An Open Letter to The Walking Dead Community, ‘About Last Night’
Hey fam, how’s it going? Well, I guess that is a silly question, because I’ve been watching Twitter and Facebook over the last 12 hours or so and I can see what you’ve been thinking or feeling. Hang in there, we knew it would be a tough episode.
There is something I would like to chat with you all about, and I hope that it is read with the intention with which it was written. I’ve been a proud member of this community for many years now, and for the last three years have been lucky enough to have this platform to get to know you all. We’ve been through alot together… Dale, Tyrese, T-Dog, Andrea, Hershel, Beth… the list could literally go on and on.
We’ve debated about The Governor, Terminus and the Wolves. We’ve talked endlessly of the comparisons to the comic series as the original source material and what the show includes or omits. We don’t always agree, sometimes we bicker, but like many families we always end up coming back together for the good of the show and our mutual love for a rag-tag bunch of survivors.
I hope after last night, we’ll be able to do that again.
What draws me to this ‘fanmily’ isn’t just the amazing show that propels it. There are plenty of great shows out there that I choose not to immerse myself into the fan base because, well, that’s another tale for another time. This one, however, has always had an air of camaraderie, support and a self-awareness that just made me fall in love with it and all of you.
For a show like The Walking Dead, that is ripe with drama and intensity and led by a man that is hell bent on breaking our hearts (though, to be fair we let him), it’s important for us to support each other especially in times of strife like we are in now.
So, About The Walking Dead Finale Last Night…
I am gutted, hurt and very confused. I watched that 90 minute episode in such a state of anxiety that my body shook from it. As a comic reader, the knowledge that the biggest bad was about to make his entrance was simultaneously exciting and nerve wracking because I knew what the consequences of his arrival would be.
However, I knew they wouldn’t tell us right away. I had a feeling a few weeks back that the deceased’s identity wouldn’t officially be known until next October. I’ll be honest, it pissed me off. Not because I thought it was a cheap trick by TPTB, or that it was done so to be a tactical move by AMC for ratings or money. It pissed me off because I knew that for the next seven months we would be in for endless speculation on the possible death. If Glenn’s disappearance under the dumpster was bad, this was going to be a hell of alot worse.
Regardless of my feelings on how the show ended (because for the topic of this letter that point is moot), I am more confused by the comments and rudeness of the accusations against the writers, showrunners and AMC. While scrolling through social media, I witnessed levels of anger and frustration that I’ve never seen in this fandom before, calling for boycotts and hate mail to be hurled at the show and network.
Yes, seven months is a long wait. Yes, I too feel a bit cheated that we didn’t get the full-Negan experience last night and that it didn’t play out as I would have liked it to. But, this isn’t the Sopranos. They didn’t fade to black on a series finale with the fate of a character inquestion. We will not go on for years with wonder as to who suffered under Lucille’s weight. Though, seven months may feel like a lifetime.
The cast doesn’t even know who got it. All the talk about their frustration with the script and how hard it was to film that episode is genuine; they are fans too and probably gutted that they don’t know either! I am sure not knowing is much harder for them, than it is for us. Go easy, fam, let’ all take a collective breath or two and allow calmer headers to prevail.
This letter in no way means that I thought that finale was perfect. It wasn’t. I take issue with a few things that went down, as all fans are entitled to have. I also feel like we have an amazing relationship with each other that we can use this site and social media to continue to talk about those issues. But let’s have the name calling, hateful messages and disparaging commentary against the people behind the curtain, stop.
Trust in Scott. Trust in Kirkman. Trust in the fact that they want to give us a story to talk about, resonate with and be excited for come October. Let’s rally together and prepare for the long haul ahead, and not get stuck in the muddy waters of anger. Besides, there are still a lot of beloved characters left, if we piss off Kirkman, who knows who he’ll have Negan take out next!
A loyal fan of The Walking Dead
The Talking Dead Excerpt: Scott Gimple on the Cliffhanger Decision
So, let’s hear it? Love my letter or hate it, I welcome all reactions as long as we can remain civilized and kind to each other. Everyone’s opinions have merit here on TWD Fan Site. All your voices should be heard, as long as you can engage in a lively debate in a way that wouldn’t want to make Rick Grimes stab you in the throat.
The Walking Dead returns in October 2016.