Season 8 of The Walking Dead has been an interesting one. With All Out War declared against Negan and The Saviors, there has been far more action than the long running series has ever seen. And although the hardcore fandom had been patiently waiting for this exciting chapter from the comics, the season isn't quite as beloved as it used to be. Last season saw a steady decline in viewership following a handful of frustrating capsule episodes, and it looks like things are getting even worse in Season 8. Because the most recent episode "The Big Scary U" just got the worst ratings the series has had since back in Season 2. We've got a few ideas as to why this may be happening to the apocalyptic drama.

Negan and his lieutenants in The Sanctuary

The Season's Pacing Is Off

This explanation is one that probably rings true for the more rabid Walking Dead fanbase. Because while anticipation for the war against The Saviors was at a fever pitch this summer, the first handful of episodes has been a mixed back. All five episodes of the season are set within the same day or so, as the various communities rise up in an elaborate plan to destroy Negan's rule. And while this has provided more than enough shootouts, there's been no room for character development. After all, we haven't seen most of the survivors together, or being able to have any conversations about their issues.

Of course, Season 7 had the opposite problem- with the plot essentially going nowhere, making room for world creating and introducing the slew of communities around Alexandria. Tara's episode at Oceanside hit a major low, but now it appears that last Sunday's episode at The Sanctuary even beat that number. Perhaps the inclusion of Eugene also contributed to last week's drop off. Some felt so strongly about the character's actions that they took to social media and harassed actor Josh McDermitt enough that he left Twitter.

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