4HAS THE WALKING DEAD KILLED THEIR FANS?

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According to The Verge, and several Twitter fans of The Walking Dead, many die-hards are leaving the show this season after the opening episode of Season 7 where we lost Glenn and Abraham. They’re also leaving in troves as the ratings have dropped to an all time low since Season 3.

Rest assured: these numbers DO predict the future of the shows that run on TV. With the recent backlash of gore, Walking Dead even had to cut back the blood in Fat Joey’s death.

They are listening to the fans, but some have gone completely rogue and are boycotting the show at every turn. 

The main reason people are leaving isn’t just because two leads were killed, where only one was expected to die. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be anyone left to watch Game of Thrones, where leads die off in packs.

The reason people are leaving is that they feel the creators are more about the shock value of the show than the story. Essentially, the series has gotten to a point where it’s more into manipulating its audience than being faithful.

Obviously, this is somewhat of a double-edged sword. While it can’t be denied, why would fans want everything exactly like the comic series? Have we not developed a degree of trust in a show so powerful? Is it possible that these thoughts are just from fair-weather fans?

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  • Ste

    Good let them go. We don’t need these lightweights. Thje strength of the show is that it isn’t afraid to make bold, tough decisions. Although that was hardly needed – Glenn was a waste and should have a gone a long time ago.

  • Lynn

    I have never read The Walking Dead comic books, So I am amazed weekly how this show can keep me on the edge of my seat. I honestly want to slap the people who cry and whine about everything. You know where the off button is! USE IT and SHUT UP! AMC has nothing to fear. They have a rock solid hit.

    • Rebeccaobx

      Ditto

  • Rebeccaobx

    Idiots…..they’ll sneak and watch…AMC should not be worried…and if they don’t it’s no loss…they are most definitely the minority….I’ve never had an urge to read the comics..their bad if they do and then expect the very talented TWD writers to act like sheep…

  • Dale Leach

    I Agree 100% with Ste and Lynn. AMC Has Nothing to Fear!!!!
    The Show is Great and Only Gonna Get Better when Rick avenges what Negan put him and his team thru.
    I Guarantee they will be back. You can’t be a True Fan of The Walking Dead and because of a most dramatic episode just say I QUIT!!!!
    Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow’s Walking Dead Episode!!!!

    • Shearie D. Ely

      Dale I agree with you Rick is going to do exactly what he said kill Negan.

  • Lynette Tuttle

    Anyone who stops watching The Walking Dead because of the lose of characters is no true fan to begin with. We have lost so much since the first episode. We have lost characters that made us laugh, ones that have made us cry and I would never dream of not watching. I predicted that we would lose two characters in the premier of season 7, I even predicted who they would be. I still watched and I cried when Abraham died then again when Glenn died, I was still right there when the music started the next week and I will be there when it starts this week. I already have a T-shirt that says “Not today, Not tomorrow, but I will kill you.” Let me say right now I am a 63 year old woman and I am hooked. I can not wait for season 20 and beyond. The Walking Dead is like a sports team, you stay a true fan in bad times as well as the good ones. Growe some nuts and stop whining.

    • gerry

      Love your comment ,Lynette! I feel the same way and I am 65 and read a ton of apocalyptic literature. TWD is the best!ever. Keeps your brain young! My friends think I’m nuts, but it certainly beats campaign spin, and then again, there’s always Rick and Daryl.

    • Shearie D. Ely

      I agree not true fans so see you wouldn’t want to be you.

  • Bill

    I haven’t heard of ANYBODY leaving (other than this article). I wouldn’t believe the hype.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t plan on not watching the show anymore, I really like it. I will say though I am totally bummed about Glen and wish they wouldn’t have done that. ????

  • Lori

    I agree let them go because if they were true dead head fans they wouldnt be leaving. My own opinion I think the show still has a lot more spark and it’s gotten more interesting and I can’t wait to see the rest of the season and wait for season 8 to start. Look at Game of Thrones a lot of the main characters were killed off already and I don’t see anybody crying that they’re not going to watch that no more that shows even gotten better as it goes on

  • Leah Kinnery- Perez

    These people were not true fans to begin with.There have been SO many beloved character’s killed off in horrible ways.Even children and nobody made a big deal about that. Granted the season 7 premiere was more horrific than any so far, but how are you suppose to sugar coat a zombie apocalypse! !! I’ve had many a panic attack but I know that you have to expect that. Everyone couldn’t WAIT for that episode to air, now their all whining and not going to watch anymore. Well good reddens to ya.

