After more than a decade on television, The Walking Dead it is coming to its end. Dozens of characters, subplots, and tragedies are behind us, leaving many fans wondering how the final season will unfold. With a whopping 24 episodes planned and nearly a third of the season available for bingeing via AMC Plus today, this third season under showrunner Angela Kang is shaping up to be an ending to remember.
Season 11 started off with a bang when Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and a smorgasbord of Alexandria residents in search of food lead everyone to an abandoned subway station littered with the undead. A drop of blood awakens the horde, and the group barely escapes alive. Back home, they decide to go on another scouting expedition, at which point Maggie teams up with the man who murdered her husband Glenn in cold blood, none other than the antihero Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). This forces them to work as a team during the first episodes of the season, as their animosity abruptly changes from the murderous to the mutually beneficial.
Maggie and Negan aren’t the only two mainstays returning to action. The conclusion of season 10 saw a closing moment for Carol (Melissa McBride), who lost her adopted son and almost herself in the process. This season, she continues to struggle with complicated emotions, but we see her regain her sense of morality. When his friend Aaron (Ross Marquand) nearly tortures a man to death, she is the one who stops him from taking the last step. Painful moments in which she loses a herd of horses destined to feed the city and then kills one after sharing a moment with him and fighting with her body, gives an insight into the constant moral concessions she has been forced to make, and how they have done it. used on it.
Last season, Connie (Lauren Ridloff) and Virgil (Kevin Carroll) parted ways with the group, which opened up to one of the franchise’s scariest subplots in its long history. Sheltered in a dilapidated house, Connie struggles to communicate to Virgil that it wasn’t sheer luck that brought them there, but that they may have been herded. He urges her to get some sleep, but a herd of nearly naked men running on all fours break away and attack them. Trapped, Connie tries to signal Virgil that one of the men is approaching behind him, but Virgil misinterprets him and nearly stabs her after an ugly fight with one of the wild men.
Meanwhile, Connie’s sister Kelly (Angel Theory) and a small group of friends track Connie through the little notepads she has left on the road, and they show up just in time to save her. Connie and Kelly have a tearful reunion, but the pain of their separation and the trauma they both endured is palpable.
Daryl (Norman Reedus) continues to make strange choices in life, as he and Dog end up joining a group called the Reapers, led by a clearly unhinged man known only as Pope (Ritchie Coster). The fleeting love interest Leah (Lynn Collins) returns, and the two have several significant hearts despite the clearly doomed nature of their relationship. Leah is torn between doing the right thing and adhering to Pope’s cruelty. Daryl tries to help his friends by keeping quiet in concern over her whereabouts, but seems unwilling to leave Leah to her fate.
Meanwhile, new characters Princess (Paola Lázaro), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) have infiltrated the Commonwealth. Questioned extensively upon arrival, they have repeatedly broken the rules and gotten into serious trouble, with Eugene currently being held in a prison cell while the others try to free him. Ezekiel has been given proper medical care, earning him for the Commonwealth, while Princess remains a surprisingly quick study of human behavior and constantly uses her strange personality to interfere with her friends.
This season’s standouts include Magna (Nadia Hilker), who has taken it upon herself to help and protect Kelly and the others in Alexandria. By playing a supportive role, you manage to give up many of the moral gray areas in which others constantly find themselves stuck. When Carol begins to crack from the pressure, she responds by giving her a hug and is only visibly stressed when Kelly runs away. of the group.
Meanwhile, her former lover Yumiko’s skills as a lawyer come into play largely in the Commonwealth, where she meets her long-lost brother and attempts to navigate the obviously corrupt politics at stake. The others in her group are constantly putting themselves in danger and in trouble, and Yumiko tries to protect them as best she can as she investigates the mystery of the township.
Several recently introduced characters have now perished, and the season 11 kill count is already impressively high, even for The Walking Dead. Maggie refused to save young Gage, who stabbed himself to death and became a walker, while Aaron nearly killed a man under torture and Father Gabriel has gone one step further from giving in to temptation with his tendencies. violent and their lack of mercy.
Although Maggie tries to maintain moral authority, circumstances make it impossible as she shares horrifying stories from her time away from the group. Previous seasons may not have been a walk in the park, but there is no question that the heaviness has increased significantly and there is little sign of it abating. This might be for the best, as the slippery slope mortality seasons have left most of these characters traumatized, and acknowledging that it appears to be a high point on the agenda for the series’ conclusion.
This season isn’t breaking down a ton of new ground so far, but it’s good to see it get back to what makes it fun. With most of the main players off the board and new characters coming into the spotlight, the series balances between drama and boundless fights with the undead that fans love. While many of the moral arguments at stake have become somewhat draining over the course of 11 seasons, and it’s hard to see if the season will be able to sustain this level of momentum, there are just supposed to be a lot of surprises in store.