Walking Dead End of season summary: evolution of horror

adminNovember 26, 2018

Photo: Gene Page (AMC)

The first half of the Living DeadThe ninth season has been good for the most part, something that nobody could have predicted after the terrible and hemorrhaging of the public in recent years. Fortunately, the mid-season finale maintained the streak by including some surprises, excellent suspense, and only a few moments when you want to hit someone through your screen. But above all, for the first time in I do not know how long, I cowered in fear. The Walking Dead-in a good way.

"Evolution" spends part of its time advancing in some of the stories that started after the time intervals, but it was mainly about the configuration of the new great novelty of the series, which makes it very effective. We'll get to that in a second, but first eliminate those other things. First of all, Michonne and Siddiq finally bring the new guys to Hilltop, and in doing so we really see the depth of how bad things have gotten between the colonies. When Michonne and the others approach, a Hilltop rider crosses the fields, shouting "Come riders!" To the people who work in the fields, who run absolutely scared. It is very revealing that someone who comes close is something that should be feared, when before people came and went constantly through the communities.

She also says how when Michonne enters, almost every Hilltop hates her. As we learn, whatever happened to destroy the link between the colonies was Michonne's call: "I did not make the decisions I made because I thought they would be easy … at least [the Hilltoppers] I'm alive to hate me. " Certainly, when Michonne arrives, Tara is not happy to see her. However, Tara says the new ones can stay … as long as they earn their living and are pending Jesus' approval once they return from finding Eugene. And Carol and Michonne have a friendly conversation, which implies that Alexandria's relations with the Kingdom have not been broken as much as with Hilltop, although Michonne still refuses to attend the Kingdom Fair. Soon after, Carol leaves Henry as an apprentice with Earl.

Back in Alexandria, it turns out that Gabriel and Negan have developed a relationship, since Gabe has been playing as a therapist once a week with the prisoner for years. It was a bit strange to see Gabriel apparently trying to teach Negan about mindfulness, but it was nice to see that Negan was very calm and cool … for Negan. Of course, he has to be a bit silly insinuating to Gabe that he heard Rosita talking favorably about another man, but when Gabriel discovers that Rosita is injured and trapped in an unknown condition in Hilltop, Negan really apologizes.

Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) reflects on the science of smells.
Photo: Gene Page (AMC)

I really do not understand why Gabriel was prevented from going to Hilltop because he had to stay with Negan; There is no way or reason why you have been under surveillance 24 hours during the last 5 to 6 years. In fact, it would have been better for Gabriel to leave, because in his distraction about Rosita, he can not close the door of the prison cell, and that night, Negan leaves with a smile on his face. We do not see him going anywhere or doing anything at the moment, but hey, maybe Gabriel's prison reform program has had some effect. In any case, all the ancient Saviors seem to be scattered in the wind, so it does not seem that they are forming an army and leading a revolt in the short term.

However, if he does, I hope that the first to die are the teenagers with whom Henry meets, who are among the most stupid characters. The Walking Dead has ever put on screen, and that is saying something. Finally alone, disturbed to see his mother / the rue Carol cry when he said goodbye, and immediately discover that Enid is not a possible love interest for him, Henry meets some friendly teenagers who tell him to go out with them that night. in some place outside Wall. Obviously, in a world where corpses walk the earth waiting to eat your meat, it is an extremely silly idea, but I do not blame Henry, who has to deal with the loneliness of leaving home and family, for taking the risk with these guys. . Also because he does not know what idiots they are yet.

It's a miracle that these children are alive. I mean, leaving the wall is dangerous, but then they play some music (I suppose they have a boombox) whose noise, of course, would attract zombies, and get drunk with the moonlight just to make sure they are mentally and physically . deteriorated if a zombie arrives. Henry is pressured to drink, but at least he is horrified when the children revealed their knockout: they have dug a big hole, caught a zombie there and are using it as a ring throw. Being a living corpse that can kill you with a single bite. One of the children even pisses on it.

Joe Ando-Hirsch as Rodney, Kelly Mack as Addy and Jackson Pace as Gage.
Photo: Gene Page (AMC)

Obviously, Henry has been making some wrong decisions here, but pushing the boy urinating on the floor because he's an asshole and then throws himself to kill the zombie right away because even drunk knows that having a pet zombie is the most stupid and unnecessarily dangerous thing to do. all. The world was quite satisfactory. Henry ends up in Hilltop Prison for two days because he came home drunk (he even threw up in Tara's shoes); Earl gives him an appropriate amount of punishment and tells him that the apprenticeship is over, but I suspect it is a "direct fear" trick, since, as Earl says, he has also been in that cell before. Still, however, this story is annoying as hell.

Luckily, the main plot of the episode, Daryl, Jesus and Eugene's search for Aaron, is so good that it's easy to ignore that stupidity. The restlessness increases wonderfully, when Jesus sees for the first time a crowd of zombies doing something he has never seen before: they are just moving, instead of walking somewhere hoping to find that tasty and tasty human flesh. They do not worry when they notice that the herd has started to turn in their direction, as they may deviate from their path. They are more disturbed when they realize that the zombies have changed direction to follow them again, and duplicate their numbers, but Daryl simply throws an alarm clock like a grenade of programmed noise, to make sure that the herd goes to another part.

Finally, they find Eugene hiding in a small cabin. But he is terrified, much more terrified by the zombies that we have seen anyone for a long, long time, because not only the herd has been actively looking for him, but they also speak. Obviously there is some skepticism … but then that same group of zombies is right outside, after having followed Daryl, Jesus and Aaron again. Since Eugene's leg is still trapped, the group can not advance enough for the zombies to clear, so Daryl stays behind to catch them.