  • 2heartsandroses

    The show can loose faves but I agree they manipulate fans through social media and call them in to watch just to be cruel. This is even not CH different than shock value. A good show runner and other powers of the show do not need to do anything thing than tell a story that makes sense and be true to their characters. This manipulation started back in season 5 when they called us in to let be Beth and her relationship with Daryl. They promoted a reunion only to hurt their fans but saying hey come watch us shoot her in the head. They even leaked it to the west coast completely satisfied with the disgruntled and enfuruated fans that felt betrayed or that didn’t even get to watch yet. They seem to bask in this negative passionate angry feeling if fans as opposed to honoring their fans with a good story. The complete reading down if the gmfan favorite Daryl Dixon by taking everyone and thing he loves just fircoaun sake is obsurd. It’s ok to have these characters find happiness or to win occasionally. the whole point of fighting to live not just survive this dark desperate world is for love and family. If they never allow them to attain it or keep stripping Ricj the main character if his leadership and strength to quickly and repeatedly tell the same story then what’s the point. Sometimes we don’t need every story line if the comics because it doesn’t translate well to tv. We’ve allowed thee characters in our home for seven years and need to fell their joy as opposed to only their pain. Daryl took five five seasons to find live and they never let it materialize with Beth. The investment in an entire storyline for now two main characters, building an entire set and dedicating an entire do to two characters only pays off if their foreshadowing and Easter eggs come to fruition. Beth fans left the show after no burial and the ratings showed it. They were heard loud and clear through respectful riots, letters and interviews on GMA yet were never answered. Other showrunners include, speak to and value their fans. When there is an issue it is addressed not repeatedly ignored. They are entitled to their story however should respect their characters, actors and fans by bringing the story fullback circle. Don’t just start a story…..finish it. a completely obsurd death that brings such an angry outburst from fans is not the way to do it. It’s unnecessary and unwarranted for those who are dedicated viewers, invest time watching, buy merchandise and spend time and money meeting their faves at comic cons. Encouraging fan and character harassment by not telling a admitting to the story they were telling and continually trying to antagonize with vague statements or insulting their own characters is a cheap gimic that a show with such ratings shouldn’t resort to if they stand on their own merit. They seem to gloat in making fans angry through the SM venue. A good story warrants emotion and questions not continually anger people especially when they are aware of how passionate their fan base has become. In the last seasons instead of fan appreciation or showing us we matter they seem to spend a lot of time manipulating and gloating in their desperate attempts at causing people pain. Let the story stand alone and stand by what they wrote instead of continuing to tell fans we don’t know if we could take it many ways. This insults the beautiful performances of the actors who are clear, not vague, in their actions and interpretations. The actors seem to be coached to say idk when asked why they behaved a certain way or how they felt so as to keep all fans on board. It also insults the intelligence of the fans who know the story they are telling. This just makes the actors appear as if they don’t know the story they are telling when we all know they are brilliant and give so much of themselves to every scene. They want to play all fans yet it backfires with crating war in the fandom. They not only accept this but promote it. It has been somewhat disheartening to me since they used to pride themselves in saying all fans matter especially since they weren’t recognized by any great tv award. Forget shocking, or hurting fans to cause more talk. There is a responsibility that comes with writing and creating a story, especially for this number of viewers. Characters and scenes resonate with people for a reason and they should appreciate this experience for their viewers instead of exploiting it.

    • RicksBiggestFan

      No, they don’t do all the hype to be cruel, they do it to keep your attention. That’s how marketing works.

      All these “fans” who go on social media whining about the show and saying they aren’t going to watch anymore should go ahead and stop watching. The show is a drama. It’s not going to work out the way they want.

  • Stephanie

    Isn’t the show renewed through season 8? I would think if AMC is that worried, they wouldn’t have given it another season.

  • Patricia Parker

    People are making too much out of this show and it’s changes, the story lines are good and keeps my attention and I look forward to what’s going to happen next and to who, I will keep watching, I absolutely love the show and everyone who is in it and who has left, it’s great, everyone is doing a fantastic job! I am a true fan and will continue to be. Life is about changes and this show has them.

  • Orlando Garcia

    That act had to be done because it changes so many other characters in different ways. Its heart breaking to see howbit went down but its still brilliant television. I urge everyone to keep watching there are some incredible things that are about to happen the will completely move the series into a new era.

  • Anonymous

    This article is referencing 3 fans?

  • Mike

    This article is referencing 3 fans?

  • Anonymous

    Most of you are missing the point, they said that they aren’t leaving because of the deaths, it’s more about how they feel the writers, etc are manipulating the viewers and just going for shock value, etc. I’m betting though, that these same “fans” that are leaving are the ones who complain when they have a show like last weeks where it was slower, and not as much action. I say good riddance to them. I never even liked Zombie movies, but I’ve been hooked on this show since the very first day I watched it, and I feel they are doing a wonderful job. There has never been an episode where I have been bored. The show has made me laugh, cry, and go through a whole roller coaster of other emotions. I will be a die hard fan till the end.

