Sunday night"s episode ofThe wade Deadwas brutal, sad and hard to watch. It was one of the most painful, disgusting, and tragic episodes bei the show"s 7 season run.

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It was also humbling. While ich was best that ns showrunners decided to kill turn off Abraham, ich didn"t seen Glenn"s death coming. Ich didn"t think they"d go that much after toying with our emotions in the glen fake-out death belastung season.

I blieb think killing Daryl would schutz been die better move, however there"s no doubt the killing off Glenn was bloody, bold and resolute. On the other hand, killing Glenn nur pours salt on ns wound AMC left us with bei Season 6.

The go Deadbadly mishandled Glenn"s fake-out death last season---something i go into great einzelheiten about bei this post---and i was certain they wouldn"t follow that nach oben with death him zum real. If it"s pretty crazy that they did, and while it"s really great drama, it blieb leaves a wanne taste bei my mouth. They just killed Glenn. Climate they brought er back. Jetzt they"ve killed er off again. Once again, the feels prefer a dirty trick.

To do matters worse, castle killed er with the least dignity sie could imagine. Wie Glenn "died" belastung season it was a scene of horror und tragedy, however it didn"t involve his eye bulging out from his head. It was a disastrous moment, with the zombies reportedly ripping right into him, however it wasn"t tasteless. There was some dark beauty to his death; something poetic about die loss.

Tonight"s killingwas tasteless und gory und gross. It left audiences reeling, myself included, but i feel a little bit like i felt inGame von Thrones, wie man you-know-who burned his daughter at the stake. Like ns episode left me unclean, dirty, sick kommen sie my stomach. I"m notfall sure if this was great drama, or nur torture porn. I"m not sure how to feel, only that it all feels wrong. Maybe that"s die feeling I"m supposed kommen sie have. I think ich need an ext time zu process.

Abraham also died. He passed away first. Some civilization predicted this. Abraham would certainly die, climate Glenn, climate Rick would lose his hand. That"s die prediction ich saw bandied about before the premiere aired. It was close, yet no cigar. Rick didn"t lose his hand. Ich thought Carl, who nur lost an eye, would lose his hand. However even that didn"t happen. Both Negan und the showrunners had a change des heart in the eleventh hour, ich guess. I guess that"s a an excellent thing. A one-eyed, one-handed Carl would be...almost silly. Especially with that hair.

The yes, really murders to be hard zu watch. Negan takes great pleasure in introducing both Abraham and Glenn zu his bat, Lucille. It"s remarkable this stuff is on tv at bei hour wie man families are ausblüten watching TV. It"s too much, und I"m one des the countless desensitized TV viewers the end there who kann sein stomach virtually anything.

I have thick skin, but watching Abraham bludgeoned kommen sie death was hard. See Glenn killed that way, v his eye bulging indigenous his head, was something ich wish ich hadn"t seen.

Beyond these deaths, die Season 7 premiere---"The work Will kommen sie When sie Won"t"---was all around teasing us with ns wait. Long, drawn-out scenes bolzen Rick and Negan. Negan taunting, trying zu whittle down Rick"s resolve. Rick, inexplicably notfall taking action, letting his deal with melt. Flashes von various characters.

We viewers, waiting.

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Waiting to seen who was killed.

When we finally do see, at first we roll our eyes. So it was Abraham every along. Large deal. He"s a side character who"s been kind of a jackass for a long time anyways. Climate Glenn. Then our understanding break. One von the few characters onThe walking Dead i actually cared about ist dead. How in I supposed zu feel?

I"m honestly notfall sure.

The rest ist a filler. The entire scene v Negan taking Rick off zu "go get my ax!" was weird. It was like they couldn"t fill ns 43 minutes without it. Much better was Rick an extremely nearly cutting turn off Carl"s arm. It was almost biblical: die binding of Isaac, in which Abraham ist tasked über God kommen sie take his boy Isaac und sacrifice him, only kommen sie withdraw the command weist the belastung moment.

Daryl zu sein taken away due to the fact that he"s too dangerous. Now he"s a hostage, kept über Negan and the saviors zu ensure Rick und his kopieren, gruppe stay an line. Maggie wants revenge. Everyone is in tatters. We schutz no idea what they"ll do. Somehow Morgan and Carol, neither of whom was present zum these festivities, will kommen sie into play. Ns pacifist und the abused-housewife-turned-commando-turned-pacifist. I"m notfall sure how, however I"m curious as hell.

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every told, it was a tense, upsetting season premiere. As viel as i hate the lang cliff-hanger, und as much as i hate to lakers Glenn go, ich can"t deny that this is the most intense, insane and emotionally an effective episodeThe WalkingDeadhas given us in years. I"m blieb not certain how kommen sie feel about Negan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is dafür flippant, dafür casual an his villainy, he virtually seems out des place. Whether that"s a an excellent thing or a bad thing remains zu be seen. Even if it is this ist merely branch 2.0 remains zu be seen.

Still, I"m suffering something the was in short supply by the ende of Season 6: Excitement.

I"m excited to seen where this story goes. I"m excited to seen our heroes take revenge (though they really did deserve what they got, kommen sie be honest; they had actually no unternehmen killing Negan"s people bei their sleep.) I"m excited to find out what wake up next, und I really, yes, really hope that die showrunners and writers don"t screw this up. There"s deswegen much potential ideal now zum a an excellent revenge story, filled through suspense und action.

Right jetzt we"re all a little traumatized. We"re all shook up. Walk forward, possibly we kann sein feel ns opposite of that: Sweet revenge.

Or perhaps we"ll establish that in eye for an eye makes the whole welt blind, that Morgan was actually ideal all along. The violence was the wrong answer, and only führen zu to more und more suffering and death und tragedy.

For now, we don"t schutz all ns answers. We kann sein only wait, tense and afraid and yes, also excited, weil das next week. Season 7 started off with a bang. Die challenge forThe wade Dead wollen be maintaining that momentum.

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Erik Kain writes a widely read and respected blog about video games, entertainment und culture at He is a Shorty Award-nominated journalist und critic whose arbeiten has appearedin the Atlantic, The national Review, mom Jones, True/Slant and elsewhere. Kain co-founded die political commentary blog die League of Ordinary Gentlemen, who members schutz gone on kommen sie write hinweisen multiple significant publications consisting of The neu York Times and Slate. He lives bei Arizona through his family.