At this point, although we know that the zombies are acting unnaturally, the only strange thing we have seen them do is bother. So it's an excellent shock when Daryl uses firecrackers to try to attract his attention, and the zombie pack simply ignores him. In fact, they change the directions away from the firecrackers to continue chasing Jesus, Aaron and Eugene. Seeing the zombies stop being embarrassed one way and start doing it in another direction is not really an impressive image, but the "oh, shit" aspect of Norman Reedus makes it work.

The zombies come so close that the trio desperately goes to a cemetery through a crack in its wall, so only a few zombies can enter at once; When they discover that the door is blocked, and prepare to make a stand. The few zombies approaching them are easy to handle, but the graveyard, the fog and the ominous thunder keep things tense, even when Michonne, Magna and Yumiko arrive fortuitously to help open the door, while Jesus stops the zombies .

The moment the slow-motion struggle begins, you know that Jesus is finished. Honestly, I think it's the biggest stumbling block in history, because it reflects his death so completely, although as a sign of the martial arts and sword skills of actor Tom Payne is great. Fortunately, the speed increases the backup for one of the most terrifying moments that the program has given us: the door is open, Eugene is outside and Aaron is screaming at Jesus to come. With only two zombies between him and the others, Jesus cuts one casual, and then tries to get the other out. But the other zombie bends down and pulls a knife right in Jesus' back.

Jesus (Tom Payne) in less condemned times.
Photo: Jackson Lee Davis (AMC)

Seeing one of the zombies in the series, who have been meaningless monsters for nine and a half years, shows that such speed and cunning was a "oh, shit" moment for me, and I even knew what was to come. Seeing the others in horrified shock that everything they thought they knew about their world had suddenly changed, that the omnipresent threat of the zombies had increased in just a few seconds, it had sold out exponentially to perfection. The fact that the dead were a lesser danger than the living during most of the past five seasons gave him so much impact, and the fact that The Walking Dead Transfigured into almost just one action television series for almost the same time it made the scare much more terrifying. Even the revelation that the zombies have not really evolved, but are living people who wear the skin of the zombies and leave with them as the total rare do not diminish the moment.

I would say that it is so creepy that it makes the suspense of the show, which should be quite basic (the main characters are trapped in the cemetery, surrounded by zombies, how unusual), more effective because they are now surrounded by zombies and completely crazy people. It was certainly effective in preventing me from realizing how smart it was for Michonne to appear in the exact place, at the exact moment, and that, somehow, Michonne and Yumiko had not realized that she was about 30 seconds away from her. her, until after the episode occurred. fact. As I said before, I do not mind making holes, as long as I am entertained enough that I do not notice them at the moment.

It helps so much that the program has found some convincing antagonists again. The Whisperers, (as they are called in comics), are spikes Living Dead Silly stuff. Of course, what would happen after a zombie apocalypse is that a community would be formed together by their shared love of sewing corpses faces to their heads and wandering among zombies, but the character's show needed that ridiculousness for a long time. That the Whisperers have felt like a genuinely new type of antagonist, at least for now, has been very helpful. At this moment they feel like the bad guys in a slasher movie: incomprehensible, irrational, motivated only by the desire to kill. I almost hate that it is almost certain that we are going to know them and that their mystery is erased.

Of course, the episode was not perfect, but in reality, it can The Walking Dead Never? We have always had some tremendously good episodes even in the most difficult seasons, but the program also had its problems even in the best moments. Maybe I've had Stockholm syndrome for the past few years, but this first half of season nine is exactly what I need The Walking Dead be. All I need is to enjoy the show so that the stories continue to progress, the mysteries are intriguing and the main characters are not malevolent idiots. (Or at least plus of the main characters; do not go too far)

I do not know if that will be enough for all of you, much less to attract all the previous viewers. But now, for the first time in an eternity, I can say that I would keep looking. The Walking Dead even if I was not making these summaries. And that is enough for now.

Aaron (Ross Marquand) shows his "oh shit" face.
Photo: Gene Page (AMC)

Assorted meditations:

  • I'm not going to bother checking this, but I'm pretty sure this was the first Living Dead final in a long time that oversized his time, that 99% of the time he did not need. The showrunner Angela Kang has kept most of the episodes at a regular time or close to her, and has helped things greatly because there is less time for the program to be wasted.
  • Magna is ready to fight Hilltop in its entirety, just as she was willing to fight against all of Alexandria. Madam, there are five people against 50, minimum. The odds are not in your favor.
  • I liked the less clean aspect of Alden. The show should definitely change it again to satisfy the aesthetic tastes of a person.
  • It's interesting to see how super-intelligent Eugene can only theorize about increasing the intelligence of zombies, while Negan reveals the harsh science of how odors are particles, so, technically, Gabriel, who has to clean Megan's potty , he has some of Negan's shit in him.
  • I do not have exactly any idea of ​​how the Whisperers are not only directing the zombies, but they are preventing them from becoming distracted, and I will definitely need an explanation. "Because they go out with them" will not be a sufficient response.
  • After an enemy is defeated, does a much more powerful enemy appear? I have seen enough Dragon Ball Z to know how this Negan thing is going to work.
  • I understand that the death of Jesus is very sad for them, but it would be very funny if they put their body in a cave, block it with a large rock and then open it again three days later.

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