Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “
The Walking Dead” Season 6, Episode 14, titled “Twice as Far.”
Another one bites the dust. It’s been a while since the show has fallen back on the familiar format of spending an episode getting to know an underdeveloped character only to kill them off in the final third (RIP Noah and Bob, we hardly knew ye), but Denise’s demise seemed fairly well telegraphed from the moment the mousy doctor asked Daryl to accompany her on a supply run specifically so he could prevent her from dying. (There’s nothing the writers of “The Walking Dead” love more than situational irony!)
The tragedy of the senseless act was only exacerbated by the fact that moments before, Denise admitted to Daryl and Rosita that she had chickened out of telling Tara she loved her before her partner went off on a potentially deadly supply run, and therefore felt motivated to go out and make herself useful by recovering medicine in order to prove that she could handle her s–t. Clearly, that backfired pretty spectacularly.
The “problem” (if one can call it that) with “The Walking Dead” having one of the most diverse casts on TV, is that inevitably, it provides more opportunities for minorities to become casualties. After Season 5 killed three black male regulars in fairly quick succession (colorblind casting or not, that was a disturbing optic that could’ve easily been avoided) along with a female series regular in Beth, the grim reaper has swung its attention to a succession of women, since the show has recently dispatched Deanna, Jessie and now Denise, who also happened to be a lesbian. The show may not have punished her for her sexuality, but in killing her, the series still took away a rare TV character who identified as lesbian and was involved in a seemingly functional relationship with another woman.
With the proliferation of straight white dudes currently on the show (most notably Eugene and Abraham, who have felt increasingly expendable all season), it still chafes when the show opts to kill off underrepresented demographics. Lesbians and bisexual women are having a particularly rough time on TV of late, since The CW’s own post-apocalyptic drama, “The 100,” recently incensed its fanbase by killing off one half of a lesbian couple following a shortlived moment of happiness and sexual fulfillment between the pair. (Ironically, the character in question, Lexa, was played by “Fear the Walking Dead’s” Alycia Debnam-Carey, who had to leave “The 100” because of her obligations to “The Walking Dead’s” sister show.)
As my colleague Mo Ryan pointed out after “The 100” episode aired, “Lexa’s death following right on the heels of her sleeping with Clarke … does stray dangerously close to the pop-culture trope of lesbians on TV frequently dying, especially if they’ve had some kind of personal epiphany or moment of happiness. For some viewers, Lexa’s death at that moment did indeed cross the line and became another instance of that trope playing itself out, and for many, it hurt all the more because the show had held itself out as a beacon of positive LGBTQ representation.”
Denise, too, was literally in the midst of a personal epiphany when she was shot through the eye with Daryl’s crossbow bolt, and to add insult to injury, Dwight then admitted he wasn’t even aiming for Denise, but instead at Daryl in revenge for their previous encounter, making her death seem even more incidental and yet another example of a woman dying to serve as an emotional catalyst for a male character, rather than in service of her own story.
While no character should be untouchable because of race, gender, sexuality or any other characteristic, pop culture doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and positive representations of minorities that manage to buck stereotypes and harmful tropes are still depressingly few and far between. (Don’t believe that this is an issue? Here’s a list of 145 dead lesbian and bisexual female characters on TV, including the often excessively cruel ways they’ve been killed.)
Do I think “The 100” or “The Walking Dead” are homophobic or sexist? No. Perhaps the writers felt like Denise had outlived her usefulness to the plot (or perhaps she was
useful, given that Alexandria will certainly need a doctor once Negan comes calling), but I would argue that there’s far more narrative value in exploring a realistic lesbian relationship in a zombie apocalypse than tossing another dead homosexual character onto TV’s growing pile, especially given that the show has completely sidelined Aaron and his boyfriend Eric this season. (New character Jesus is also gay, but this show isn’t a nightclub that needs a “one in, one out” rule. There’s no maximum capacity for diverse characters, even if “TWD” sometimes seems to believe otherwise.)
