We just saw the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead and it looks like the show is improving. It’s pleasantly different and for a TV show that depended so much on rehashing the same old things, it’s quite exciting to see what happens next.
However, we’re basing this on just the first episodes. There are a lot of recurring plotlines in the show that begin to make it look like it’s not worth our time. If the current season of The Walking Dead wishes to be exciting and surprising, the writers will have to stay away from these repeating plotlines.
Here is our list of 5 recurring The Walking Dead plotlines.
1. A character always seems to have a hard time accepting that zombies are not people
Don’t get us wrong, it’s obvious that in a TV show revolving around people becoming zombies we have to see someone struggle with the idea of killing a loved one who just turned into a zombie. This is one of the most important things you’ll see in a zombie movie. But the writers insist on using the same story season after season like it’s an entirely different thing each time.
Initially there was Morgan, the man who saved Rick when he got out of the coma, who struggled with the fact that he had to shoot his zombie wife. He did, however, eventually kill her after she tried to eat their child.
In season 2, we came across Hershel on the farm where Rick and the rest had to spend a whole year (because of budget cuts). And guess what Hershel was doing? That’s right. He had a lot of zombies in a barn because he couldn’t cope with the idea that they weren’t in fact people. Remember how that turned out?
In season 3, when the Governor came into play, we initially thought that he had a very dark and deep secret, but as it turns out, the writers reused the same plotline as in the first two seasons. The Governor had an undead daughter that he kept alive.
In season 4 we are introduced to Lizzie, a very dysfunctional girl that eventually becomes “friends” with a zombie. She later kills her own sister so that she may have a lasting zombie friend to hang out with. There’s no reason to rehash the same old plotlines to show how humanity falls.
2. Death is the salvation of lazy writing
In a show about the undead, it’s only natural that death can be found everywhere. With that in mind, there’s no reason why every time the writers want Rick and the rest to leave a place, to make an army of zombies appear out of mid-air and chase the group away. This easily becomes tiresome. Zombies aren’t that fast! You would see them coming from miles away.
Also, when a zombie is popping out on someone, those people act like they’ve never seen a zombie in their life and they are completely unprepared to fight it, as if they aren’t in the midst of a zombie outbreak. And, on top of this, why would zombies ever hide? Why would the undead pretend like they’re really… well, dead? They’re supposed to roam around, searching for food.
And the deaths in the show that aren’t related to zombies are even more ridiculous. Like in the last midseason finale when Beth stabs the cop with scissors just moments away from a clean get-away and then she is killed. What kind of person does that? It’s this kind of writing that makes us wonder if the writers know how humans act at all.
3. There’s always an idiot who gets killed
Even though we’ve seen a lot of good characters in the show, most of them are actually idiots that wouldn’t last 5 minutes alive if a zombie outbreak were to happen. It’s probably why all of them are now dead…
We were initially introduced to Merle in the first season. He seriously had no purpose in the show other than to annoy everyone and to die a stupid death that felt like it was written in 10 or 20 minutes.
We were also blessed with the love triangle between Rick, Shane and Lori. Lori was probably the most annoying character of them all, and was probably less intelligent than the zombies scattered throughout the world.
And then there’s Shane, who in all fairness started out being quite a dynamic and decent character but ended up being a shallow, caricature of a person. Of course, there are more, but we don’t want to go into details. To keep things simple we’ll say only this: Andrea, Bob and Father Gabriel.
4. Rick constantly struggles with his humanity the same way in every season
Rick is the hero of the show and he seems like a decent guy. However, with every season it seems like we are watching a heavily bearded dude that keeps on struggling with the same inner battles, incapable of accepting that he’s now the warden of the zombie apocalypse.
Rick leaves Merle on a ruff in season 1. He does have a change of heart, however, and tries to go back after the guy to give him the keys to his handcuffs, but ultimately fails to do so. In season 2, we see Shane and Rick arguing whether to kill Randall or not. In season 3 he struggles over sending Michonne to get killed so that the war between Woodbury and the prison stops.
And by the time we get to season 4, Rick has killed just as many people as a serial killer and yet he still has a guilty conscience because he sent Carol away. Rick never seems to come at peace with the fact that he has to put the needs of the many before those of the few.
Even in this premiere Rick has the same “I won’t kill people” attitude that he’s been struggling with, even since the first time he laid eyes on a zombie. We wonder who he’ll kill next…
5. There’s always a goal the characters never seem to achieve
The characters in The Walking Dead are almost constantly thinking up new things that they believe would lead to their salvation.
They initially want to reach the CDC in season 1. They honestly believe their salvation lies within those walls and that they will definitely find a cure there. That doesn’t turn out too great when the only guy there is a complete psycho that at least tells them they’re all infected before killing himself (and taking others with him).
In season 2 we have the farm in which they all try to settle in, but they’re eventually chased away by some zombies. In the next season we are presented with the prison (which is basically the same thing as the farm from the previous season) and Woodbury, and we all know how well this ends up for them. In season 4 the prison is out of the picture and they head to another salvation spot called Terminus. Terminus, however, is filled with cannibals. Yay!
In season 4 we also get to meet Eugene, who tells everybody that he’s a genius and has a cure for all that zombie mumbo-jumbo. They later find out that he’s a fraud and fooled them for the sake of his own protection. We honestly can’t blame the guy; it does seem like a reasonable thing to do…
With this being said, we really hope the writers of the show stop using the same recurring plotlines and start coming up with some new ones.
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