Fans have been reacting to the mid-season finale of Season Seven of The Walking Dead.
Despite the first episode drawing a whopping 17.1 million viewers, making it the second-highest rated episode in the show’s history, figures have plummeted in recent weeks with each episode jumping to a different story and set of characters.
But fans appear to have got back onside with Season Seven with many hailing last night’s dramatic finale.
You can see a selection of reactions below:
i regret staying up and watching the walking dead sooooo much rn BUT IT WAS SOOO GOOD! pic.twitter.com/w28bZUcPcg
— josueelopeez (@josueelopeez) December 12, 2016
— Deb Wing Colson (@Wigglingwench) December 12, 2016
FUCKING FINALLY THE WALKING DEAD WAS SO GOOD
— Alicks (@ItsAlicks) December 12, 2016
The opening episode of Season Seven was recently criticised by a US TV watchdog group for its “graphically violent” and “brutally explicit” content.
But director Greg Nicotero defended the episode and said it was important to stay true to the comic.
He added: “What struck me about [the comic] was it was horrifically graphic and senseless and brutal. In this instance, we felt that it was important to launch us into this season by showing the extent of what Negan is capable of doing. It’s really unfortunate that people want to take a negative spin on it because, as far as I’m concerned, I’m dedicated to watching a show because I want to see where the story’s going to go next.”
Spoiler alert: the first episode of season seven, titled ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be’, revealed the deaths of characters Glenn Rhee (played by Steven Yeun) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz).
It was also recently confirmed that The Walking Dead has been renewed for an eighth season. Season Eight will premiere in late 2017, kicking off with the show’s 100th episode.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently spoke about the idea of Negan being The Walking Dead‘s protagonist rather than its villain, arguing that his character would be considered to be “so funny and sweet” if he had been cast as the hero.
Morgan’s introduction to the hit AMC show, which is now in its seventh season, has both delighted and reviled fans, particularly after Negan’s explosive actions in the season’s opening episode, which premiered back in October.