Since bursting onto our screens back in 2010, AMC's The Walking Dead has become one of the biggest things on the small screen, proving many doubters wrong and showing that zombie and post-apocalypse stories can work as deep, thought-provoking TV shows. The show started exceptionally well, with some fantastic set-pieces and tense moments.
However, for many people, what started out as a fascinating and character-driven look at a zombie-infested world has gradually declined into a monotonous, repetitive soap opera with some pretty embarrassing dialogue, slow-moving scenes, dull characters, and repetitive plot threads, so it's no surprise that millions of viewers have decided to call it quits.
The show remains one of the most-watched things on TV but ratings have drastically declined, especially during the last season, in which the average number of viewers was about half of the number the show was attracting during its peak years. The final episode of the latest season was seen live by almost 8 million people in the U.S., compared to nearly 16 million for season 5's finale.
Why are so many people giving up on The Walking Dead? Let's take a look.