The Walking Dead: Season 7 Review

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Ghouls of Engagement.

Warning: Spoilers for The Walking Dead: Season 7 follow…

The Walking Dead stormed into Season 7 with one of the most anticipated premieres of its run, thanks in large part to some summertme-long speculation about which character would fall to Negan’s barbed wire bat (surprise, it was two characters!). It wrapped up, however, with the lowest rated season finale since Season 2.

So what gives? What slowed this show’s roll so considerably? Well, it certainly didn’t help that Season 7 was Walking Dead’s most self-indulgent and turgidly-paced season to date. Being this many years into a zompocalypse story with no clear endgame, and taking into consideration a giant ensemble of characters that need to be serviced properly, Walking Dead began to crack and crumble under its own sheer weight and self-importance. Gone were most of the silly tricks and needlessly deceptive tactics of Season 6, but in their place was a rather plodding and ponderous season that slow-burned us into a rather flat payoff.

Basically, everything branched out of the tragedy and terror of an overcooked and bloated season premiere that saw both Glenn and Abraham get used as gimmicks for the buzz bin mystery that kept the conversation about the show going between seasons. For an hour and a half, the episode broke Rick down to a point of submission while stretching the misery out so that we, as viewers, could buy that Rick — a man who’d once been driven so mad that he imagined phone calls with his dead wife — was somehow now pushed to a breaking point.

From there, the rest of Season 7, the entirety of Season 7, was about picking up the pieces. So much so that the second half became one long bizarre and banal scavenger hunt for guns and goods so that all the action (and tiger attacks) could be saved for the finale. And because the cast is so big, and episodes would take turns checking in with characters and locations, we got to the point where we were six months out from the premiere and still dealing with Daryl’s guilt regarding Glenn – a point that no longer really resonated all that well simply due to the pacing and construct of the storytelling.

The best parts of Season 7 had to do with world building. The introduction of The Kingdom, King Ezekiel, and the entire shared delusion of that community was great. In fact, because Season 7 was such a morbid year (for an already dire and dour series), it was the moments of levity that really shined. Like with that first Kingdom episode, “The Well,” or “Say Yes,” where Rick and Michonne were off on their own, getting some quality couple time, and slaying walkers in a carnival. Also, for what it’s worth, I count watching Saviors and Trash People get mauled by a tiger as “good times.” So those beats in the season finale certainly made for some amusing carnage.

From a “new community” standpoint, seeing how the Saviors operate, rules and points and all, was a nice diversion. It’s just that, perhaps, we spent too much time there. After our first go around with Dwight and Daryl (“The Cell”), we returned to get a second tour with Carl (“Sing Me a Song”), and then, later on again with Eugene (“Hostiles and Calamities”). Each time, we repeated many of the same beats as before – on a show where many of the moral dilemmas and ethical quagmires already get recycled quite a bit (we’re seven years in now, the ground’s drying up). After a while, it became “more of the same.” Which is a good way to segue over to Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan.

Morgan was great as Negan, creating a commanding, dominating, charismatic presence that oozed both sleaze and reason. The character was overused though and kept onscreen too much. Hell, he was overused just in the season premiere, but especially following that it began to stand out. The last thing you want to do with a villain like Negan is wear him out or make him too predictable. You don’t want him to feel like a novelty, or a catchphrase machine. You want to get the sense that he could talk your ear off, but you don’t actually want him to do it. This is one of the instances where some restraint, with regards to converting comic page to screen, would have worked wonders.

It was also a huge stretch to buy that there weren’t constant attacks on Negan’s life, from both outside and inside his organization. It was hard to believe that Rosita’s attempt to kill him was an outlier event. In the back half of the season, some of Negan’s “wives” conspired to see him dead, and that was a welcome turn, but you still had to wonder why Negan was, occasionally, coming off as too trusting – and a little dense, like when he believed Dwight’s story about Sherry, and subsequently the framing of Dr. Carson. To that extent too, did Negan really buy Eugene’s story about how Sasha died? We leave the season now with Negan — an adversary who was somehow clever enough to cut a surprise deal with the Scavengers — standing on a balcony, talking about war, with two secret traitors in his midst.

The season finale was a good episode, but a rather soft finale. Imagine if that episode had come a few weeks sooner and hadn’t been the one to take us out of the season. We could have left the story with a smidgen of momentum instead of it all just feeling like an okay ending to a sluggish spring run. Sasha’s death was well done, but she wasn’t a big enough character to hang your seasonal hat on. That’s not to discount that she’s been around since Season 3, but most of the time she was defined by who she’d just lost – be it Bob or Tyrese or Abraham. Rosita, on the flip side, sort of blossomed in the wake of the season premiere. With Abraham gone, she could rise up and be more of a force on the series. Sure, she was often a stubborn and frustrating force, but we now leave this season with a much clearer sense of who she is and what she can contribute.

