End of an era. The final season of The Walking Dead premieres tonight.
It was October 31, 2010. A Sunday night back in the 8th grade. I don't remember the details of my middle school memory; Friday night football game, hanging out with my friends for Halloween, but I do remember that Sunday night. All commercials were hyping up this "Walking Dead" show on AMC.
I was intrigued. I never was into the whole zombie, sci-fi genre, but it was different. What made it different was the show was in a world where zombie movies were never a thing. Nobody knew what a zombie was, hence why this main crew called them walkers. It was an apocolypse show, a show about survival, starting from the beginning, strategy.
I was hooked.
I followed along and watched the show evolve. They did things unconditionally. We all knew Rick would be the main character, the "it" guy, but we had to watch a character arch. We watched them kill off people left and right, and do so so grueling, that you were surprised it wasn't on HBO, but just regular cable television.
I watched every weekend. Throughout high school, in college, while in Spain, vacations, every single weekend. When they killed off my favorite characters, I still watched.
After a decade, I was already too deep to not finish the series. The following dwindled, and the show was losing it's magic.
Then they did the unthinkable. They killed off Rick Grimes, or that's what the characters in the show thought. It was starting to become very unrealistic, which is hard to do in a show about a zombie apocalypse.
AMC took the show and made it too big for it's bridges. We had to go through all of these spin-offs (which were kind of trash and irrelevant) just to learn one small piece of relevant information. We were promised a Rick Grimes 3-part movie, and that sadly was a false promise. Then they announced that season 11 was the last one, however it was a 3-part season, so it was kind of three additional seasons.
It pained me when they said the show was coming to an end, but it needed to be done. The storylines were getting dragged, there were too many characters, things were getting mixed up. But alas, After 11 seasons and 12 years, tonight is the night. The final chapter, the final season, the final showing of the beloved show about a group of survivors.
I. Cannot. Wait. I am in way too deep to not be stoked for this finale. Especially when you drop a trailer like this, seeing all of the great characters "return" and have THE RICK GRIMES narrating it, it sends shivers down my spine.
I truly don't know what's going to happen. They better bring back Rick, Michonne, and somehow tie all the lives are lost. Greg Nicotero is back in the mix directing. Angela King has done a solid job telling the story. The last episode is called Rest in Peace... Big things are going to happen, and hopefully us fans can be excited for what's to come.