Give The Characters Room To Grow
While some of the characters have had a lot to work with over the course of season 5 so far, other haven’t. Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) had a nice run with Bob (Lawrence Gilliard) and Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman); we finally got to spend some time with new additions Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Eugene (Josh McDermitt); and Rick has obviously been a focal point. But, for instance, Michonne (Danai Gurira) grew and developed more in the last half of season 4 than at any other point in the series. She still had a ways to go, but it was nice to see her start to become the character we know she can be, but that hit a wall in the first eight episodes of season 5 as she hardly has anything to do aside from look after the baby and hang out with Carl (Chandler Riggs). The same goes for Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Glenn (Steven Yeun), who have a little bit more, but not much. With the loss of Beth in the midseason finale, you know there is going to be a great deal of room for this kind of thing to play out, and we’re looking forward to seeing that.
There are, of course, tons of other things we would like to see in the upcoming episodes of The Walking Dead. They need to figure out what to do with Eugene—many expect him to die, but he’s still in integral part of the story up to the most recent issues of the comic—show how Daryl (Norman Reedus), Carol (Melissa McBride), and the rest deal with grief and move forward; and much more.
What do you think the next run of The Walking Dead absolutely needs to do in order to be successful over the next half-season?
The Walking Dead returns this Sunday, February 8.