Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead and Invincible comics, is also heavily involved in the series that spawned from these original comic stories. Most seasons of The Walking Dead featured midseason breaks to allow for what Kirkman says, “digest what you’ve just experienced.” While this was commonplace in seasons 2-11 of The Walking Dead, Invincible fans aren’t impressed with this tactic in the second season of the Amazon Prime original Invincible series.
Invincible tells of an average young man, Mark Grayson, voiced by Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, the son of Nolan, also known as Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons), the most powerful superhero on the planet. The first season follows Mark, who, after his seventeenth birthday, begins to discover his superpowers.
The second season has been years in the making and consists of eight episodes. To the dismay of many fans, Kirkman chose to split this season into two parts. The first four episodes aired in November 2023, with the remaining four being held to release in 2024.
The reason for this, as Kirkman explained toCollider, is
"…this is something that we’ve done with every season of The Walking Dead, and I think narratively, it’s kind of cool to have that pause to digest what you’ve just experienced. And when you see Episode 4 of Season 2, you may need a break. It’s a big episode. It’s definitely a mid-season finale kind of episode. And with everything going on in that time of year with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and a lot of family time, I think a lot of shows get lost in the shuffle there, and so I think it’s good to take a pause. And narratively, it’s gonna make things hit a little bit harder. And people will know what I’m talking about when the season launches."
Invincible season 2 mid-season
Truth be told, fans of The Walking Dead weren’t thrilled with the breaks, but by season 2, the series began breaking up the seasons into two parts, and it became commonplace. TWD started this trend with a 13-episode season, and Invincible season 2 only contains eight episodes, so the displeased response is understandable.
Fans voiced their displeasure regarding a mid-season break for Invincible season 2 on Twitter/X.
Other than many negatives about the break, the second season of Invincible is getting great reviews, especially the fourth episode, the midseason finale.