Showrunner Scott Gimple has already come out saying that Season 8 will be a faster-moving, more intense season, which is great to know, and also fitting considering that we’re now on the precipice of war. Plus, with Alexandria, Hilltop, and The Kingdom now aligned in ideals, things might flow a bit smoother from an ensemble standpoint. Having the Scavengers over on the enemy side too helps matters since they’re a rather ridiculous gang who feels even more out of step with the actual world of the show than the purposefully obtuse Kingdom crew. I was happy to see Negan make fun of them a little bit there, in the season finale, because they’ve been slimy and questionably cartoonish from the get go.

The Walking Dead: Season 7

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The Verdict

Season 7 effectively expanded the world of the show, giving Walking Dead a much larger palette to paint on. However, the pacing and structure of the season, as a whole, made for an often lumbering and wallowing watch. For a long stretch, especially in the second half of the season, it felt like things never quite picked up or caught on, and that everything was being saved for the finale – which wound up not being quite meaty enough to justify the months of fasting. Jeffrey Dean Morgan brought a vibrant electricity to a fundamentally flat season, but Negan was overused to the point of becoming a one-trick pony.

See Henry Cavill Wearing Christopher Reeve’s Superman Costume

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Worn while testing for his role in Man of Steel.

A photo of Henry Cavill wearing Christopher Reeve’s iconic Superman costume has been revealed by director Zack Snyder.

Cavill wore the outfit when testing for the role of Superman in Man of Steel, and Snyder shared a photo from that test on Vero (via The Hollywood Reporter). “First test with Henry… I knew right away he was my Superman,” Synder said in a message accompanying the photo.

See Henry Cavill Wearing Christopher Reeve's Superman Costume

Photo courtesy of Zack Snyder on Vero

The actual Superman costume worn by Reeve in the classic 1978 DC film went up for auction in 2015 with a starting price of $50,000.

In addition to starring as Superman in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Cavill will reportedly reprise his role in Zack Snyder’s next DC film, Justice League, which opens in theaters on November 17.

For a sneak peek at the upcoming ensemble film, check out the latest Justice League trailer here and then watch our detailed analysis of the footage below.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

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You can pay $1 and get 5 games, or $11.89 and get 9 games, but the real deal is if you pay $15 to get all of these games listed below.

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Persona 5 has been awarded an IGN Editors’ Choice and rated 9.7/10. PS4 owners get a Steelbook Launch Edition while supplies last.

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Normally sells for $39.99. This is a first-time US release and contains 432 pages of artwork and info about the game.

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Just went down in price again from $135 to $119 (list price is $199). For those who preordered at $135, Amazon will automatically price adjust.

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Specs include a 15.6″ 1080p Full HD display, 7th gen Core i5 quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics.

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Specs include a 12″ 2160×1440 display, 6th gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and detachable keyboard. Not for gaming.

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Asus F556UA Intel Core i5-7200U 15″ 1080p 256GB SSD Laptop $549

Specs include a 15″ 1080p Full HD display, 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. Not for gaming.

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Specs include a 6th gen Intel Core i3 dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Win7 Pro, and a tiny tiny chassis. Not for gaming.

TV Deals

Use Dell Promo Cards on almost anything sold at Dell. Promo card is emailed 10-20 days after your TV ships and expires in 90 days.

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50″ Samsung UN50KU6300F 4K Smart HDTV + $250 Dell Credit for $700

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55″ LG OLED55B6P 4K True HDR OLED Smart HDTV for $1500

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Samsung’s highest end TV model. This TV has all the qualities for true HDR including a 10-bit panel, wide color gamut, and local dimming.

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New April Loot Gaming Crate includes an exclusive Overwatch figure

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This month’s theme is “Investigate” and features items from Batman, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, and The X-Files. Loot Crate sends you a mystery crate packaged with 4-6 items plus a t-shirt every month based on a particular theme. Expires 4/19.

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Gamefly is normally $15 a month, but you right now you can get your first two months for only $10. Watch out for that auto-renew, as the third month will be $15, but you can always set a calendar reminder to cancel in time.

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited Review

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It’s solid alright, but not really for gamers.

Whether you are looking to protect your privacy or or want play games that are restricted where you live, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a useful tool for gamers. Read more about what a VPN is and why it’s important. 

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited is the least expensive VPN of the five we’re testing this week, and it offers the most payment plans. It’s rather bereft of features, however, and it was the slowest of the group in my speed tests. But you may experience better performance based on where you live and the location of the server to which you are connecting.