This is as much a criticism of “The Walking Dead’s” gargantuan cast — which makes it impossible to service all of its main characters on a weekly basis, let alone its supporting roster (which is why we probably got more character development for Rosita this week than we’ve had in all the episodes since she joined the cast) — as it is of the storytelling tropes that mainstream media often falls back on without stopping to consider the consequences.
As the invaluable TV Tropes wiki puts it in a category called “Bury Your Gays“: “Regardless of the overall death toll of a show, the death of a gay character nevertheless has different cultural context & emotional weight, as there are unlikely to be many other gay characters in the piece of media. Killing one, two, or even a handful of straight characters to show Anyone Can Die does not remove the entirety of the representation of straight people in a piece of media, but often there is genuinely only one gay couple or character in a piece of media, or very few of any real prominence in the narrative such as a main or supporting character & not just a bit part. So when they die, gay audience members are generally left with no one else to relate to, or only the grieving partner of the dead gay. Additionally, when one can count on one hand the number of gay main characters in ALL of the media they consume, the loss of any one of those is generally more keenly felt.”
“The Walking Dead” is not immune to these criticisms just because it makes efforts to be inclusive in its casting — while it’s laudable to hire diverse actors for characters who appeared in the comics as Caucasian, or add homosexual characters who were previously heterosexual (in the comics, Denise had once dated Heath), when one dies, that choice arguably lends additional weight to their deaths, given that representation is being added only to be snatched away later.
Otherwise, the episode was generally another excuse for scene-setting, with most of the action confined to the final 15 minutes, with the denouement feeling decidedly rushed. Eugene and Abraham got a chance to bury the hatchet after Eugene’s earlier betrayal and Abraham’s explosive reaction to it, while simultaneously uncovering a means for the Alexandrians to manufacture ammunition, which will no doubt be needed in the upcoming confrontation with Negan. Eugene got to prove his usefulness (which sadly doesn’t make him any more interesting as a character, no matter how many crotches he bites) and Abraham finally made progress with Sasha, which would’ve been far more satisfying if A: he hadn’t emotionally destroyed Rosita in order to accomplish it, and B: there was an iota of chemistry between Sasha and Abraham as characters, because I still don’t buy their attraction for a second. While the parallels between Eugene’s journey and Denise’s were obvious on paper, the writing and editing of the episode made the two storylines feel disjointed – like writer Matt Negrete didn’t trust Denise’s story to hold our interest, or wanted to shoehorn in an opportunity for Eugene to stop being so worthless before the finale but wasn’t sure where to put it.
In a recurring theme this season, Daryl’s good deed in choosing to spare Dwight and his companions back in “Always Accountable” came back to bite him
this week (as if losing his bike and crossbow wasn’t insulting enough), with a newly scarred Dwight clearly back in Negan’s thrall and gunning for Alexandria. The problem with following two such morally ambiguous and well-executed episodes was that “Twice as Far” couldn’t help but feel broad and shallow in comparison, especially in its portrayal of the Saviors. Paula and her group may have been loathsome, but their actions were justifiable and their characterization was nuanced; not so with Dwight and his gang this week, who might as well have had mustaches to twirl as they menaced our group.
The most compelling aspect of “Twice as Far” was sadly in what we didn’t see — Carol’s decision to leave Alexandria after realizing that she’s unwilling to take another human life. While that decision was obviously precipitated by the events of last week’s powerful episode, “The Same Boat,” I wish we’d been able to explore it further, given that Carol — who is generally one of the most practical members of the group — made an undeniably impractical decision in choosing to leave alone. Yes, she’s proven herself to be more than capable of protecting herself on her own, but given the number of rival groups they’re currently aware of — from the Saviors to the Wolves to Hilltop and who knows how many other rivals — the decision to leave seems suicidal. Why is she unable to stay and simply refuse to kill if they’re attacked, like Morgan, given how useful her skills are? (And, for that matter, why bother manufacturing a romance with Tobin out of nowhere if the show planned to immediately discard it?)
