But The Walking Dead is NOT Star Trek!

The Walking Dead Season 5

The Walking Dead season six finale continues to prompt plenty of debate.

This article contains spoilers for season six of The Walking Dead.

The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, has written a letter to the show’s fans discussing the now infamous season six finale, making a somewhat strange comparison with Star Trek that is unlikely to appease the multitude of angry viewers.

As we now know, Negan’s much anticipated introduction was soured by the decision to keep his first victim a mystery, and in a letter published in the latest issue of The Walking Dead comic Kirkman said the following:

“When viewed as a two-part episode (the same way EVERY SEASON of Star Trek: The Next Generation ended with the first half of a two-part episode that was a cliff-hanger…) it’s going to be a pretty awesome ride.”

The thing is we did not tune in to watch Star Trek; we are fans of The Walking Dead and suggesting that just because it worked for one show it will work for another does not cut it.

There is no way to repair the damage done to season six now…even with open letters and apparent apologies.

What is done is done; it did not work and it is now up to season seven to win everyone over again.

We all know it will, because at its best The Walking Dead is still superb television. But one doubts the majority of fans will ever look back at the season six finale with anything other than disdain, because even as the first hour of a two-part episode it was one big misstep.