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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
I think people don't understand what is going on, hence the drop in ratings.
You have to look at the show in the larger picture. I think most people don't realize the story is about more than just Rick Grimes and his merry little band of zombie killers. Up until the end of last season and now this season, all the viewers have seen is a program focused around Rick, Carl and the rest of the gang, but it's a much bigger world. Now what you're starting to see is glimpses of this much larger world outside of their nucleus.
If you think about it, how boring would the show be if it was just Rick and the zombie killers...over and over? Think about it...their quest all along has been to "find" something else, something better, to find "civilization" if it still even exists.
Now they're finding it, but it's not what viewers expect. And, it's not a reality where Rick Grimes and his crew "win" every time.
Violence on zombies aside, I think the show is a stunning parallel to society today in the real world. It's a metaphor of our own world. Crime, societal differences, religion, politics, cliques, corruption...it has everything.
AND...the most hated character of all is he most interesting ever (to me). Negan. Negan is an enigma. On the surface he just appears to be a violent thug, but to even the most casual of viewers he's far deeper than this. Much deeper. He's got some kind of a plan. You don't know what that plan is yet, but he's definitely got one. And even though you haven't seen it yet, Negan (surprisingly) actually has some honor as a human being.
The thing with Carl is shocking to most, but he's evolving. He's becoming an independent force of his own. Oh...and he truly does "scare" Negan.
Personally, I think this is the best season so far! There's far more mind-candy. It's not just more of the same old...Rick kills a bunch of zombies...Rick gets beat up...Rick eventually wins...ad nauseum.
It's the only show I watch on TV actually. (We record it on Sunday night and watch it on Monday night sans commercials...because there are a TON of adverts!)
Oh, and one last thing...don't expect Negan to be taking a dirt nap anytime soon.