ComicBook.com's Kofi Outlaw argues "TWD" is being dragged out. "TWD" is getting pretty repetitive. It's time for the show to end. Check out the site's listicle on why "TWD" is still on TV way past its time.
And let's not forget the show's ratings took a major dip during the midseason premiere. The A.V. Club's Danette Chavez writes:
The February 25 episode scored a 3.6 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic with 8.3 million viewers. Now, that’s an improvement on “How It’s Gotta Be,” but it still places “Honor” at the bottom of the midseason premiere pile.
Obviously, these numbers are still high enough to make The Walking Dead one of TV’s most-watched shows—it really only trails Game Of Thrones at this point. But the latest ratings call into question TWD’s future as must-see TV, especially when the departure of an original cast member isn’t enough to bring back even those viewers who might have drifted after Hershel’s farm or Hershel’s farm redux (a.k.a. the prison).
But let's not be too dramatic about the ratings drop. "TWD" is still a top-rated show on cable. The Independent's Jacob Stolworthy writes:
For a series on its eighth season, the AMC drama racked up admirable views remaining the top-rated cable series and number one show on television that day (25 February).
Despite many highlighting the fact that the midseason premiere - the show's first episode since the shocking Carl cliffhanger in December - was the lowest-rated to date, it should be noted that shows on their eighth run rarely manage to acquire the figures The Walking Dead still manages to pull in.
And some argue the show is still plenty good for a series in its eighth season. Gizmodo's Rob Bricken writes:
The world’s pre-eminent source of zombie entertainment has never exactly been afraid of shooting itself in the foot now and again. It’s like the show has some sort of crippling self-esteem issues, and can’t help sabotaging itself. But this episode in particular felt like The Walking Dead wanted to offer us a delicious cookie, but couldn’t help licking it first.