I admit it. I have a love/hate relationship with #TheWalkingDead TV show. Make no mistake, there is definitely a lot to love about the show. The special effects are movie-esque, the actors are great, and the show pays homage to the comic while being unique. All great qualities to have. However, each show usually has at least one moment that is so awful that it triggers me to go into a profanity laced rant that would make even Negan proud.
We are now eight seasons deep into The Walking Dead mythos and by now you would have thought that the writers of the show would have found their groove. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It seems like the writers still have their shitting pants on instead of their writing pants on.
Case in point, Rick Grimes, the beloved hero of the zombie apocalypse. This guy has been through it all, and he keeps on trucking. How many times have we seen Rick perfectly place a bullet between the lifeless eyes of a zombie? A hundred? Maybe more? What about the number of times we’ve seen Rick get even with those who have hurt, or threatened his crew? I don’t know, a million times? Yet, the writers seem to have forgotten all that when they wrote Episode 1 of Season 8 titled “Mercy”, and instead gave us a Dr. Evil version of Rick Grimes.
One Million Bullets
For some reason it seems like Rick and his crew have a plethora of bullets to waste in this episode. They end up shooting everything but the bad guys standing in front of them. They’d rather shoot out the windows to the Saviors’ hideout then actually shoot the Saviors. I mean, where are they getting all these bullets?
I know what your thinking. I’m complaining about the endless amounts of bullets that Rick and his people have on a show that is about the unrealistic possibility that the dead come to life. I see the point you’re trying to make; however, The Walking Dead is produced in such a way that it wants to be taken seriously. Your point might be valid if the show was filmed as a comedy or a fantasy, but it’s not. This is a show about survival and overcoming the odds. Episodes have been dedicated to scavenging for food, learning to shoot a gun, etc. Having enough firepower should be a legitimate concern for Rick, but its not.
In the comic, Eugene found a way to mass produce bullets so that Rick was able to go to war against Negan. Since the show isn’t following that storyline, it causes rational viewers to wonder why raining a storm of bullets into the Saviors’ compound is necessary, and it takes away from Rick’s intelligence.
“I Have A Gun In My Room.”
There is a classic scene in Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery where Dr. Evil’s son, Scott, tells his dad that Dr. Evil should just shoot Austin Powers and be done with him. Dr. Evil responds, “No Scott, I have an even better idea. I’m going to place him in an easily escapable situation involving an overly elaborate, exotic death.”
In a way, Rick channeled his inner Dr. Evil and decided not to shoot Negan when he walked out of his compound in plan view, unarmed, and standing still. Instead, Rick decided to talk to him about surrendering. Huh?
By now, Negan has become the worst villain Rick has ever faced. He beat the life out of Glenn, threatened Carl, and did countless other horrible things. He’s way worse than the Governor. Yet, Rick is going to talk to him instead of pumping him full of bullets? It’s not that Rick couldn’t do it. Hell, we’ve seen Rick kill walkers moving faster and positioned further away than Negan. So it has nothing to do with Rick being unable to shoot Negan. So why didn’t Rick do it? It’s because he had a dumb, elaborate, exotic plan.
Zombie With Frickin’ Laser Beams Attached To Their Heads
As episode “Mercy” played out, we saw that Rick’s plan was to unleash a horde of zombies at Negan and the Saviors, and then leave hoping that his enemies would succumb to them. What? This is your great plan? I can’t imagine how much time and energy it took to round up a bunch of zombies, time them, and lead them on a course to follow explosives towards Negan’s hideout. It all just seemed too elaborate, much like sharks with laser beams attached to their heads.
Here’s hoping that the episodes that follow will showcase the Rick that we’ve seen in previous seasons. A Rick that’s smart and cunning, and doesn’t think twice about getting his hands dirty.