Verbal vomit in regards to a rapidly deteriorating series | The Walking Dead S10E05: "What It Always Is"

Negan taking a stroll with someone no one cares about, doing something no one cares about
I just finished watching the newest episode of The Walking Dead. I'm not going to review it because, well, frankly, I don't too much like reviewing things (not in the typical fashion, at least). But here's a few quick (admittedly shallow and annoyed) thoughts that came to mind while I was rolling my eyes through this.

It's been a difficult watch without Rick and so many other pivotal characters we've lost. There's simply not many people left — whose character development has been honed in on — to care for or worry about. And it seems that every episode has been cluttered with a bunch of bit players who we're apparently meant to care about, but whose names I sincerely can't even remember most of the time (if someone had a gun to my head, demanding I tell you that deaf girls name or else, I'd be saying my goodbyes fairly quickly).

In all honesty, the only ones whose lives I even worry about anymore are Negan's and Daryl's (and Daryl's is mostly due to the mere nostalgia value of him having been on the show for so long). Even with them, however, I'm not even that concerned. Yeah, they're the best we've got. But they're still nothing spectacular (I know everyone seems to love Negan, but as far as TWD bad guys with a personality go, give me the Governor any day). Michonne perhaps could be made more interesting. But with her getting less and less time on screen, I'm actually finding myself not giving much of a hoot about her anymore either. Same with Eugene, for that matter. Judith is a stranger to me, they never got into Ezekiel's back story enough to make me feel attached to him (I'd rather him died than his tiger that one time), I can't fathom why they'd expect us to care about that doctor with PTSD, and, while I know I'm in the minority on this, I never liked Carol in the first place (mostly because I couldn't buy into her inexplicably sudden turn from timid housewife to badass of the apocalypse).

If we're going to be rebooting this series without Rick, I kind of wish they'd just go back to basics. Maybe make the story smaller with fewer characters (kill them off, move away from them, whatever), so that more time can be put on the people who matter instead of having it split between 15 characters who we neither care about nor get enough time alone with to know. Remember the good old days when it was just a handful of people at an RV? Or a handful of people in a farmhouse? We knew everyone's name, everyone's personal story, and when we sensed that someone was going to die on an upcoming episode, we actually had to think hard about whose loss would give us the least amount of heartbreak. It was a bittersweet feeling that worked very well. But how can we experience that again? Our hearts can only break when there's someone left to love.

And isn't that what the spirit of zombie stories are in the first place? Having a small group of people who we know and love who are put into dangerous, claustrophobic positions? I'm not seeing anything like this now. It seems as if they're not even attempting to make us like these characters. They're just telling us we should. It's like an arranged marriage with a stranger that we're being told is true love, but we know it's really not. If another Negan were to come along at this point, leaving us on a cliffhanger where we knew one of our protagonists were going to die, I don't even think I'd care enough to ponder on it. "Eh, one's just as good as the next" I'd figure. Even when the Whisperer's put those heads on spikes, I had to check online to be reminded of who most of the dead people even were.

Speaking of the Whisperers...

This has to be the least interesting foes who've come along, in my opinion. Compared to the Governor, Negan, et cetera, they really seem like small potatoes. I mean, is there something I'm missing? Compared to our group of survivors, who've defeated so many and have so much in the ways of numbers and supplies, this looks like the US Army shaking in their boots over a random tribe of poverty-stricken loons out in the woods. I'm having difficulty buying them as a large threat, regardless of how much the show seems to be attempting to assure me they are.

Abrupt end to blog post.