The second season of Preacher ended last night with a slow burn of a finale punctuated by a few twists and turns. This has pretty much been the blueprint for this season, if not the entire series: long stretches of fizzle, followed by a few moments of sizzle. Given the show's source material, I expected so much more — but it's time to finally realise that's not this show.
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The Walking Dead has been a big money-making success at AMC, pulling in an impressive number of viewers for the network. But Skybound — the entertainment company founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman — just announced that Amazon will be the home of all their new TV content moving forward.
Video: Given that the war between Rick and Negan had just begun in last season's finale, we were expecting The Walking Dead's first season eight footage would be epic. It definitely is, but it's the trailer's very unexpected final shot that has us scratching our head about what it means. And you can watch it and be equally baffled here.
The Walking Dead's original showrunner Frank Darabont continues to paint a bizarre (and vulgar) picture about the first two seasons of the show, as his $US280 million ($362.2 million) legal fight against AMC has unveiled thousands of documents and emails from his time on set. In short, he was pissed.
Humans is a sci-fi drama about a world where robots are as ubiquitous as smart phones. Much like in Westworld, the artificial lives born in Humans have been slaves to humanity's whims, and just like in the finale of Westworld, a rebellion has formed. But Humans has had much better success with exploring precisely what an advance in artificial sentience would look like to the world at large — and in the process it's done an arguably better job of showing just how predictably callous and afraid humans are when dealing with a group they have deemed "inferior".
Robert Kirkman is apparently discounting the possibility that ratings fall and AMC cancels The Walking Dead. Or, the expense eventually makes the show not worth it, and AMC cancels it. Or, and I think we all agree this is the most likely option, the world ends in an apocalypse that makes The Walking Dead both redundant and hard to produce.
If you've been as bored watching The Walking Dead twiddle its decomposing thumbs this season as I've been, then the mid-season finale was probably equally satisfying to you. It was a pretty low-key episode — with a few violent exceptions — but one that finally got Rick out of his funk and put Alexandria and the other groups on the path to war with Negan and the Saviors.
If you're invested in a TV series, it can be tough watching the protagonist making a decision you know to be dumb. If three protagonists all make a dumb decision — the same dumb decision — it can be agonising. The latest episode of The Walking Dead features three of our "heroes" all enacting doomed, stupid plans. And despite it being yet another needlessly 90-minute episode, only one of them even got close enough to actually fail.