It’s no secret that zombies themselves are sometimes the least fascinating a part of zombie storytelling. While The Walking Dead has produced a number of the most visually fascinating zombies within the historical past of the style, the present’s success was by no means tied to the shambling hordes of lifeless our bodies that gave it its title. When deployed accurately, zombies are a setting, not antagonists. They are an environmental threat that additionally simply occur to function a reminder to beleaguered survivors that irrespective of how powerful issues at the moment are, they may at all times be worse. You may at all times grow to be certainly one of them.
It took The Walking Dead a surprisingly very long time to completely perceive that inescapable reality of zombie drama life. It wasn’t till halfway by season 5 that the survivors discovered a fulltime sanctuary within the type of the Alexandria Safe Zone, have been in a position to catch their breath, and start the work of rebuilding reasonably than merely surviving. Not coincidentally, the again half of season 5 was arguably The Walking Dead’s first golden period. That period didn’t final lengthy, nonetheless, as Alexandria’s nation-building efforts have been shortly interrupted by a conflict with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors.
While the “All Out War” arc is without doubt one of the most beloved elements of the unique comedian, when tailored to display screen it fairly merely didn’t work. The cartoonish elements of Negan’s character have been grating reasonably than interesting and the present’s restricted price range may’t accommodate a full-on conflict along with all of the zombies. Not solely that, however the Savior conflict got here throughout as an pointless interruption. The Alexandrians have been constructing one thing. They have been confronting their very own flaws, fixing them, and making an attempt to create a brand new society out of the ashes of an previous one.
Now in season 11, the Alexandrians are again to constructing once more and it’s resulting in some surprisingly efficient tv. Much of AMC’s advertising and marketing materials for The Walking Dead’s ultimate season has revolved across the idea of starvation. Following the conclusion of one more conflict (this time towards the creepy Whisperers), our remaining survivors have been positioned again to sq. one. The Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom have been decimated and solely Alexandria stays as a viable house, albeit barely. The Alexandrians are confronted with a risk extra terrifying than the lifeless: the world.
Months of whole conflict led to ignored crops which led to blight which led to a ravenous populace. That starvation engendered the season 11 premiere chilly open during which Carol, Maggie, Darly, and firm go on a very harmful meals run, one thing they need to be gone needing to do 10 years into the post-apocalypse. When that run fails, it units Maggie, Negan, and Daryl on the trail of an much more harmful meals run by a subway and finally into the ready arms of latest antagonistic group The Reapers.
In episode 3 “Hunted”, nonetheless, viewers lastly get to see what Alexandria’s starvation appears to be like like on the bottom stage. And that is the place the Little House on the Prairie stuff is available in…although in a darker vogue. “Hunted” principally follows Carol as she leads a mission to search out some horses. But why would they want horses to trip in the event that they’re hungr….oh God, they’re going to eat the horses, aren’t they?