How Negan Almost Killed 'The Walking Dead' Before Its 100th Episode

A show reaching its 100th episode can be a gift and a curse. On one hand, hitting this milestone is proof that the writers and actors have created characters that resonate with a mass audience. On the other hand, when you produce that much quantity over the course of several years it’s hard to consistently maintain the quality. The Walking Dead finds itself at this crossroad with its 100th episode, “Mercy,” which also serves as the premiere of the AMC hit’s pivotal eighth season.

'The Walking Dead's' Premiere Shows Lukewarm Signs of Life Again

Let me start off by saying that I actually like The Walking Dead. Ever since Rick Grimes woke up out of his coma and introduced me to a world where it was perfectly fine to play whack-a-mole with walker heads I was hooked. It wasn’t just the blood, guts, and gore that piqued my interest, though, it was the characters and how the situations they found themselves in inspired bouts of self-reflection.
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