By: Michael Gille
Over the years AMC hit television series The Walking Dead have won numerous awards and broke a plethora of records, such as…. The show, which started back on Halloween in 2010, follows Rick Grimes and his gang through the apocalyptic environment of America following a group of Starting off in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, the group is now in the D.C area in communities that work together to survive this new world.
A show as well made and awarded a show such as The Walking Dead is should survive as long as the comic book series that it is based off, right? Unfortunately the show has been faced with declining viewership since the death of a beloved character at the end of season 7. “The show started season 7 with 17 million viewers, by season 8’s mid-season finale the show was down to 8.3 million viewers” (Forbes.com). It’s been in a steady decline since then. Season 9’s mid season finale had just 5.1 million viewers” (Variety.com). These numbers confused AMC because they followed the comics closely to keep loyal fans happy. The fans revolted with the way the show handled a crucial scene involving the death of a main character, holding you in suspense as the season finale wrapped up and no answers would be solved until season 8. This move was of a cheap shot to make sure the viewers would be back for season 8.
So what’s killing The Walking Dead?
For beginners, disappointment. The show has strayed too far away from the comics, something, that I mentioned earlier, they were known for doing. In the beginning of the show’s run, fans were happy to see their favorite comics being made into a live action show. Important characters and scenes were brought to life and in many instances the show was a direct adaption of the comics, using camera angles to get the right shots. As the show carried on, however, changes started happening, with how the story would play out and now it just seems like a mess that AMC is trying to fix rather than give it an ending that the show deserves. The scene mentioned earlier involved a character’s death was poorly executed, some even claiming the show killed one of the most important scenes in the comics. The scene, which in the beginning of the show, would be played out the same as the comics, happened differently, upsetting many of the core fans.
Following the death scene the show unraveled, having number of viewers drop by millions during every season or mid season break after the season 7 finale.
The show had a long running but seeing the decline in viewership it may be time to put an end to this zombie.