When Shane sacrificed someone to save himself in the second season of The Walking Dead, the scene highlighted a shift in how the audience were being asked to view morality in this new world. Now into its sixth season, that idea of right and wrong has never been more apparent.
Having found sanctuary in The Alexandria Safe-Zone, an upscale community set up to be self-sufficient, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his motely crew’s moral code is in complete contrast to the people that they now call neighbours. The Alexandria citizens are clinging onto their humanity, and Rick is just a big old poster boy for everything that’s wrong in this zombie swamped apocalypse. In turn, members of Rick’s team, such as beaten wife turned warrior, Carol (Melissa McBride), now faced with a glimpse of what life used to be like, find themselves questioning what they have become.
Even if everyone was to hang up their guns tomorrow, though, there are still people out there wishing to do them harm. But before then, The Walking Dead takes some time out to focus on characters and, like Game Of Thrones, it’ll do you no good to pick a favourite, as anyone could be next, as shown in the shattering episode, “No Way Out.”
The Walking Dead has faced criticism in the past for never really putting its main core of characters in situations that they can’t get out of. However, this season’s antagonist in the form of a whispered name, Negan, could change all that. The show holds back on who that is with numerous false starts and red herrings, but come the finale, it’s clear that The Walking Dead’s showrunners are ready to make drastic changes, and Negan is at the forefront of that revolution.