Verdict: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1 “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”

Bloody, brutal and relentless, ‘The Walking Dead’ hides its tired, tedious formula with gore and bold moves but lacks the narrative purpose to provide momentum. While Negan’s unpredictable (to the characters atleast) killing promotes the villains mentality, the effect seems formulaic and the aftermath should be just that. We have seen people die and Rick being broken by an initially god-like entity before. This episode provides nothing new.  Jeffery Dean Morgan, however, does do wonders with the script (especially the casual humour) but any tension or menace he creates is diluted by the episode’s awful structural design, it’s fantastical, biblical and often silly imagery, and the show’s own self hype and pretension. The Walking Dead believes it is superior to its audience, expressive and distinct, yet in reality it has become a comedic, ridiculous parody of itself.  A melodrama with little restraint, a whole lot of sadism and no purpose. 4.5/10

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