I was mistaken. After the last weeks Walking Dead The episode ended on a cliffhanger, with Maggie hanging in the back of the subway train car and Negan disappearing from view above her, as if abandoning him to some grisly fate, I assumed the show was pulling out one of its usual pretenses and this episode would start with Negan reappearing and saving Maggie’s ass, draining the bad blood between them and forging a difficult alliance. Nope! As it turned out, Negan took a look at Maggie’s predicament and thought, “Oh, good ”, and moved on. He really let her die. It’s raw, it’s cold-blooded as hell, and it makes perfect sense. Congratulations, The walking dead: you played exactly that.
Negan’s split-second decision kicked off this episode in style, and while it was generally quite messy and chaotic enough, enough beats landed to make it gripping, despite an uneven sound mix and sometimes awawkward editing. The show obviously had to go from one place to another, from Maggie’s desire to kill Negan until a difficult truce between them, lest their drama marginalize any bigger issues that occur – and by becoming more vicious road, the tale felt more alive than expected. Everyone is ready to kill Negan for abandoning Maggie (including Maggie, for a moment), but she’s actually the first to accept and acknowledge Negan’s justification, even though she still wants to murder him. “You tried to kill her! Alden said. “No,” Negan replies categorically. “She was in trouble and I didn’t help her – there’s a fat difference. With a short but straightforward speech, Negan reminds them of her worth, and while Maggie’s recently arrived minions are always ready to execute it, everyone, including Maggie, recognizes that the Old Savior is right.
And just in case anyone wants to quibble over the moral gray areas here, “Acheron: Part 2” immediately goes out of their way to show that Maggie is far from a benevolent and benevolent leader at this point. Runaway Gage reappears on the other side of a train car door, begging to be let in, but Maggie refuses, saying they don’t have the firepower to face all the walkers Gage left in. the train with him. look her straight in the eye as he stabs himself in the heart to avoid a much more painful death. So who’s the one in cold blood, again?chose a long and horrible history of brutality and ruthlessness the state of the world outside of Alexandria. She made harsh, callous calls to survive, because she had to; and it only reinforces the scarcity of their community situation. “Compared to everything that exists …” she says, and Negan intervenes: “It means we got lucky. Both, on the same page. Survival is not easy, and it doesIt is for weird, but necessary bedfellows.
Daryl’s side trip adds to general feeling of sprawling chaos in subway tunnels, which is mostly about looking thoughtfully at the remains of long-missing survivors (and a walker in a sleeping bag) in order to convey to this episode just how unusual the Hilltop, Kingdom, and Alexandria setup really is. (Or was, in the case of the first two locations.) EThere was a community down here, one that was still fractured along the class lines, and the valuethe absence of old social divisions is evidenced by the $ 100 bill that Daryl finds, used as a note by a pair of children hoping their father would find him. Eventually, he returns to the main group, just in time to pull off a tough tough fight streak, Old boy-style (well, more of a murder streak, walkers don’t fight much), ending with a real hero moment where he shoves a grenade into a walker’s mouth and slams the train door just in time to blow them all up. the Walking Dead . It’s kinetic and fun, even if it’s far from being the most artfully staged action sequence.
Meanwhile, the situation in the Commonwealth is finally resolved this week. After being left in threatening limbo, albeit bureaucratic, Ezekiel and the others are welcomed into the community – or rather, granted “asylum in these united townships,” as Mercer, the towering red stormtrooper, calls it. . (Plus, Ezekiel was wrong; Mercer wasn’t a former beat-trip cop to the princess, but Eugene’s breakdown felt a little too forced. Yes, it would be nerve-wracking to stay. sitting as your friends were disappearing one by one, but he was already falling apart at the start of this episode; by the time he delivers his long monologue to Mercer on Stephanie, the radio, and why he convinced his friends to l ‘accompanying on this journey shot in the dark, it felt terribly overdone. (He’s a guy who experienced Negan’s initiation into the Saviors, after all – a few days in a train car doesn’t seem to be a source of anxiety.) Still, it’s good to have this worked out. problem before it gets boring.
The big breakthrough in “Acheron” comes at the end. Reuniting with Daryl and the still-alive Roy (the guy who ran away from the group with the last episode of Gage), everyone goes looking for a supply depot that Maggie says is nearby. Instead, they find a parade of dead bodies hanging along the stretch of road, then an arrow hits Roy in the head. As everyone takes cover, our new villains appear: the Reapers, I presume? They are masked, but with the same degree of military wear that we saw on the last guy we encountered. I guess there’s a chance it’s another gang, but it seems terribly unlikely. We are in the final phase, here it is time to meet our enemies.
- Princess, channeling her inner Karen to the Commonwealth: “We want to talk to the director! »
- The princess actually had several fun times – as usual – but my favorite was probably her wide-eyed response to learning they had toilet paper in the bathroom.throoms. “Oh, shit, I’m excited! ”
- Have we ever seen Yumiko blast her lawyer skills like this before? I don’t remember, and while it was fun, it was also a bit irrelevant at first.
- Momggie’s story was really pretty gruesome. Women whose limbs have been cut off, their tongues cut and impregnated? Yeesh, we got it, show the world is one awful place.
- Walking Dead Small moment of criticism: When the train door opens and the stampede of walkers enters, they begin to shoot them down one by one, and quite quickly. So why the hell wasn’t there a huge pile of bodies after the first minute? From what I could see, the endless parade of marchers continued to pass, as if none of them had fallen to the ground before. It was obvious enough that it got me out of the streak
- Eugene’s tearful confession was actually quite touching at times. On Stéphanie: “She … was not repelled by my musings.
- If I had one wish, it would be for The walking dead spend this last season really invest in some televisions directors who have a knack for big action scenes. Call Kevin Tancharoen or John Hyams, guys! Call Michelle McLaren again! Let’s be wild!