Originally Posted by zeus33
It was one episode....one that played out (mostly) the way it was written in the comics. It's part of the story. There are lots of new things coming this season. If the whole season had been about Negan behaving this way, then I would understand the judgement. It just started.....LOTS of new things, places and characters coming. Besides, The Walking Dead was never a "fun" show, nor will it ever be. Life sucks in the zombie apocalypse. There is pain, suffering, loss and death, every day. It's the way of life.
Besides, if the writer doesn't like it, don't watch it.
While the violence seemed over the top to some, I don't think it was so much for shock factor. They got that by taking out Glenn when it wasn't expected. The whole episode was about the breaking of Rick. Completely stripping him of all hope and defiance and reducing him to a whimpering, begging shadow of his former self. Negan wants to be sure that no one, even for one second, will think about challenging him. Mission accomplished, with the exception of Maggie. She is the only irrational person that thinks that. She's hormonal and not thinking clearly. But as you saw, Rick quickly shut that down and said "we will all die". Negan got his point across perfectly.
I respectfully disagree. Full disclosure: I still have not watched it (but plan to tonight or tomorrow). However, I have read several very descriptive accounts. For me, I have no problem with the loss of the characters (save for Glenn, one of my favorites). That's not the point.
Rather, the graphic and drawn out violence is what I have issues with. Sure, we have seen zombie after zombie stabbed, shot, arrowed, set on fire, etc. The difference there is that they are typically anonymous monsters who we not only have no emotional attachment to, but they are usually "killed" while on the attack, i.e. a threat. Ditto for most of the opponent/enemy human killings (Rick ripping out that douche bags throat comes to mind).
And most deaths (that I can recall) of our gang have been brief: Beth, Hershel, Shane... Laurie's wasn't even shown (nor were the murderous little girls or the two at the prison).
Also, I don't know how you can compare illustrations in a graphic novel to recreations of brutal torture enacted on real people. After the last shot of season 6, they could have just shown Abraham dead at the beginning of season 7. One or two shots of him killing Glen and mission accomplished (to use your words). Make no mistake, the graphic and drawn out violence everyone has described was done for one reason: shock factor.
Two more points about your comments: I find it interesting that you describe Maggie as "hormonal". What if, rather than killing off Glenn, Negan had instead killed Maggie? I would fully expect Glenn to react the same way. Wouldn't you?
Also, to your comment that if the writer didn't like it, don't watch it. How then would the writer know they didn't like it?