Sustainability is a tricky thing when it comes to television. It's rare for a show to maintain interest for longer than five seasons. For that reason, a lot of shows have abandoned the idea of sustainability entirely. "Breaking Bad" and "The Wire" ended after just five seasons, "The Sopranos" ran for six, and "Game of Thrones" will wrap up after its eighth season and just 73 episodes. Unfortunately for fans of "The Walking Dead," that's an idea the show's writers haven't entertained.

"The Walking Dead" has reached one of the best parts of its comic source material, and it's infuriating to watch the show bobble it week after week.

Negan is one of the most entertaining and feared characters in the history of graphic novels, and while he's been portrayed admirably by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the writers haven't offered the character the same justice.

Season seven was supposed to bring about an entirely different show. Negan's arrival was supposed to change everything about "The Walking Dead." Instead, viewers have been left with a stale and boring season that has put the show's future in jeopardy.

Too many episodes

There's absolutely no reason for "The Walking Dead" to have a 16 episode season. The truth is, the story would be strained if it were told over 13 episodes. The show has struggled with filler episodes since the very beginning, and its done nothing to solve the problem in seven years.

It doesn't help that the writers have struggled with exposition in the past, either. Given that so much of this season is about introducing the audience to communities like The Sanctuary and The Kingdom, it makes sense to see the show struggle. It also hasn't helped that so much of that exposition has come without any action attached, often leading to scenes where virtually nothing happens.

Sidelining the wrong characters

Daryl and Carol are two of the most interesting characters on "The Walking Dead," and it's incredibly frustrating to watch them get sidelined for boring characters like Tara and Spencer. Daryl is supposed to be the show's wild card. The fact that he doesn't exist in the comics means the writers can do whatever they want with him.

Needless to say, locking him in a cell has made for bad television.

The fact that Carol has only been glimpsed in one of seven episodes is also ridiculous. Her character is one of the few good things about "The Walking Dead." While there's nothing wrong with trying to build up new characters, the show has been most successful doing that by mixing old players with the new ones. Keeping Carol locked away in The Kingdom when she could've been the one to discover an all female community was a brutal mishandle. Once again, its made for bad television.

With season seven already filmed, it's likely that most of these problems won't be fixed until next year. If any of the viewers actually stick around that long, hopefully they'll be treated to a season with a little more pace, and a lot more action.

Only time will tell if anyone will still be watching "The Walking Dead" at that point.

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