Everyone who complained about there being too many human villains and not enough zombies in a zombie show like “The Walking Dead” can rejoice: Season 6 reminds you from the gore filled get-go what this show is all about. Of all the seasons so far, this one feels like it has the most conflicts consistently chipping away at the humanity of our human survivors. From the tension between Rick and the Alexandrians, the rise of the Wolves, Morgan’s sudden return AND top it off with the largest zombie horde the show has ever had and you got a whole world of problems for Rick and his people. The use of the zombie horde reminds us just how “populated” this dying world is; all the Governors and cannibals in the world will never change the fact the dead outnumber us a billion to one.
What really impressed me about this season’s opening was how it’s primary problem (moving the herd away from Alexandria), stayed with the show for almost every episode and consistently kept us on the edge of our seats. The first 8 episodes of this season all take place in one day in the show’s timeline. I haven’t bitten my nails off this fiercely since the Governor came back and assaulted the prison back in Season 4. Viewers felt just how agonizing a few hours could be by condensing the episodes timeline in this real time set up. Nothing felt slow, nothing felt like it was being dragged out, everything felt like it was in a constant state of adrenaline and panic and we felt it too.
What also amazed me about this season is how many huge emotional turns and revelations we got. The end of season 5 left us with a LOT of new characters and it was becoming painfully obvious that finding enough screen time for everyone is like trying to keep Carl from doing something stupid: it’s just not gonna happen. But man, there were so many monumental moments this season; where do I begin? Learning about Morgan’s new Zen-like nature, Rick and Michonne hooking up, Abraham hitting on Sasha, Father Gabriel finally is stepping up, the tease of Negan and that whole thing with Glen? Figuring out what had happened to Glen had me more on edge than any other event, death, season or finale in the entire series!
So far, Season 6 has thrown us into a savage zombie filled pit of despair and has not let up for a single episode of this season. We haven’t had a break to catch our breaths or stop our hearts from beating like crazy and it’s one of the reasons this season has been shaping up to be one of the best ever. Hell, Episode 9 “No Way Out” alone is one of the best episodes in “The Walking Dead’s” history so I cannot wait to see what other heart-stopping horrors they’re going to bring with Negan on his way. I get the feeling our moment of levity from this zombie horde finally being wiped out will be very brief, fans of the comic know all too well what kind of monster Negan is, and being as someone who hasn’t read the comics; I can only dread and cringe as to what Negan is going to do when he makes his debut. Either way, Season 6 hasn’t failed me yet and based on its skyrocketing ratings and continually rising success; I doubt it’s failed anyone else yet either.