THE WALK­ING DEAD Sea­son Six

Be­gin The Ne­gan

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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.

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