The Walking Dead's Midseason Finale Was the Worst-Reviewed of the Entire Series

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 - 2:58PM
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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 - 2:58PM
The Walking Dead's Midseason Finale Was the Worst-Reviewed of the Entire Series
After six seasons, The Walking Dead is still doing admirably well. It can do no wrong in the ratings (and is probably the only geek property capable of beating Sunday Night Football), and is consistently received well by critics, which is extremely unusual for an unabashedly genre show. Which made it all the more telling when the midseason that aired on Sunday, "Start to Finish," was torn apart by reviewers. It currently holds a 32% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the worst-received episode of The Walking Dead so far.

According to RT, every season has received glowing reviews, averaging scores in the high 80's to mid-90's. In seasons one and three, every single episode was "Fresh," meaning that 60% or more of the reviews were positive, and seasons two, four, and five each only had one "rotten" episode ("Cherokee Rose," "Dead Weight," and "Them," respectively). Season six started off remarkably strong, with the first four episodes all scoring either a 96 or 97%, but then, as we all know, things sort of fell apart from there. Between the Glenn debacle, the needlessly slow storytelling, and the focus on unpopular characters like Ron and Sam, season six has racked up three "rotten" episodes in the last four weeks, finishing up with the wildly unpopular "Start to Finish."

I'm not sure "Start to Finish" is the worst episode of The Walking Dead (it's probably somewhere in season four when the group was split and they were taking forever and a day to get to Terminus), but it definitely deserved the bad reviews. As we wrote in our review, the episode didn't even feel like a midseason finale, and there were absolutely no stakes. We knew none of the characters we cared about were going to die (thanks for that, Glenn), and while the show usually does a great job with cliffhangers, the ending was just plain awkward. It didn't feel like a cliffhanger at all, it just felt like a potentially exciting scene ended about ten minutes early.

It's telling that the only really good scene was the post-credits preview of the rest of the season, but at least that means things will get better (once a certain comics villain arrives on the scene):



The Walking Dead returns on February 14.
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