You know how I was wondering whether the third and final season of The Leftovers would live up to the spectacular season 2? Well, from what we’ve seen already, I can’t say I’m too worried any more. After a very promising premiere, it keeps getting better and better, and I just hope we’ll eventually get to an episode that will measure up to the incredibly high standard set by International Assassin last year.
The Leftovers is back and I’m actually surprised to say I’m as excited about this final season as I am about GoT. The teaser trailers did a great job of compounding the mysteries and upping the ante before it even started, and this season premiere definitely lived up to the hype as far as I’m concerned: true to form, it raises the stakes from the moment it hits our screens, ends on a very weird note, with a whole lot of crazy self-referential details in the middle… so let’s get into this:
I almost prefaced this with a disclaimer that I normally don’t go for this type of show (and by “this type of show” I mean the kind of family drama that loosely ties a mystery into the plot for added suspense, but mostly focuses on relationships). But then I thought wait, aren’t you the one who’s devoted plenty of posts on this blog discussing the merits of The Affair? So yeah, scratch that.
What did we learn from The Walking Dead season 7 finale?
Well I, for one, am a sucker – for sentimental crap and small triumphs alike, so the finale hit most of those chords for me:
We got the “epic” battle we’d been anticipating all season long, the long awaited mauling of a couple of Saviors courtesy of Shiva the tiger, an emotional voice-over montage that would befit a series finale, a sad (albeit predictable) death with its requisite accompanying flashbacks, a death scare that (again, predictably) was a false alarm, a couple of Deus ex machina moments, and – most importantly – we finally got some plot development.
I know I’m not the only one buzzing with anticipation for the new Game of Thrones season… July 16 can’t get here soon enough, and, as bummed as I am for the shorter season run, I have to assume that this means less filler, solid episodes and amazing action leading up to the grand finale that will be the (even shorter) last season of the show.
Well, well, well… After the recent slump, TWD finally gave us an episode that had little to whine about, and plenty of moments that either satisfied hard-core fans, set up future plot points or just plain made us say hell yeah. As a bonus, they actually showed us three separate locations this week, which was so damn refreshing.
Look, I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate some good ol’ character development on The Walking Dead. On a show that features so few scenes of characters actually opening up and talking about their feelings, a good heart-to-heart is always welcome, right?
Well, almost always. With a couple of episodes to go until the season finale, I would have preferred those honest, emotional moments to have taken place some other time. Like, you know, sometime during the slow, uneven first half of the season…?
Remember that underwhelming buddy comedy episode we got last season, when Rick and Daryl first came across Jesus? This week’s ‘Say Yes’ was the right way to do it, even if it was quite obviously intended as Richonne fan service. It was fun, touching at times and featured a few awesome walker kills (although it will be pretty damn impossible to top that walker clothesline from the mid-season premiere).