Walking Dead fans are breaking up with the show over that major death

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Should you break up with The Walking Dead because of the way things went in both the season finale last year and the season premiere on Sunday?

The Walking Dead returned to our lives this past weekend, and there has been a mass exodus by fans who have had enough. After watching two main characters get their heads bashed in, fans are breaking up with the show for a variety of different reasons.

It seems that the easiest crutch to lean on when saying you’re leaving the show is outrage over the way the season finale cliffhanger was handled in the premiere. Basically, we waited six months to see exactly what we thought we were going to see, and none of it made a lot of sense.

That argument then fractures off to the sect of defectors who are mad that the show is stuck in a rut. It seems that every season is the same storyline in a different location, and the idea of a series being a giant character study doesn’t seem sustainable.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this is not an appropriate time to divorce the show.

Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode and is as synonymous with the show’s direction as is Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple, defended the whole situation.

"“I would say that [their threat] means we have done something to affect these people in a way that they don’t necessarily know how to process,” he suggested. “Listen… I’ve been shocked at the turns of events on [Game of Thrones]. But you know what? I still love it. And I’m still committed to seeing where that story goes. So I think it’s a knee-jerk reaction that people have, because they care about these characters. That’s a tribute to every single actor on our show that has perished. It’s unfortunate that people want to take a negative spin on it… [and especially] if that’s really what’s going to happen [and they’ll stop watching], because the show still has a lot to offer!”"

Truthfully, if you are just now breaking up with The Walking Dead you should ah ve done it a long time ago. There are arguments much stronger than ‘they killed Glenn’ or ‘they made us wait just so they could kill Glenn’ to be made for leaving the show.

But let’s not make this into a negative. People leaving the show because of this is an indication that the series is doing exactly what it set out to do. It has enraged viewers so much that it is causing an adverse reaction. This is a television show — it’s not real life. Yet, the events that transpired on The Walking Dead this weekend have caused very real life emotions to be felt.

If that’s not the mark of a television show that is truly engaging and having an impact on your life — for better or for worse — than I don’t know what is.