The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 16: ‘The First Day of the Rest of Your Life’ Review

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Part of me can’t believe that another season of the Walking Dead is over. There’s some relief with this ending because we know we’re getting a season 8. I really do think that season 8 could be a final one. I don’t really expect it to be, but I hope it’s considered because it would make a fantastic ending. Negan is probably the worst they’ve ever faced and we’ve got popular characters from the comics like King Ezekiel. Season 8 would be plenty of time to have this war against Negan (and most likely defeat him), introduce any other characters, and even plots, that they want to explore, and still have time to wrap up the whole show.

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With Maggie’s speech at the end of the of episode it really felt like the beginning of the end, but I am getting a little ahead of myself, so let’s stop talking about season 8 and focus on this finale, which was actually pretty good! It was by no means perfect, but it was definitely enjoyable.

Season 7 has actually been really good. I would say season 1-3 were the best, season 4 was pretty decent too, during season 5 is where it started to go downhill, and season 6, although it had its good moments, wasn’t the best overall. Season 7 got off to a rocky start with its first episode, but it’s managed to maintain itself ever since.

The interjections from Sasha inside the coffin were just right. They were done often enough and at seemingly regular intervals that you had time to get used to it. At first, I didn’t know what to think of it, but the more I saw them the more I enjoyed them. Seeing Abraham again was nice, although admittedly he did feel a little out of character in the way he spoke at first, but for the most part, I’m going to put that down to the fact that we haven’t seen or heard from him since the first episode of the season.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 15: ‘Something They Need’ Review

So we’ve reached the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead’s season 7. It’s crazy to think that there’s only one more episode after this, but at least we know we’re getting a season 8 already so no matter how this season ends there’s no fear of being left on any sort of cliffhanger forever.

This season has been shockingly good. It’s definitely not the best but considering the let down that season 6 and even most of season 5 was, this season felt like a breath of fresh air.

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Tara having a voiceover at the beginning of the episode made me really happy. I had heard beforehand that shew as quite important to this episode so having it start with her was all the more thrilling (also because she’s one of my favourite characters). Also, I know she’s leading the group because she knows where she’s going, but it was still really exciting to see her leading the group nonetheless and taking some charge during their mission to take the weapons and perhaps convince Oceanside to join them.

The way Maggie is taking her time to personally help with things at Hill Top is even more beautiful because Gregory is right there and he clearly does next to nothing to help. It was really great when that guy called her “Boss Lady” and showed that he clearly has a lot of respect for her, and that moment was magnified even more when Maggie showed she had faith in the fact that he could manage without her in his task. Also, as much as Maggie hates Gregory she clearly wants to just live in peace and make the most of the situation for everyone.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 14: ‘The Other Side’ Review

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When Maggie appeared on screen I found myself smiling along with her. we haven’t seen Maggie since episode 9 and it really hit me how long ago that was when we saw the “previously on” and that opening shot of her. The bit with Enid and Maggie seeing the scan of her baby really made me happy. In fact, all of their scenes in that little opening montage did. They’re clearly like a little family and I love the fact that they have each other to lean on.

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It was also nice to see Sasha and Jesus. The former we know is going to go with Rosita to take out Negan, and having that knowledge made her scenes of training and planning more powerful. The way we see Jesus sitting with Maggie on the log while she writes in the notebook, and then later we see him in the background scribbling something while she sleeps. There was this moment I appreciated, when he looks up and realises that she’s dosed off, but it was even sweeter when you realise Sasha and Enid had been there the whole time as well. I love this little group a lot and I really want to see more of them in the future.

I have to admit the montage was a little lengthy and the music did bug me slightly, but overall it was pleasant to watch. At least until it changes and we’re faced with Gregory, drinking. I don’t like him, and although that’s probably the point, there are characters in this show that I love to hate, and Gregory isn’t even one of those.

We are, however, shown during his scene that this is when Rosita arrives to talk to Sasha about killing Negan. The Walking Dead have done a lot of jumping around the timeline this season, but they also give indicators of when an episode is set in correlation with the others, which makes it a lot easier to watch even if it is a little unsettling.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 13: ‘Bury Me Here’ Review

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This week’s episode starts off with some music. Was it just me that got flashbacks to previous episodes where this has happened? At least this time the music was actually quite nice and it didn’t go on forever. It was also nice to see a glimpse of the Kingdom which, if you don’t watch promo videos or check out what the next episode is going to be about, gave a clear indication that we were back with them this week.

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We then move to Carol, and admittedly going in I knew that this episode was going to be a pretty big one for her. Back during episode 10 I wondered what they might do with her, because they couldn’t have her sitting on the sidelines, unaware of what’s going on, for too long. Now we have an answer.

Her return was so good to see and very entertaining to watch. That bit where she’s in the tree with the road sign was both hilarious and incredibly smart. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud as she just walked straight into the Kingdom, ignoring the people who had come outside to help her. It was clear that she didn’t really believe what Daryl had told her, only that in that moment she needed to, so it was nice to see her questioning it and trying to find the truth.

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As the episode opened up and continued on there was this calming sense. The background music played a huge part in this, but it just felt nice to watch, although there was this underlying sense of anxiety and fear creeping in as the episode went on. You could feel the unease of the characters which contradicted the calming background music and ambiance in an interesting way. In fact, the music (at least during Carol’s journey to the Kingdom) reminded me a lot of some of the music in the game Life is Strange, which I highly recommend if you’re into games.

As well as that, the cinematography in this episode was just beautiful. Bad CGI aside, the Walking Dead can pull off some amazing visuals, and this week even the smallest scenes were pleasant to watch.

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“You want to be like your brother.” I don’t know what it is, but sometimes you can just tell who is going to die in an episode of the Walking Dead. Perhaps it’s the fact that there’s a touching moment involving them or they finally stand up and take control of the situation/their lives. Well in this case, from that touching moment where Benjamin overheard that his brother wanted to be like him, it was clear that he was going to die. There was also that moment where he gets nervous over a girl that indicated that something big was going to happen with Benjamin.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 12: ‘Say Yes’ Review

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This weeks episode focuses primarily on Rick and Michonne and it is a glorious one. Back in episode 10 we met the Scavengers. Episode 12 explores Rick and Michonne searching for guns to give to the Scavengers as part of their deal, and who would have thought the process of doing such would be so interesting.

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It was nice to see Rick and Michonne going place to place with no real indication of what they were looking for. It seemed to be purely about finding things for Negan, but as we get to the fairground it slowly clicks that it’s about more than that.

We’ve seen for a long time how well Rick and Michonne work together, and this whole episode just proved it. The way they worked together to take down Walkers, and even make jokes about it, was great. The whole fairground portion was so much fun from when they fell through the roof of that building to when we all thought Rick had been killed.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 11: ‘Hostiles and Calamities’ Review

This weeks episode jumps back a little and honestly, it felt slightly odd at first. We go all the way back to Negan returning with Eugene. It wasn’t that much of a surprise because we tended to catch up with the main sides and we haven’t seen the Saviors camp since episode 7 so at some point, we were going to have to return to them. However, it did take some getting used to knowing we had back-tracked a little.

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Saying that, I never thought an episode that focused so much on Eugene would be that interesting, but it really was. For this episode we mostly focus on him and Dwight. So I’m going to split this review into two and talk about each of them.

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