TV Review – The Walking Dead – S07E01: The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be

“The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” was one of (if not the most) intense, brutal and heart-wrenching hour of television that has even been produced.  It is hard to even imagine another episode of television that would even come close to topping this season premiere of The Walking Dead.

The cliffhanger at the end of last season sent shockwaves of emotion and speculation about who wouldn’t survive.  In the days leaving up to last night’s episode, titled ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be’, the theories ran wild, and they were just that theories.  Viewers who tuned in witnessed something that will be talked about and remembered for a very long time.  That being said, it is going to be difficult to give a spoiler-free review.  But this is going to be the best attempt that can be made.

There are already angry cries about how this episode “crossed the line”.  In an online poll taken by TVLine, the margin of votes that it was too violent versus those who didn’t was very close.  However, of those who voted, it was clear that they would not stop watching the show due to this one episode.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMCFor those who haven’t watched the seventh season premiere yet, you probably should and soon.  Social media is buzzing with reactions, good and bad about what happened.  The episode begins at the very instant last season left off.  Rick and his people are prisoners of Negan, who has chosen someone to quite literally beat to death with his barbed-wire wrapped baseball bat he loving named Lucille.

The episode does a bit of time jumping back and forth within the day as details are revealed and we are shown the aftermath of Negan’s onslaught.  The focus in mainly on Rick and Negan throughout the episode.  Negan feels that killing one of the group wasn’t enough and he tries to break Rick and eventually succeeds.  Just when you think the carnage is over, things take an unexpected turn and it begins all over again.

High praise is in order for Andrew Lincoln and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the whole cast and crew for that matter.  Maybe the writers should be taken out back and slapped around a little. Lincoln, who has always been brilliant for his ability to convey emotions and speak volumes with out his facial expressions.  Morgan, who was probably born for this role, was fantastic as Negan.  He had the majority of the dialog in the episode and played every moment skillfully evil. Lauren Cohan and Chandler Riggs also turned in amazing performances.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams, Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford, Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Austin Nichols as Spencer Monroe, Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Ross Marquand as Aaron, Katelyn Nacon as Enid, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMCNow that the big question from last season has been answered, we’re now left with even more.  Where are Carol and Morgan?  How will the people left behind in Alexandria and Hilltop react to Rick’s apparent acquiescence to Negan’s demands?  Will Rick eventually fight back?  This season of The Walking Dead promises to be memorable, if only this season opener.  There are sure to be more emotional moments, more lives lost and plenty blood and gore.

So what were your reactions to the season premiere of The Walking Dead?  We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below.

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