Who else was disappointed in the midseason finale of “The Walking Dead?” And I’m not talking about students coming out of their college and law school exams.
I’ve always enjoyed the show and even think it is basically conservative in outlook — it reminds us of the state of nature to which we could return if it were not for the fragile institutions that keep society functioning. The group at the heart of the show tries to build a society among itself with rules and institutions and try to balance security with the need for a future. Alexandria struck me as a typical liberal fantasy land, kept alive by luck but from which the inhabitants inferred that they could build a perfect community free from the tough truths of reality.
But I thought that the fall of Alexandria’s walls by the collapse of a church tower was a random element that made little sense. I think for the walls to have fallen because of a direct attack by the other competing groups would have made sense. Maybe they did, since the walls were weakened because of the attack by the fellows with the W’s on their heads, but the inhabitants had plenty of time to recognize and fix that. I also didn’t find the escape of the W prisoner believable or that Carol would try to take on Morgan armed only with a knife to get to him.
But perhaps (spoiler alert!) it is all a let down from discovering that Glen was still alive, hiding under trash dumpster. I had expected it, because you would expect the departure of a major character to get a much bigger send-off. But it was still great all the same. After that revelation, maybe any finale would have been an anti-climax. What did you think?