‘The Walking Dead’: Season 6 Midseason Review

Season six of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, based on the Image comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Tony Moore, has been full of twists and turns that live up to the incredible success of this remarkable drama. This season was about Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group taking charge of the settlement of Alexandria after leader Deanna’s (Tovah Feldshuh) husband is killed and the assailant executed by Rick on her order. The dead man’s wife Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge) tries to protect her two sons, the eldest of which harbors hatred for the man who killed his father as well as Rick’s son Carl (Chandler Riggs) who was gaining attention from their mutual love interest, the mysterious Enid (Katelyn Nacon). The overarching plot of the season is the community trying to secure Alexandria and Rick proving through his actions that he deserves to lead.

The overarching story of the season was Rick, Daryl (Norman Reedus), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) trying to move a super-herd of walkers away from the community of Alexandria. Of course, nothing goes smoothly, the groups are separated, and all while a pack of humans dubbed ‘The Wolves’ blasts into Alexandria, killing everyone in their path while the town is missing most of its big guns. Glenn apparently dies early on this season, which caused a Twitter firestorm of fan outcry. Morgan’s (Lennie James) philosophy of non-lethal combat is explained in my new favorite episode of The Walking Dead “Here’s Not Here” when the character is in a personal hell but is rehabilitated by the former prison rehabilitation doctor, Eastman (John Carroll Lynch) using the ancient art of Aikido.

In the season finale, as a teaser at the end, Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl, reunited after herding the walkers had failed, run into a motorcycle gang. The leader of the gang mentions the name “Negan” which comic books fans would recognize as The Walking Dead‘s ultimate villain. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been revealed in recent episodes to be playing the infamous character, and with Glenn’s not-so-surprising return one episode before the midseason finale, I think fans of the show have a lot to look forward to when AMC’s The Walking Dead returns in the spring.