According to SuperheroHype, last night's Walking Dead season finale drew 15.7 million viewers, 10.2 million of which were in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic, a series high. This capped off a season that averaged 13.3 million viewers per episode, also a new record for the show. The increase presented showrunners with an opportunity to piss off more viewers than ever before by refusing to wrap up plotlines and ending on an insufferable cliffhanger that fans will need to wait until next fall to even begin to see any resolution too.
"What the fuck?!" said the roughly sixteen million viewers who stared in disbelief at their television screens as Rick and company ended the season trapped in a dark railroad car in the creepy city of Terminus, which may or may not be populated by cannibals - we don't know, since the finale didn't bother to explain it.
"That's it?!" the millions of frustrated and disappointed viewers asked in unison as they all simultaneously realized that there would be no further information on what happened to Beth, where Carol, Tyrese, and the baby are, or how Rick, Carl, Michonne, Glen, Maggie, and a bunch of other characters will escape their imprisonment.
Though viewers acknowledged that it was nice to see most of the group reunited, it might have been better if the show hadn't spent the first half of the season revisiting the Governor storyline that should have ended with the Season 3 finale and instead focused on developing the new storylines so that the plot could reach some kind of natural endpoint by the end of the season, rather than hastily locking the survivors in a train car and ending on a cliffhanger. Even worse, the viewers were positive that the train car storyline would probably not even wrap up until the Season 5 mid-season finale, leading to another batch of unresolved plotlines for the end of that season.
"Thank god they made time for all those flashbacks to the prison though," the 16 million viewers sarcastically added. "We really wanted to know how Rick became a farmer back in the beginning of the season in a plotline that has been rendered irrelevant now that the prison is gone.
"That was the most lackluster and unfulfilling season finale I've ever seen," concluded the viewers, adding that the Talking Dead episode that aired after the show, drawing 7.3 million viewers, was also confusing for Rick actor Andrew Lincoln's soft-spoken British accent and the lack of an unfunny comedian or pro-wrestler to round off the guest list. The viewers all expressed plans to bitch endlessly about the finale online, though they all acknowledged that they'd be tuning back in for the Season 5 premiere later this year, having learned absolutely nothing from the entire ordeal.