THE WALKING DEAD Season Six
Begin The Negan
released 26 september 2015-2016 | 18 | blu-ray/dVd
Showrunner scott m Gimple Cast andrew lincoln, Norman reedus, stephen Yeun, danai Gurira
The Walking Dead’s sixth outing is the show in microcosm – lengthy runs of episodes where nothing much happens, punctuated by short bursts of two or three sublime instalments.
When this season is good it’s knot-in-your-stomach amazing – Rick and co’s efforts to redirect a zombie horde in the first three episodes are an ingenious and beautifully constructed piece of storytelling, while mid-season premiere “No Way Out” contains a sucker punch so visceral it takes you hours to recover. Unfortunately, such standout moments don’t come often enough.
There’s no doubt that the series plays to its strengths – amazingly inventive zombie stunts; a willingness to mess around with the Walking Dead formula; embracing the most violent soap opera in history – yet there’s something not quite right here. This year the show has become self-aware, and over-reliant on playing around with storylines viewers think they know from the comics. The faux character death that wound up the internet, the protracted build-up to uber-villain Negan’s arrival, and the headlinegrabbing (yet dramatically unsatisfying) cliffhanger finale all feel like writers playing games with the audience – and it’s to the show’s detriment. Hopefully season seven will embrace the element of surprise again.
Extras Seven episode commentaries and four deleted scenes (seven minutes), plus featurettes like the in-depth “Inside The Walking Dead” (70 minutes) and “The Making Of The Walking Dead” (55 minutes). The Blu-ray comes with a longer version of the finale. Richard Edwards
As part of a prank war, Norman Reedus filled the air vents on Andrew Lincoln’s car with glitter. See bit.ly/WDglitter.
The Countryside Alliance got nasty.