Instead of choosing to remove herself from the temptation of killing, I’m interpreting her decision to leave as part of another, grander scheme: given Daryl, Rosita, Eugene and Abraham’s run-in with Dwight and yet another band of Saviors on the road, it seems safe for our group to assume that Negan is still alive, or that enough of his followers remain to pose a threat, and I wonder if Carol might be aiming to infiltrate the group and kill Negan from the inside. Perhaps her obsessive focus on her rosary isn’t a gesture of faith so much as a reminder of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, dying on the cross to absolve others of sin. By taking matters into her own hands, it might prevent others who struggle with killing, like Daryl, Maggie and Glenn, from having to bloody theirs. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Carol pop up among Negan’s Saviors in the season finale — which could put her in Negan’s crosshairs, if he doesn’t turn on Maggie or Daryl to punish her. We only have two episodes to wait to find out for sure.
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So they can’t kill any minorities off the show form the record more white people have died on the show than minorities. The character you were talking about was not an important one you tel because she hasn’t had much of a story line. Stop being whining about everything. The black cast members that died only one of them was a major character and they did it to push another black character to change and have something to deal with instead of being stagnate.
Oh my god, get off your high horse. The show kills and vilifies people of all walks of life. Why don’t you write an article about how each and every ‘big bad’ the show has had has been a straight, white male? Shane, The Governor, The Claimed Gang, The Terminus Cannibals, Porch-Dick, Negan… Did you just decide not to talk about all of the non-minorities to die? Great job mentioning Deanna, but failing to mention her husband and two sons who died.
I bet you already have an article ready for the first time a minority is the villain and how stereotypical it is to put a minority in the role of a bad guy. ‘Blah blah, KKK, blah, racist, blah blah, homophobic, blah blah, hate crime’. Let’s hope for humanity’s sake that never happens.
Thanks for writing this article! Although it is true anyone can die on this show, the context surround this death is definitely troubling, especially since this is the 8th Queer woman who had died on TV in 2016, just 80 days alone, and the 4th in the last four weeks.
Yes, this is a show where anyone can die, but the fact that she died during a personal epiphany and by an arrow meant for someone else makes this especially troubling. Adding to the fact that this appears to have been entirely for shock value and to motivate Daryl, this is definitely concerning in the larger context of LGBT representation on TV.
Glad this is an ongoing conversation in the media, as it is something that needs to be addressed. No, I do not think The Walking Dead did this because she is a lesbian, but it’s a pattern that exists in Queer Female relationships on TV and is no longer surprising to the Lesbian community. It’s been a rough few weeks and its time we addressed the larger social implications that TV shows and characters can have, especially on vulnerable minorities that are desperate for any form of representation.
So will we get #DeniseDeservedBetter? Come Lexa fans, drag this poorly written show.
Well that’s unfortunate. I was just gearing up to catch back up w/the show and part of that excitement was that I’d heard about Denise’s character.
Enjoyed the analysis of tv tropes/minority rep that went into this recap. Great read.
I love how the comment section is full of straight TWD fanboys who are unable to see beyond the fact that they like the show and it must not be criticised (or if it is, it must be on their terms and only for shit they can identify with/understand).
You don’t think it was part of a trope? Well, i am sorry, but your opinion is really irrelevant in this discussion. The article brought actual evidence, and yet you come here and disregard it, because you personally didn’t feel like it was offensive.
What you fail to see that this doesn’t mean the show is not amazing. If we compare it with the 100, and Lexa’s death, the difference is obvious, because with Lexa gone, that show is a piece of shit at the moment, and probably done for, while TWD is an actually good show, still with a lot of potential. But that doesn’t mean it’s not problematic. It doesn’t mean that it should not aim to do better. And it sure as hell doesn’t mean it’s your job to decide whether it was peoblematic or not if the issue doesn’t actually conrern you
Nope, no loss there. Now Carol, that’s a whole different story. Hmmmmmm……….
