Oh, I’m already fairly detached. It’s my default state, really, and for all its good points, Worm is not actually all that good at making me empathize with the characters (except Taylor, who has a distinct advantage by being the main POV character).
My issue with bleakness is less one of emotional response to the individual deaths and more that it’s a mood I don’t really enjoy very much. In fact, the feeling of additional detachment that induces only makes it worse for me. We’ll see how it goes, though.
Either way, I’m not giving up anytime soon. I’m not saying “Arc 8 is too bleak, fuck this shit I’m out”. I’m saying that if the current mood turns out to be representative of the story as a whole from now on, I’m probably not going to enjoy it as much as I have up to this point, making me more likely to quit further down the line.