    • Anonymous

      *hasn’t been an episode* not has lol

  • Sherry

    I don’t know about people leaving. I know of a few that has started season 1 this season so they can catch up and they are already hooked. My husband and I watch every week and can’t wait to be on the edge of our seats everytime. Love the show!!! Keep it up!! No worries. There are plenty of die hard fans and more starting every day.

  • jennifer

    Good let the cry babies go. I’m sick and tired of them bitching about what happened and they don’t like it. Why don’t you turn on the news and watch isis killed people on live TV and this is real not a tv show. I just don’t understand people…

  • John

    There was literally no way to advance the story when All Out War comes if Glenn DIDN’T die! I will never understand people…

  • Betty Rapier

    I love the show. Please don’t cancel it. If people can’t handle it there are other channels, but leave the rest of us alone. If you allow your young child to watch it, that’s on you. it’s not called the walking dead because it’s a musical.

  • Matthew

    People just need to grow the hell up…just because things don’t turn out they way they want them they whine and complain about everything. For the longest time people complained about the character development and wanted to see more walkers and gore….now that they have that they are complaining it is too much.

    In all honesty, if the same gore sequences in the premiere happened to walkers instead of two main characters…you wouldn’t hear a damn peep from anyone!!!!!

  • Reatha Kirkwood

    I’m 66 and I love this show.

  • Peggy

    The deaths of Glenn and Abe bothered me, even brought tears trickling down????, but, what gutted me was Rick making the tortured decision to use the axe on his own son. Heartsick the way Rick was broken???? Andrew Lincoln is an AWESOME actor.

  • George McGnarly

    That’s a Game of Thrones picture, you tossers.

HAS THE WALKING DEAD KILLED THEIR FANS?

According to The Verge, and several Twitter fans of The Walking Dead, many die-hards are leaving the show this season after the opening episode of Season 7 where we lost Glenn and Abraham. They’re also leaving in troves as the ratings have dropped to an all time low since Season 3.

Rest assured: these numbers DO predict the future of the shows that run on TV. With the recent backlash of gore, Walking Dead even had to cut back the blood in Fat Joey’s death.

They are listening to the fans, but some have gone completely rogue and are boycotting the show at every turn. 

The main reason people are leaving isn’t just because two leads were killed, where only one was expected to die. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be anyone left to watch Game of Thrones, where leads die off in packs.

Game of Thrones | Photo Credit HBOGame of Thrones | Photo Credit HBO

The reason people are leaving is that they feel the creators are more about the shock value of the show than the story. Essentially, the series has gotten to a point where it’s more into manipulating its audience than being faithful.

Obviously, this is somewhat of a double-edged sword. While it can’t be denied, why would fans want everything exactly like the comic series? Have we not developed a degree of trust in a show so powerful? Is it possible that these thoughts are just from fair-weather fans?

Blaming Showrunner Scott Gimple

Some fans blame new showrunner, Scott Gimble, saying he took an emotionally charged show that involved zombie deaths and character growth and turned it into torture porn, rather than a network drama.

The evidence for this idea started in Season 6 when we went down the rabbit hole as the gang was trying to escape. Again, this can be argued both ways. Were we manipulated or were we given a chance to feel scared for our heroes?

Other points of manipulation include Glenn’s dumpster death (which even involved removing his name from the credits). They leaked bashed-in-head photos online. And yes, they filmed everyone to avoid actual leaks, but this seems no different than Christopher Nolan keeping his work private. They kept Negan’s identity secret.  But again, this is somewhat of a stretch and is more about storytelling. Consider the opening of The Departed where we don’t see Nicholson’s face, but merely a silhouette for the first few scenes to add drama.

Negan in The Walking Dead | Photo Credit ComicBook.comNegan in The Walking Dead | Photo Credit ComicBook.com

Will Negan Make Rick Stronger?

Whatever your opinion, this all lead up to the premiere where Glenn and Abraham were killed by the hands of Negan in a horrific manner involving Lucille, Negan’s trustworthy baseball bat.

Later, when Negan was attempting to force Rick to cut off his son’s arm, some refer to this as cruel and violent, as well as cheap tension. Again, this feels like something necessary to change Carl and Rick’s relationship within the story. To a degree, whatever Negan does will make Rick stronger.

While it would appear to be best to defend the series, those who are leaving seem to have their minds set. They feel that the show has left its roots of character development, which could tie in with the fact that we already know King Ezekiel’s background, something that may have been kept secret longer before.

Whatever these quitters feel about this new fork in the road, one can’t help but think of a favorite team’s losing season after a big win. Fewer jerseys line the store windows, and ticket prices are lower, but maybe it’s because the fans just haven’t screamed loud enough.

We’ll find out soon enough.