How stupid to to even imply that there is a race/sex issue involved in the series. It’s this kind of mind numbingly political correctness crap that feeds the ignorance which is destroying this country. That a potentially good article is brought down to this level shows the childish mentality, and destroys the credibility of the author and your magazine.
Explain to me how pointing out a harmful event to minorities is political correctness? I honestly don’t get it. From what I saw there are lot of people hurting from seeing themselves die over and over again.
“Denise” didn’t even get an appearance on The Talking Dead. That’s how much her character mattered.
In your face, snowflakes! BURN! OOooh Yah!
Why bring politics into it? If you’re noticing the race, sex, and sexual orientation of WD victims, that’s a you problem. It’s 2016 – get over yourself, Social Justice Warriors.
I understand that in the context of the show, these things may not matter. However in the grand scheme of television, there have already been 8 wlw deaths in 2016. We are 80 days into 2016, meaning that there has been a lesbian/bisexual/other wlw character every TEN days. I don’t think it’s crazy to react strongly to this considering the lack of representation they have in general. People like me and you, we can turn on the television or watch a movie and see a million other straight characters we can relate to (and everything else, really). Admittedly I find it less jarring coming from TWD. However, the 100… That one was downright TERRIBLE.
What the hell did I just read? At no point in that episode was I thinking oh my god they killed off one of the 5 gay characters!! My first thought was oh man Tara is gonna flip when she gets back from her run because that’s her girlfriend and that’s it! This is starting to sound like the damn oscars all the sudden and I can’t believe that this article was even written like this! Grow the hell up and stop asking for equality of you can’t even let a character get killed on a show without going up in arms about their color/sexuality! You want them to kill a straigh character instead because it’s wrong to kill a gay character??? Your a walking contradiction and it’s hysterical! The problem isn’t the writers of these shows it’s the people who come up with this bs and trash comments
The actress that played Denise was an extremely good actress and has had a lot bigger parts on other shows such as “Nurse Jackie”. Just like the one actress was killed off of “The 100” so she could play a leading role on “Fear the Walking Dead, maybe the Denise character was killed off because she received a bigger and better offer from another show or movie. Maybe WAY too much is being made of this and it was as simple as that? Or it’s a giant conspiracy against Lesbian characters whichever one seems more likely.
I get what you are saying I really do however if you take into account the media as a whole and where this trope comes from it might give more perspective. After the second world war censorship on the media began to loosen and suddenly lesbians could be shown on TV, however it had to be in proper moral context. Which meant it had to be shown as a negative trait, so lesbian characters were either killed or shown to go insane the moment they acted on their feelings. It was a punishment.
Now if you look at the lists auto straddle released, a list of dead lesbian characters (142) and lesbian characters with a happy ending (29), that should raise some eyebrows. In 2016 alone 8 lesbian characters have died which 50% of the lesbian characters on TV. These statistics are shocking to say the least.
some people said Denise’s death was a shock, i actually guessed she was going to die way back a episode or so ago when she said she would say i love u to tara when she came back. Me and my sister have a running bet on who’s going to die next on the walking dead so this was the one occasion where the dead lesbian trope worked for me.
50% of the lesbian characters??? I can name 8 lesbian characters that are on the three Shondaland shows on ABC Thursdays. So… maybe, like the author, you are being a tad (and by a tad I mean VERY) myopic about the point you’re trying to make.
I don’t watch the Walking Dead, so I have no idea how Denise was portrayed and if her relationship with Tara was a big thing in their promo strategy. But the reason why Lexa’s death on The 100 sparked the ‘internet meltdown of 2016’ was two-fold. On one had, she was THE fan favorite character on that show (think Mr. Spock and Khaleesi rolled into one), so killing her off was like the most moronic move from the writers and was always going to cause mayor fandom-scale fury. But above all, it was the hardcore queerbaiting the show did to court LGBT viewers to promote the show for the entire hiatus with the Lexa-Clarke relationship, and their self-adulation for being SO progressive and bringing this relationship avoiding tropes, going as far as regularly tweeting tongue-in-cheek BTS pics of Lexa’s bed where ‘it would happen’, saying they’d even get their own clexa theme song and so much touting and bs…when all along the sole purpose for bringing the actress/character back was to kill her. And guess what, they did do the do in said bed…at the tune of said theme song…and exactly 1:45 min later (the commercial break) she’d was dying on said bed…at the tune of the same theme song. I mean, why kinda of sick people are they?
