a fan of Walking Dead, but sometimes I watched their one series and it gave me an interest in that show.

  17. Chloe
    November 8, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I am still yet to catch up on the Walking Dead so I haven’t read this one through but I will save it as a bookmark for when I finally do! Chloe

  18. Blair Villanueva
    November 8, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Lovely spoiler, and I can imagine your Walking Dead fan and readers feelings. Am not a fan of any zombie movies and tv series, but I think this series is impressive considering it already runs more than 4 seasons..?

  19. DogVills
    DogVillsReply
    November 8, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of spoiler of this show before, and it keeps me thinking a lot of people are watching this show.

  20. Cindy Ingalls
    November 9, 2016 at 12:50 am

    I have to say, I’m not feeling this season. I had a feeling Abraham and Glenn were going down, as they were supposed to be dead already. What I don’t get is that Carol and Morgan are also supposed to be gone, yet they are still around to see The Kingdom. I’m wondering how long they will last.

  21. Elizabeth O.
    Elizabeth O.Reply
    November 9, 2016 at 1:46 am

    We’re in deeper than what happened in the earlier seasons. Its’ nice to stick around when the show gets tougher because it’s worth it. I’m sure a lot of fans have different reactions, but they should really continue watching.

  22. heatherwnac
    heatherwnacReply
    November 9, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Everyone is talking about this! I might have to cave in and start watching. Do I need to go to the beginning? lol getting sucked in!

  23. Marceline Dementori
    November 9, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I haven’t watched in the longest time but I’m updated thanks to social media posts. Looks like it’s getting pretty exciting!

  24. RonRon
    RonRonReply
    November 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I am a TWD fan and I really love NEGAN, I mean, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He is truly a great actor and he adds good acting at the show.

  25. seasaltsecrets
    November 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I never really got into the walking dead. American horror story is more my speed 🙂

  26. Julie Syl Kalungi
    November 9, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Sounds like a scary movie kinda show, something to watch on a halloween weekend 🙂 We dont have it in UK.

  27. erinconefrey
    erinconefreyReply
    November 9, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I totally had to scroll quickly by so I wouldn’t read any spoilers! I’ll have to come back to this post after I catch up! 🙂 -Erin at http://www.stayathomeyogi.com

  28. adriana
    November 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I have never seen this show! I hear so much about it though and it definitely seems interesting.

  29. Ave Hla
    November 10, 2016 at 7:13 am

    My husband is a huge fan of Walking Dead. It seems a really interesting show. I think I might start watching it too.

  30. Terri Ramsey Beavers
    November 10, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I can’t follow this season for some reason. It’s even more gruesome than the first 6 seasons.

  31. Lisa Rios
    November 10, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I would definitely love to read as I am not pretty sure about watching it. Honestly I have never watched this show before though I have heard good reviews from few friends around. Will check it out sometime!

  32. allaboutbabysworld
    November 11, 2016 at 1:10 am

    my husband loves the walking dead. I am not a fan but it seems like a neat show

  33. Aziel Morte
    Aziel MorteReply
    November 11, 2016 at 4:42 am

    I love this show and im glad someone posting this. This is a great show .

  34. Mary Jane
    Mary JaneReply
    November 12, 2016 at 10:08 am

    The season 7 is really exciting. Unpredictable characters specially NEGAN!

  35. Krystle Cook
    Krystle CookReply
    November 13, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I don’t really watch the show but I know friends that were definitely upset. That seemed like a crazy episode.

  36. Jojo Vito
    November 16, 2016 at 11:50 am

    how I wish I can watch this show. unfortunately this is shown in my country…sigh….

  37. Krystal
    November 20, 2016 at 10:48 am

    My husband went crazy after the season premiere. I am not caught up on it yet.

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