The Walking Dead
Technically those of use who watched this past week’s episode of The Walking Dead early for review were not supposed to say that it was definitely Michonne’s last one, but people seemed to have figured it out anyway.
After a stellar episode the previous week where (spoilers) Negan redeemed himself by killing Alpha, that culminated in the show’s highest rated episode since the season 10 premiere as Danai Gurira left the series (presumably) for good, perhaps returning only for Rick Grimes’ spin-off films, though that hasn’t officially been announced yet.
Here’s AMC explaining the jump:
“In Nielsen live+3 ratings, TWD episode 1013 delivered 5.3 million total viewers, 3 million adults 25-54 and 2.4 million adults 18-49. Total viewers and adults 25-54 were up 4 percent from the previous week and more than 25 percent over episode 1011 two weeks ago. Adults 18-49 were up 3 percent from the previous week, and 34 percent over episode 1011.”
While The Walking Dead has hit several series lows this season, the fact remains that it’s still a top five series on Sunday nights, behind only the likes of network powerhouses such as This is Us and Grey’s Anatomy, and it remains the number one cable show by quite a wide margin.
The Walking Dead
AMC’s plans for The Walking Dead have been disrupted more than most by the spread of the coronavirus outbreak (not without some irony). First it was announced that filming would shut down on The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, likely delaying those next seasons. Then there was the news that new spin-off, The Walking Dead: World Beyond would not debut in April and would be pushed to a later date. Now, it’s been confirmed that because of the lockdown, post-production work could not even be finished on the season 10 finale of The Walking Dead, which was supposed to air in just three weeks, so that will have to air by itself some time later this year when all this is over.
Regardless, AMC is going full steam ahead with endless Walking Dead content in some form or another and sees no reason to stop now.
I may not have loved the Michonne farewell episode itself (she needed to come back and say goodbye to everyone!), but seasons 9 and 10 have been stellar in general, and the Alpha-death episode the previous week is one of the best in series history. I’ve seen tomorrow’s episode as well and…it’s good. That’s all I’ll say.
I will be said to see season 10 end early and then have future content delayed indefinitely. But hopefully this is all over soon.