The Walking Dead: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”


SPOILER ALERT: This review contains spoiler content.

Sunday night at ten o’clock, the world of The Walking Dead fans was left in shock and drowned in tears after the sixty-minute season premiere.

Our beloved group of apocalypse survivors had been torn apart by one of the worst villains The Walking Dead has ever seen.

If you haven’t caught Sunday’s episode yet, be warned. It was a reveal everyone had been waiting for and prophesizing since April- but no one was prepared for the horrid, brutal deaths (yes, deaths plural).

The season picks up where it left off- Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group is surrounded by Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) and the Saviors, while Negan is deciding whose head he will bash in with his barbed wire wrapped baseball bat, lovingly named Lucille.

But the tragic deaths are not even shown until about ten minutes into the episode in a series of flashbacks form Rick.

The episode begins right after the deaths, with Negan threatening Rick and dragging him into the RV to intimidate him. Negan drives Rick into the middle of a horde of zombies, forcing him out to retrieve Rick’s own hatchet, proving Negan’s newly found control over the former sheriff. Throughout the trauma, Rick has flashbacks to the ruthless deaths that have just occurred.

At the end of season six, we saw a death from the victim’s perspective, who is now revealed as Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz). The brawny, confident sergeant “[took] it like a champ”; he did not shy away even from his death.

With his witty one liners and new found romance, it will be hard to see a world without Abraham, but his death provides the opportunity for Rosita (Christian Serratos), his former love; Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), his new romantic interest; and best friend Eugene (Josh McDermitt), to continue to grow and evolve their personal stories.

Fans may think their pain is over after that round of tears, only to be struck with even more grief. Darryl (Norman Reedus) lashes out, and Negan decides another death is in order: the friendly, caring Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun).

No one wanted to see the fan favorite’s end, especially after his faux death mid-season six.

The producers made this death even more graphic than the former, showing one of his eyes popping out of his skull after being hit by Negan’s bat.

The audience could hear sounds of Glenn’s pain while Negan prolonged his end.

A touching moment did emerge from all this blood shed- Glenn’s final words to his wife, Maggie (Lauren Cohan): “I will find you.” The star-crossed lovers will not be separated even in death.

The episode continued will prolonged zombie violence, expected from a television show about the apocalypse, and intimidation from Negan. The episode, though just as gory and heartbreaking as hoped for, did lack a clear plot line, simply displaying most of the show in flashbacks and lacking interaction from any characters other than Rick and Negan.

It ended with Rick almost being forced to cut off his son Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) arm, which allowed the producers to show Carl growth to understanding what life is now like due to the apocalypse.

Michonne (Danai Gurira), showing weakness at Carl’s supposed fate, also became more than the tough girl she has been characterized as, showing a softer side of her personality and love of her new family.

After the Saviors disappeared, the whole group breaks down over their losses, but Maggie, injured both physical and mentally, is prepared to fight and avenge her husband’s death.

In the next episode, Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman promise the introduction of King Ezekiel’s ‘Kingdom’ and a revelation of Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan’s (Lennie James) fates.

Let’s just hope this episode is less bloody (and less heartbreaking) than the first.