Pricing

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited offers multiple payment plans, from the standard month-to-month to a lifetime subscription. The slightly discounted rates, available via IGN sister site PCMag, start at one month for $6.29, one year for $36 ($3 a month), and a lifetime plan for $135. Each plan supports up to five devices simultaneously and come with a seven-day money-back guarantee. Keep Solid VPN Unlimited is unique in that it lets you add devices on top of the five that the plans support. You can add one more device for $0.99 a month, five more for $2.99 a month, or 10 more for $5.99 a month. Keep Solid VPN Unlimited lets you pay by credit card, PayPal, Bitcoin or anonymously with a gift card from major retailers.

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited has apps for Windows PCs, Macs and Linux. It also has mobile apps for Android and iOS, extensions for Chrome and Firefox, and can be installed on routers

Features

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited’s desktop app is well designed and easy to use. Part of the reason it’s so easy to use, however, is that it doesn’t let you do more than connect to its service. It doesn’t feature a kill switch that shuts down your Internet connection if the VPN gets disconnected, which most VPNs offer. It also does not let you cycle through IP addresses at regular intervals as you can with IPVanish, and it doesn’t have an optional ad blocker like Private Internet Access.

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited Review

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited supports a number of VPN protocols but it doesn’t let you select your preferred protocol. It uses the OpenVPN protocol for Windows and Linux and either IPSec or PPTP for Macs.

The service offers a unique feature it calls KeepSolid Wise. With this feature enabled, your VPN traffic is masked to appear like regular HTTPS Web traffic. If you live in a country that restricts Web access and blocks VPNs, KeepSolid Wise provides access to the World Wide Web. The feature uses the OpenVPN protocol and is available for Windows and Linux machines along with Android and iOS devices.

Keep Solid does not state its data log policy on its website but responded to an email inquiry within 10 minutes (on a Saturday, no less), stating, “We do not keep the logs of the websites our customers visit, we only store the data related to the amount of traffic downloaded by the user and user’s IP (address).” This traffic data is available only to the account holder; it’s displayed on the Statistics panel of the Account page on the desktop app.

You can connect to Keep Solid VPN Unlimited either by right-clicking on the service’s icon in the Windows 10 system tray or by launching the desktop app. Like other VPNs, it will will choose the best server for your connection or let you select your location. You can select by country or by region but you can’t select a specific server as you can with other VPNs including IPVanish.

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited Review

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited allows BitTorrent but only on select servers. When browsing the list of servers by location in the desktop app, those that allow Torrents are marked as such. It has more than 1,000 servers in more than 70 locations in 54 countries, only five of which are listed as allowing Torrents at the time of this writing. Like the other VPNs we tested, Keep Solid VPN Unlimited blocks Netflix.

Performance

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited was the slowest — and by a fair margin.

Routing your Web traffic through a server adds a detour that can slow down the speed of your network connection, but in some circumstances it can actually improve your ping by connecting you to a fast server close to the gaming server. Your mileage will inevitably vary, depending on your location and the location of the gaming server to which you are connected.

To test the performance of Keep Solid VPN Unlimited, I ran the SpeedOf.Me test to measure download and upload speeds and also played League of Legends to check the VPN’s effect on my ping in a real-world multiplayer game setting. For both tests, when I connected to Keep Solid VPN Unlimited, I let it pick the server. I live in southern New Hampshire; it chose a server in Quebec, Canada.

Of the four VPNs I tested with SpeedOf.Me (the fifth, WTFast, routes game traffic only, making the browser-based test useless), Keep Solid VPN Unlimited was the slowest — and by a fair margin.

Without a VPN connection, SpeedOf.Me reported a download speed of 250.82Mbps and an upload speed of 12.99Mbps. When I connected to Keep Solid VPN Unlimited, the download speed dropped to 27.4Mbps and upload speed fell to 4.9Mbps.

With League of Legends, I had an average ping of 43ms without a VPN. With Keep Solid VPN Unlimited, my ping dropped to 65ms. By comparison, IPVanish and WTFast had pings of 44ms, Private Internet Access’s ping as 46ms, and ExpressVPN’s ping was 47ms.

To test Keep Solid VPN Unlimited’s performance on a more distant connection, I played League of Legends again but this time in its Oceania region where my baseline ping was 246ms. On this test, only WTFast was able to improve my ping very slightly to 241ms. I selected Sydney, Australia for my connection, and Keep Solid VPN Unlimited finished third of the five services tested with a ping of 354ms.

Purchasing Guide

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited is extremely economical. If you’re someone just looking for a cheap, functional VPN, it’s worth considering. But do keep in mind its lower performance in our tests. For someone looking to go all-in and not want to have to think about it again, the lifetime subscription option could be worth a closer look:

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The Verdict

Keep Solid VPN Unlimited is cheap and easy to use, and the KeepSolid Wise feature is useful for people who live in countries that restrict Internet access, but it trails competing services in terms of speed and features. It’s better suited for general users looking for an affordable VPN than gamers looking to lower their ping.