We started our Season 7 journey with the tragic and gruesome deaths of Glen Rhee and Sgt. Abraham Ford and the only proper way of showing Negan’s true and absolute wrath. Sure, Season 7 was riddled with its agonizing and slow character driven episodes but also had its emotional and roller coaster-of-a-ride episodes as well. While many of us Walking Dead fans were getting highly annoyed with some of these episodes the developers behind them knew what they were doing, thus leading up to the climatic Season 7 ending tonight, and what an ending it was.
I was getting a little worried with the extended 85 minute finale as it did kind of drone on in some parts, with most of the action being towards the end of the episode; and not to mention Eugene just pissing us off left and right with him proclaiming himself as f**king Negan. Yes we have read the comics and know what’s in store for us in regards to the television series, but Josh McDermitt’s portrayal of Eugene Porter is just so damn good it’s annoying. But with all of this frustration we were highly rewarded with our patience when Shiva, King Ezekiel’s pet tiger, leaps into view to save the day and thus begin an all out war between The Saviors and The Alexandrians and their allies. And one of the most impressive gun battle scenes so far in the series.
I also have to give major props to the developers of Season 7 as they have played it pretty close to the chest in regards to going along with the comics, almost word for word at times. We also take our hats off to tonight’s character, Sasha, who willfully turned into a walker in order throw Negan off guard and spur the Alexandrians to fight for their home. Sasha’s exit of the show was already hinted at when it was announced that actress Sonequa Martin-Green, who portrays Sasha in the series, was announced as the lead character for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series; so many of us were wondering what type of endgame Martin-Green’s character would try to achieve in the series finale. While noble of her to willfully turn into a walker, this role was originally undertaken by Holly, Abraham’s girlfriend, in the comics and nearly attacks an Alexandrian when revealed by Negan; this thus spurs the first initial fight between The Saviors and Alexandrians. All in all though, Sasha’s sacrifice was probably one of the more well received deaths in the series.
But let’s talk about Shiva, my personal favorite character of Season 7. When we first saw her at Ezekiel’s side earlier on in the series we were already wondering when Shiva would spring into action, and that’s what we got tonight, Shiva pouncing onto an unsuspecting Savior right as Negan was about to beat in Carl’s head with Lucille. That was probably my favorite scene out of the whole episode, plus it shows how far the graphics in The Walking Dead has come since the first season. And hearing Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan yelling “It’s a damn tiger!” was just the icing on the cake.
With probably the most climatic and epic battle since The Governor’s second attack on the Prison back in Season 4, The Walking Dead’s Season 7 finale truly delivered with stupendous performances, excellent visuals and Shiva pouncing in to aid the Alexandrians. Our mouths are just watering for more and can only imagine what the scale of things will be and what’s to come in Season 8. Now let’s see what Fear the Walking Dead can offer us when it premiere’s its third season later on this year.