I’ve seen a number of fans in various places mention that s7 got good in the second half. For a show that was losing half its cast and was rebooting itself, that wasn’t good enough. S7 needed to hit the ground running and instead we got a lame new villain, a bland new location, new characters that were unengaging at best and outright obnoxious at worst, the reintroduction of a hugely divisive storyline from last season, and the killing off of a Disney princess. It’s no surprise longtime viewers left. A&E may have been used to starting seasons slowly in the past, but that’s not good enough if you don’t have the benefit of an audience connection to the characters you had before. They counted on the fans staying even though it was, as they said over and over, a new story. Well, you have to make that new story interesting up front. Waiting until the second half, when you’re seconds away from cancellation, isn’t going to cut it.