Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Walking Dead: Season 6: Blu Ray Review

The Walking Dead: Season 6: Blu Ray Review

Rating: M
Released by Universal Home Ent

The sixth season of The Walking Dead is about one thing - Negan.

The arrival of the biggest threat Rick and his gang of survivors has ever faced hangs heavily over most of the episodes of this season and bizarrely also represents some of the most negativity the show's faced.

But let's back up first; season 6 sees Rick and the group trying to divert a mass horde of Walkers away from Alexandria. However, this plan all goes to hell when a group of others attack (known as the Wolves, with W carved in their heads and teased repeatedly in season 5). As the group tries to protect Alexandria and its inhabitants, distant threats edge ever closer.

Season 6 is a great season for action sequences, but a frustrating one for treatment of some of its characters.

An apparent death of Glenn at the hands of Walkers is perhaps the biggest surprise, but becomes the show's biggest albatross as his fate isn't revealed. A second further non death later in the season for Glenn doesn't help - and ultimately, the writers came under fire for messing with a fan favourite who has a set path in the comics to follow.

But while there are moments that irritate in Season 6 of The Walking Dead, the exploration of some themes such as the nature of consequence and whether Rick's right to do what he does makes for fascinating viewing. With the return of Lennie James' peace-loving Morgan, the juxtaposition of contradictory viewpoints makes for compelling banter between Rick and Morgan, as well as the show's ethos of what it would be like to survive in this world and how far you'd go

However, the real thrill comes in the final episode with the arrival of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan. Simply put, Morgan owns the screen from the second he's on, and it's no wonder the writers refused to show who dies at Lucille's hands - any death would have taken from Negan's arrival and would detract from the sterling work done by all the cast at the end of the run.

Season 7 of The Walking Dead starts soon, and while there are a few mis-fires in season 6, the game's changed - and it's with feverish anticipation that we see what's next.

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