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Walking Dead season 11 season 2 review: When life was scarier than the Reapers

Zombie season 11B begins with a literal explosion as a group of survivors fire off fireworks at a depot containing oncoming pedestrians. The conflict between tough Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the Reapers that occurs between explosions is bloody, devastating, and is further advanced in hand-to-hand combat. After 11 seasonscharacters above Zombie are seasoned warriors. But the challenge our weary survivors will face in the final installment has revealed itself to be far more cunning: living in a society.

Fans of the series and graphic novel it is based onhave known for a while that there there will never be a “cure” for the zombie virus in the fictional world of Zombie. But a possible apocalypse ending in other waysand the road last season is inching towards that conclusion which is surprisingly unsettling. History repeats itself and anarchy is replaced by deadlocked jobs.

More and more survivors of the long-running AMC series have moved on and gotten used to the Commonwealth, and it became clear midway through last season that the show’s Final Boss was back to normal. This is like a natural end game for Zombie to strive when the sky falls. Apocalypse isn’t… the end of the world? And with all that they’ve been through, shouldn’t it?

After COVID-19 precautions left some episodes in season 10 and the first episode of season 11 stuck with close two-handed guys while dodging major battles, the show is back in full swing. its glory enough. Those episodes don’t feel out of place or priceless at all. Interpersonal relationships and quiet moments are what’s kept Zombie briefly after all these years. It is always about the living rather than the dead. The series will spend an hour on bloody scenes and brutal zombie fighting and then end with the loveliest hug you’ll ever see between two friends reunited after a long time apart.

Much of the season’s content seems to be foundational, which we tried earlier on this show. In the first two episodes of the second season of the final season (a short one), we see new rivalries arise between beloved characters, a potential threat that can be undone after discovery. uncovering its dark secrets, Carol holds a plate of freshly baked cookies, and even jumps to another time. Same as it was before.

But returning to familiar situations while still introducing new characters isn’t the worst place for a show in its final season, more than a decade later. It’s good to create a link and remind us why we started watching Zombie right from the start. It’s gratifying to see these characters absorb what they’ve learned and not repeat the mistakes they’ve made in the past. That way, the Commonwealth feels like the final exam after a 13-year class.

And of course the stakes for this group are far different from before. We’ve seen survivors go from forest to running water before at CDC and in Alexandria. We have seen communities with a dangerous distribution of power and leadership with the Governor and Negan. But we have yet to see these characters fit into things like dress codes, journalism, money, the service industry, and socioeconomic class structures. The problems they faced in the final season were similar to the problems they faced in the previous period. The main threat in the Commonwealth does not come from cults or cannibalism, but from a workers’ rights uprising. It’s not so scary as deep sadness.

One of the reasons zombie apocalypse and novel apocalypse are so beloved is that it offers an escape from the mundane. and oppressive conventions of modern society. It’s easy to imagine what kind of people we would be if we weren’t employed and had to pay the bills. It’s an equalizer. Whoever cuts you in line or doesn’t leave a tip will get hit first. It’s fantasy, isn’t it?

Daryl Dixon holding a gun in the woods

Photo: Josh Stringer / AMC

Two bartenders in The Walking Dead Commonwealth

Photo: Josh Stringer / AMC

Maggie is bloody and tired looking at stills from The Walking Dead

Photo: Josh Stringer / AMC

Finally, as Zombie found, those types of people and situations will return; that’s the price to pay for security and complacency. You can’t afford to be rude when you’re not fighting to survive. The main antagonist in Season 11B is a privileged, entitled product of totalitarianism named Sebastian Milton. His mother, Pamela, is a former politician who seems very interested in maintaining the world in her favor. They are exactly the type of people that one would think they lack the strength to weather the apocalypse, and here they are controlling our weather survivors all around. Pamela’s power comes from a familiar and comfortable place of reaction, and that’s not always a good thing.

Think of children, for example. Zombie been on the air (and passed through time) for so long that we’ve seen many kids grow up in a zombie apocalypse. They have been deprived of what we consider a “normal childhood” and have had to grow up very quickly with all the violence and death that surrounds them. But when Daryl can’t afford to give Judith Grimes an allowance when she asks for it, it’s a reminder that so-called normal childhood has its stains too.

Is it ethical to rebuild society like it was before, flaws and all? The same question was raised in another post-apocalyptic series this year: Station 11. The villain of that series (for lack of a better term) rejected efforts to restore society as it was. And such topics force Station 11 to something like Zombiefilm’s final arc, especially as we as audiences are mingling in and out of society in the dying days of a global trauma that could easily end the world.

In our world, the pandemic has had a way of revealing priorities in a way that is both heartwarming and at times painful. Zombie totally willing to use the last part of it to tackle this problem in a creative, if not a bit new, way.

https://www.polygon.com/22941252/walking-dead-season-11-b-review Walking Dead season 11 season 2 review: When life was scarier than the Reapers

Aila Slisco

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