Like at the height of people’s fears about her being killed off (the fear that always accompanies queer female characters) Jason was running off this mouth saying he had ‘friends in high places at AMC’ which had allowed him to secure Alycia and ensure she could do both shows…then he backtracks and says he killed her off because she couldn’t do two shows?! The man is a pathological liar and baiter. THAT is why the outrage was so massive. It was a multitude of factors.
And yes, ANOTHER dead lesbian on TV (8 dead in total in 2016 alone, which that brings us close to 50% of all lesbian characters on network/cable…by March!)…sighs..
I have no comment on the lesbian issue but what I do want to say is if you are going to review a show, please know what tf you are talking about. The Wolves are dead and Hilltop is not a rival, they are an ally! Carol is in danger (we will see that played out in the finale) but it has nothing g to do with the mythical rival groups you mentioned.
“another example of a woman dying to serve as an emotional catalyst for a male character, rather than in service of her own story”
Give it a rest! This was her story! She realized she was too fearful to enjoy life. She couldn’t even tell her girlfriend I love you. Stepping out of the safety of the compound was her facing her fears. Getting that stupid ice chest and nearly dying for it was her pushing her own development along.
Denise died feeling braver and more alive, and was trying to tell Rosita and Daryl to face their own fears. That she died at that moment is horrible. It’s a trope: character has moment of massive self realization and then dies. Male,female, gay — has nothing to do with it.
It is insulting that she wasn’t the intended victim. That’s salt in the wound for us as well as Daryl. It’s another trope: adding guilt onto a hero’s already overloaded plate.
Try watching and enjoying instead of dividing the characters into little boxes.
Thanks for providing examples of your tropes and then ignoring the actual trope this article refers to. Bury your gays is old and has a long history in Hollywood. Basically, gay = bad. No happy ending for you. It normally happens right before a moment of confirmation. Like consummating your relationship or wanting to express your love. Bad gay! We aren’t having it!
This was a dumb death anyway. Why risk your only medically trained member? We know her value because she saved Carl from a shot to the eye. Too bad she couldn’t survive the shot to her own eye.
This article does a very good job of ignoring the fact that Denise was the very first out-as-gay character to be killed on the entire show’s history. It also does a great job of ignoring that there are still at least 4 more alive. And of course, it ignores the countless white, straight people who are killed all the bloody time. Remember a few episodes ago, when they offed an entire white family in less than two minutes?
By the way, were I homosexual myself, I imagine I would be rather insulted by the insinuation that killing a homosexual character (or even ALL of them) would leave me “no one to relate to.” Last I checked, most people like to be defined by a bit more than who they want to lay.
The thing is there are only a hand full of lesbian (or LGBT for that matter) characters. The impact of killing of a white straight character can not be compared to it. There are two cookie jars, one filled with cookies the other has one cookie. Does taking one cookie from both jars have the same impact? It does not.
Also this show is not made in a bubble, context matters and a president set by other shows has to be taken into account. When there are lists comparing the amount of dead lesbians (142) to the one that got happy endings (29) you can see the harmful context. The thing is in history movies and shows killed of lesbian characters to show them in their proper moral context (lesbian = bad and deserve punishment). This is harmful and had a harmful past to the community and that is what being pointed out.
John do you really watch this show? What was Tara’s first girlfriend who died? Straight? What about Aaron’s husband? He must’ve been straight too. You know Aaron, right? I know he hardly gets screen time but he’s the gay man. So no she is not the very first gay character to die on this show.
