When it was announced Walking Deadthe eleventh season will also his lastI assumed the show would come together to end the zombie series with an explosion, something that would revive the interest of the millions of viewers who used to watch the show. Instead, I have no idea what it does and I don’t think that Walking Dead does too.
First, there was last weekOut of nowhere, a completely uncharacteristic moment of disgust thanks to Maggie’s (Lauren Cohen) anecdote on the road. The third episode of season 11, The Hunt, is an improvement in that it’s just a wall-to-wall mess with a vein of hypocrisy. This in itself is not bad, but it is perplexing… Let’s ignore two tiny scenes the walking Dead Children’s club, where they play games and are sad that their parents are constantly leaving them. We can briefly mention Carol (Melissa McBride), Magna (Nadia Hilker), Kelly (Angel Theory), and Rosita (Christian Serratos) trying to catch some of the horses that escaped Alexandria during Beta’s attack because it’s an incredibly majestic scene. The horses running through the magnificent sunset are followed by unfortunate Carol, who has cut the throat of one of the horses. You know, just in case, you somehow forgot people on Walking Dead it is not allowed to have good things (at least for a long time).
The only story that matters is the Reaper attack on Maggie’s group, which began in the last seconds of last week’s episode. It looks like the Reapers are fighting according to the Looney Tunes rules, where they can spawn or fall from anywhere, even spatially, Maggie, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Gabrielle (Seth Gilliam) should have noticed that they were approaching a mile away. … Gabrielle and Alden (Callan McAuliffe) are injured, Negan escapes, some of the Red Shirts die, and Maggie fights for her life, which ends when everyone just … disappears. Even the dead people are gone. It’s so strange that I thought it was a dream. But this is not the case! Maggie escapes to a department store / artists’ loft / garage / to another place that seems to have been abandoned long before the start of the zombie apocalypse.
This is where The Hunt works best, as Maggie attempts to sneak through a dark building while the Reaper pursues her, breaking out of the darkness from time to time for short but extremely enjoyable combat scenes. At one point, Maggie pushes the Reaper over the railing down the stairs and she just looks down into the darkness. Then you hear faint footsteps getting louder, faster, and closer, and Maggie lunges forward. This is one of the scariest the walking Dead moments from recent memory. In the end, the Reaper gets the better of her, but luckily, Negan appears out of nowhere to save her. Together, they find a very injured Alden and a couple of Maggie’s Meridian pals who are quick to bite the dust. As Alden limps and darkens, the three take refuge in a small church, where they make the difficult, painful decision that Alden must stay so Maggie and Negan can secure the badly needed food supplies in Maggie Meridian’s old colony for Alexandria. … That’s all well and good, but when we examine the details of the episode, they don’t add up. Generally.
Example # 1: Negan –After Maggie and Negan find Alden, Negan says that they should return to Alexandria because Alden is extremely injured and is being pursued by bloodthirsty assholes. Unsurprisingly, Maggie is against this idea as she sticks to all of Negan’s ideas. Negan responds emotionally and wearily, “I’m on your side, Maggie.” This is the woman he literally left for dead at the season premiere. But in “The Hunt,” he saves her, and then the episode ends with Negan grinning menacingly at her, holding a bloody crowbar in his hand.
Example # 2: Gabriel –The wounded Father Gabriel repeats the prayer, painfully pulling out a knife that pierced his arm and leg. As he leaves, he meets a wounded Reaper, who is also praying. He asks if Gabriel will bless him as a priest before dying. I quote Gabriel, “God is no longer here,” right before he hit the Reaper in the head. So Gabe, who exactly were you praying to about 10 minutes ago?
Example # 3: Maggie—While Maggie tries to decide whether or not to keep Alden, Maggie yells at Negan that he is “no longer allowed to decide who survives and who dies.” She says the idea of having power over life or death over people is as bad as you might think … on any show other than Walking Dead… Rick Grimes was constantly Deciding who to kill, Carol sentenced Alpha to death. Hell, Gabriel simply decided that the Reaper should die by hand, and not from natural causes (most likely from chewing zombies). It may have been a practical decision on Gabriel’s part, but it wasn’t until last week’s episode that Maggie herself decided to watch her teammate Gage die instead of trying to save him.
And by the way, when her other meridian friend, Agatha, is bitten by zombies in The Hunt, Negan should drag, pull Maggie from needlessly falling into a death trap in order to save an infected woman who would have at most a day if she was rescued. The only way it makes a little sense is if when Maggie says, “You are no longer allowed to decide who survives and who dies,” she means that it’s because she now she has to decide, but if so, she makes very hypocritical decisions. I don’t know guys! It feels like writers the walking Dead either completely stopped caring about the plot, or somehow lost their short-term memory. On the other hand, I’ll take a convoluted, controversial episode versus one that disgusts me any day of the week. Tune in next week when Walking Dead Turns into a romantic comedy or something like that, I guess.
- I have no idea about the badly burned zombie that was hung on a cross with the word “JUDAS” on it, but it was a fantastic zombie effect. I expected his jaw to fall off any second.
- Little Herschel introduces Judith, CR and Aaron’s daughter Gracie to the fun world of insect cooking. The other kids aren’t happy with this, but they are clearly open to the idea, which makes me think they’ve been fasting enough often to know not to give up any potential food source, which is extremely depressing. …
- Kelly is the Horse Whisperer. Do not worry about it.
- Rosita believes that Abraham, who died back in season seven, is trying to convey a message to her through her dreams. This is probably worth worrying about.
- Carol is supposed to work on the wall, but sleeps instead and decides to go hunting horses instead – even when Aaron confronts her about it. Magna later asks Carol to stop giving Kelly hope that her sister Connie is alive. The next day (maybe even the same day?) Carol grabs Kelly for another hunt for Connie right in front of Magna. Carol, there’s a difference between self-destructiveness and a huge asshole, and you’re definitely on the nasty side.
- On that note, Carol cut that horse’s throat for a reason, right? What did I just miss? …Right?
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