[Warning: SPOILERS ahead for The Walking Dead Season 6, episode 7.]
The midseason finale: it has become a yearly tradition among some TV shows, giving them a chance to avoid a ratings slump during the time of the year when much of their usual audience is too busy with holiday obligations to watch much television. The Walking Dead is no exception to that rule, and has used its midseason finales in past seasons to provide big, bombastic cliffhangers that leave audiences eager for the holidays to be over.
Last season's midseason finale, 'Coda', was a bit of a letdown in the midst of an otherwise pretty solid run of episodes. Despite putting the brakes on the season's momentum, it still featured plenty of the series' signature death, existential misery, and a substantial cliffhanger at the end.
According to a comment series star Andrew Lincoln made to The Wrap, the upcoming Season 6 midseason finale may end up being a bit more memorable. "There will be blood," he said. "The walls come down. And it’s going to be bananas." He doesn't seem to think the season will lose any momentum when it comes back on the air, either. He also heaped praise on the remainder of the season:
"I will say episodes eight through 16 — I’m more excited than I’ve ever been before, just where the story is headed. Eight and nine are unbelievable. Unbelievable. They’re some of the best episodes I’ve read and when I was filming, it just got bigger and more epic and more insane every day that we shot."
Lincoln also didn't withhold his enthusiasm for the season finale:
"We just wrapped 24 hours ago on what I think is the darkest and most extraordinary season finale that we’ve ever attempted. To say that I’m excited would be a vast understatement. And it ends with a very big bang."
A show like The Walking Dead lives and dies by its ability to top itself with spectacle year after year, so hopefully Lincoln is right about that. Of course, Lincoln's not about to make negative statements to the media about the direction of the show, and there are bound to be a few duds between now and the season's end, but that doesn't mean we can't be optimistic that he's right.
Last week's episode was a bit of an eye-roller, bringing back a certain character that everyone had pretty much come to accept was not really dead. That was a major miscalculation as far as the pacing of the show, but it has recovered from worst in the past. Rick and company haven't spent the whole season hanging out in a farmhouse, for instance, so it should be relatively easy to get the narrative back on track and end the season in a manner that will not make Lincoln look silly for his unbridled enthusiasm.
The Walking Dead will air the Season 6 mid-season finale ‘Start to Finish’ this Sunday @9pm on AMC.
Source: The Wrap