Why I’m skipping (read: postponing) the season finale of The Walking Dead.
I usually try to stay away from Twitter during big television moments that are not broadcast live. It’s not too bad here on the West Coast given the three hour time zone gap; it’s even harder when watching Doctor Who, when I have to stay away from Twitter all day.
I’ve been pumped up about The Walking Dead’s season finale more and more as we’ve gotten closer to the big day. I had planned to stay away from Twitter today, but like most things, I couldn’t deal with the suspense and I peeked. After all, I’m the one in the family who opens Christmas presents because I just can’t deal with the aniticipation…. So I peeked.
But something strange happened tonight. I’ve been home most of the day with a sinus infection, and the television has been tuned in to AMC’s The Walking Dead marathon. The commercials were pumping me up to watch, and up until 7:30pm I’d planned to watch the finale. And then I looked at Twitter.
It looked like the writers were pushing the action to the last few minutes of the show. (As usual) But then the Tweets started coming in after the end of the show, and there was a colossal sense of disappointment coming from the Internet. There were no deaths, as had been predicted. Someone was probably going to die by Neegan’s hands, but at the end of the episode the audience still has no idea who it was.
I’m sure the writing was solid, and I’m sure the story was compelling. TWD writers are fantastic. I am a fan of the show, even through the ebb and flows. I’m not skipping the finale in protest—I’m skipping it for my own sanity! I can wait until October, in spite of the Christmas present thing. I know I’ll enjoy the episode much more knowing that the answer is coming up next, as opposed to watching tonight and having to wait six months to get answers.
Six. Whole. Months.
Yes, I definitely made the right choice….didn’t I?