This wasn’t about some random character dying. It was about the little representation the LGBT community gets and they get killed off for shock value. If you read the article you would have seen it.
Whoops. You are right about Tara’s girlfriend; she slipped my memory. Eric is not dead though; he just hasn’t been on the show in a while.
Abraham was supposed to die but let’s kill off the lezzie instead. Stupid lezzie. She thought she was going to tell Tara “I luv U”. Did she really think she’d have a happy ending? That wouldn’t fit the lesbian death trope.
Oh she was the only doctor, too? No one better get shot in the eye. Good thing she saved Carl before she got shot in her own eye. Bye lezzie.
You have GOT to be kidding me. This “review” has to be one of the most ridiculous, most trite POS ever written about TWD. This endless tirade about minorities being killed off in a zombie apocalypse TV show is just plain stupid. I am gay and did not take any offense to Denise’s death. How in the hell does an entire hour of great television get torn apart by ridiculous whining about what subgroup of society gets killed off? The death of a straight white male is coming soon enough. Hopefully then you will be satisfied. And silent.
Good for you. Except this was another nonsensical death added for shock value. She goes from being afraid to go out of Alexandria to I need to prove my bravery. Why? She’s the only doctor they have? Why risk it?
Ironically, she saves Carl who gets shot in the eye and survives.
Not going to get into politics, because frankly I couldn’t care less about that angle, but do find the article’s tone a bit odd. Especially considering that actress Merrit Wever (Denise) stated in an interview that she knew from the start of filming that she was only going to last the length of season 6. Add in the fact that the character is also killed in the comics (bitten, then executed by Michonne) and it should have been expected. not really sure why the outrage over a tv show from either side…never mind…forgot that we can’t just enjoy things anymore.
Yep. Inb4 ignorant and rage-filled reactionary Walking Dead fanboys.. representation matters, TV doesn’t exist in a vacuum, social context and responsibility, etc etc. And honestly, no representation would be better than being ‘given’ one single token example of representation for the sake of the show looking progressive and being praised on that fact, only for it then to be ripped away. Not unexpected, of course, because minorities are expendable where main white protagonists seem to survive anything, and have their deaths actually mean something. Not unexpected, just lazy, tired, contrived and depressing.
Saying main WHITE protagonists are safe is a fallacy, MAIN protagonists tend to be safe period, if a show is anchored by black characters, the black protagonists are equally safe, I don’t see Lucius dying any time soon on Empire. Michonne is a main protagonist too, and I’d put money she’s safe as houses for the foreseeable future. Yes, main characters tend to be less expendable than secondary and tertiary characters in anything not titled Game of Thrones, what else is new? The biggest knock that can be put on the Walking Dead on that matter is their constant inclusion of various minority characters on a show that revolves around death, they could have easily given all of these jobs to straight white men to avoid any controversy in death, but instead they’re spreading it out. Even MAJOR characters like Shane, Dale, and Hershel aren’t safe in this landscape, if the same exact characters were instead straight white men, they’d still be dying, because death wasn’t decided based on race, gender, or orientation, but rather placement in the story.
Are you out of your damn mind? Denise was not the “single token” LGBT character. TWD currently has at the very least 3 gay men and 1 lesbian. Two of those are pretty major supporting characters (Tara and Jesus), and another is a fairly frequently recurring character (Aaron). How much LGBT representation do you really need? No one would complain if another showed up, but no one should be complaining right now either. It’s silly.
Lesbian Death Trope = lesbians, not gay men. There have been 3 out lesbians on the show, and two have died. That’s already under representing real life, without any deaths. But 2/3 are dead. 66% of queer women on TWD are DEAD. That’s part of a consistent, continued pattern across all forms of media where lesbians die disproportionally. Its a trope literally historically rooted in homophobia. This isn’t “complaining” but “critique”, have some empathy and try not to be so dismissive about things you actually don’t know all that much about.
Thank you, mainstream fandom, for never failing to INVALIDATE every minority point of view that does not align with your own.
