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16 Ways The Walking Dead Can Avoid a Series Finale in 2017

16 Ways The Walking Dead Can Avoid a Series Finale in 2017

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The Walking Dead has been a cultural phenomenon since the graphic novel became a hit TV series going on seven seasons ago now and while you could hardly say the show is dead in its tracks it's clear their ratings have dropped and fans are growing restless and disgruntled. The show is definitely still totally amazing for many fans but maybe they could take a few lessons from the success of their competitors ASAP and save themselves from being burned or buried sooner than later.

1. The 100

Man, this one hits close to home. The 100 is loosely based on a book it shares names with and takes place in a dystopian future of a post-apocalyptic America, just like TWD. However, the show quickly learned right smack in season 1 the consequences of making terrible decisions. While TWD is still letting Rick and his misfits make terrible decision after terrible decision, The 100 allow past mistakes to be motivational and educational. It's high time Rick and club figured out how not to repeatedly walk into the same crap situations that get people hurt and killed.

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2. Preacher

This 1995 Graphic Novel has been brought to life when show creators took a huge risk in altering a story line of a beloved comic and created new material completely distinct from its canonical roots. It may have been considered a risky move but it's worked completely in their favor. Maybe it wouldn't hurt TWD to show us a little bit more of life before extinction and why Rick is Rick and why Carol is Carol?

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3. The Leftovers

Based off of a book by Tom Perrotta, the show followed the book very closely in season 1 leaving much to be desired for fans. Season 2 ditched the book and went in its own crazy good direction and it went over insanely well. In comparison, while The Walking Dead has its own twists and turns the show has been repeatedly criticized for killing off beloved characters that were integral to the story line in the name of following the comic series. Maybe it's too late but TWD could take a page from The Leftover's book and stop following it...

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4. The Americans

Basically, The Walking Dead really overdoes it with cliff hangers and that leaves fans frustrated. The Americans maintained a solid story line and hasn't strayed very far from it and it's been very successful with this concept. Maybe a few less cliff hangers and surprise twists would do TWD well.

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5. Breaking Bad

Now that most people have seen BB in its entirety and rave over it's all around amazingness, it's hard to remember that the show really had a slower start for the sake of building up the Walter White character and world. Then it hit and it hit hard and every season it hit hard and every season it perfectly raised the stakes. TWD has this tendency to rush from one stressful plot twist to the next. They may do well to take a lesson from Breaking Bad and let everyone stew a little longer before rushing off to the next soul crushing plot turn.

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6. American Horror Story

AHS keeps fans coming back because the same people we all love are constantly doing something different. Part of that comes with their overall premise of being able to start over each season with a new story line but let's face it, The Walking Dead characters are in the perfect setting for growth and change. Some dynamics would be really good for TWD.

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7. Ash vs The Evil Dead

The Walking Dead may be a serious show and Ash vs The Evil Dead a comedy but considering characters like Abraham and Eugene were/are beloved for their one and comedic relief, I think it's safe to say that some more humor may lesson some tension and bring back some of those viewers who felt things got a little too serious and never let up. We understand it's hard to find humor in a post-apocalyptic world but laughter is a human component the show could benefit from.

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8. Westworld

Westworld is a show all about layers. Everything comes back to something else and it keeps viewers constantly guessing outside "the twist" angle TWD seems to constantly go towards. Not that we don't enjoy the twists but some complicated layers that bring previous seasons and older characters into perspective and light could draw out intrigue and unique situations the show could definitely benefit from.

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9. Atlanta

Atlanta teaches us all something: it's ok to get weird. Some change would do TWD so well.

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10. Mr Robot

A non traditional lesson TWD could garnish from the tech savvy Mr Robot would definitely run along the lines of real life hacks. In a realistic post-apocalyptic world let's face it people are not constantly going to be hunting down trucks of canned goods. We've begun to see some versions of small farming but realistically a lot of the human survivors in The Walking Dead have just constantly lucked out with the every day luxuries of their previous lives and it's, quite frankly, boring. Furthermore, let's see survivors need to learn how to lurk, recon, and infiltrate, ok?

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11. Archer

Archer has been littered with the types of twists and turns and boomerang character development that The Walking Dead so desperately needs. If these spy agents can turn into coke heads and country singers and come back to being spy agents then characters in TWD can exit off the highway and leave the comics behind for a bit before swinging back to who they are for a more thrilling saga.

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12. Game of Thrones

Robert Kirkman may liken The Walking Dead to the idea that "anyone can die at anytime" but let's face it, that's simply not true. No one, and we really mean no one, does murder and mayhem quite like GoT. TWD teased for multiple seasons before finally killing off 2 fan favorites but have no problem killing off filler characters that don't rustle any jimmies and are more or less aesthetically pleasing and that's about it (Think: Denise.) Some intense and memorable deaths will really vamp up the show and open so many doors. Make it happen!

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13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy did one major thing right for a solid 4 seasons: the characters came together time and time again to achieve goals, which in their case was fighting evil. The Walking Dead characters are constantly at each others throats and doubting everything. There is no trust, no community, and no coming together to achieve a common goal of survival. Get a grip, guys!

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14. BoJack Horseman

Ok, you probably did not expect this one on the list but I promise it makes sense. The story line of this show continues to grow and deliver and each season is astronomically better than the last and the key factor to this success comes down to being able to relate to a character you would never think you'd be able to relate to, like a man-horse washed up wealthy alcoholic celebrity... If we can relate to and connect with BoJack Horseman we should be able to do the same with characters in TWD like Michonne or Maggie. TWD needs to realize how much fans want to connect with their favorite characters and work on that.

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15. Parks and Recreation

P&R had a slow start. Season one left a lot to be desired but they came back hitting hard in season two and have since become a cult classic, a phenomenon no longer linked to being a rip off of the beloved Office. A combination of really good writing and a really good cast are the keys to P&R's success. There's no question The Walking Dead has talent and moments of brilliant writing but they regularly leave too much to be desired. It could use some balance.

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16. Sex and the City

I don't blame your confusion with this one but the big thing shows like S&C did right was knowing when to end it. In general, most stories are best told in 5 or 6 seasons and TWD is heading deep into season 7. With ratings dropping they may want to consider their end game or they may leave way too much to be desired for die hard fans and land themselves with a crap reputation for leaving things unfinished when the rug gets pulled from beneath them.

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At the end of the day, we're still super excited to see what The Walking Dead has to offer us and we're not done with it. Give us more!

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