The Walking Dead - The Day Will Come When You Won't Be (7.01 Review)

By Lauren - October 25, 2016

"The Walking Dead is an American horror television drama series developed by Frank Darabont. It's based on the Comic Series of the same name by Robert KirkmanTony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, a police officer who gets shot in the line of duty and awakens from a coma to find the world dominated by the literal walking dead (Walkers). He sets out to find his family and encounters some other survivors along the way. " 


In the season six finale of The Walking Dead, we last saw our heroes at the mercy of Negan and his army of survivors. The last episode hinted at a character death which left viewers on the edge of their seats with the cliffhanger of not knowing who had been killed. 
After the long wait, season seven picked up where the show had last left off. We do find out which character was brutally killed by Negan and also get to see a glimpse more into just how evil and twisted the character really is. 
I've seen a few reviews online complaining about how graphic and gritty this episode was and briefly wanted to touch on that. First of all, we need to realize this show is TV-MA for a reason. I can agree that the episode was hard to watch and most definitely cringe-worthy, making me understand why it would elicit those types of responses. However, ratings aside, I really feel the writers and show producers nailed the season opening. As shocking and difficult as this was to watch, I applaud them for taking more of a risk with their viewers and delivering the type of emotionally raw content that is rarer in Hollywood nowadays. (Think Jessica Jones) The acting in the episode was phenomenal as well. Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) delivered a believable, emotionally heartfelt performance and Jeffery Dean Morgan (Negan) gave us a realistically frightening introduction to this season's antagonist. The rest of the cast did not disappoint either.
Overall, I want to give a good review for both the strong plot and acting and would recommend watching it if you haven't already to see what I'm talking about. (It's hard to write up a lengthy review without spoilers, just sayin'!) It will be interesting to see where the writers take the show from the strong opening of last week and onward throughout the rest of the season. 

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 30th @ 9pm on AMC

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