Laura – thanks for the article. Everyone rushes to say “sexuality is incidental on this show” or “tons of people die on this show.” If that’s the case, then how do the writers on all these different shows independently come up with the same decision – to kill off the gay character?
I have no doubt that it’s unintentional. But it’s a disturbing pattern that points to a singular truth – the gay characters are disposable. They’re never meant to survive until the end.
Denise was not “the gay character”…there are still at least 4 more on the show, and as far as I know she’s the first one to be killed
After trying to read a real review of a show I just enjoyed watching, I got clickbated intonthis rhetoric article by this bs I need to be offended phase. I vow on my children I will never read any article from “variety” ever again. Because this is not a review, its a lame sad attempt at pushing your crappy politics. If you wanna write an article about the portrayal/handling of glt and television that’s one thing, but to rip off the walking dead name and pose your strongly sided opinion in a review is a shame and a poor piece of work. Shame on the author and this site.
Screw you whiny SJW types. It’s a f***** tv show.
So moronic. No agenda here! You weirdos love to search for a reason to feel shorted. Always HOPING to get dealt a bad hand. Why cant entertainment just be used for exactly that, entertainment! Pop culture is not the rule world. It doesn’t matter if a whole show bashed gays or praised gays. It isn’t real life, why is its content held to the regards of status quo and used as a measuring stick of what is acceptable? That’s what real life is for. All you new age wanna be victims are really only victims of thinking that MTV, facebook, twitter, etc etc are real life. It isn’t. Stupidity like this that is making all those wingbats support Trump. Your points just don’t make any logical sense.
I’m getting a bit tired of hearing “Oh no, they killed off someone from my favorite minority.” This show has proven time and time again that no one is safe, and that there are no characters who are safe.
There’s a lot of shows you could make a solid argument for the DLT, but the Walking Dead isn’t one of them, if you’re not Rick, Carl, or Michonne, good chance you’re going to die at some point, if you’re an ancillary character like Denise, it’s practically certain. If you’re going into a show that revolves around death, any outrage over death is pretty silly, I guess they should just cast straight white people, to make sure to avoid any outrage, oh, but then they’d be slammed for not being diverse enough. Darned if ya do, darned if ya don’t.
I absolutely agree with you, this article is kind of ridiculous. This is the Walking Dead and it has been very clear from the beginning, even with all of the show’s delightful diversity, just how unsafe ANY character who is not a main character (and even main characters at some point) can be. Be it the dreadful zombie bite – slow painful viral death, or the devastating slaughter by ravaging teeth of the dead walker, or the frightful and very plentiful apocalypse breeding human threats, someone is sure to die. I definitely am hooked on the suspense between these sad and unforeseen deaths, but I don’t have the energy to care who’s gay or black or white or straight or female or male in the pile of dead characters. Can I just cry because I’ll miss them? Dang. And I’m black, female, oh and straight.
Jesus Christ. This article needs a disclaimer that it is simply angry LGBT venting rather than anything to do with the show. There’s three minutes I won’t get back.
Fucking right just wanna read about a show I just enjoyed, which I didn’t try to force my politics and rhetoric into. So you know, I just enjoyed watching it(strange concept). This stupid I need to find offense to things that are effing tv shows is just such a fake pathetic cause. Shame on this slime author for exploiting the fact a fan of something wants to read reviews that relate to the story the enjoy following, but get click baited by this shameless author who takes advantage of the name Walking Dead to get a read. Cant say I blame ya if you titled it “me searching very very deep to find offense about ridiculous things” no one would read it, so touché to you there. ***things author wont say ******—–)Did anyone notice how many white men where dead in that episode!!! They slaughtered those saviors in last weeks episode, but those were straight white guys so no one cares!! Eugene got shot! But he’s white its cool!
I don’t get this anger over lesbian deaths.
To me it does not matter what sexuality somebody has.
Another Dead Lesbian brought to you by lazy ass writers.