Part one of The Walking Dead final season ended with quite a cliffhanger. But never fear. The first trailer for part two gave us all the evidence we need to know that Team Family will once again prevail. It’s takes more than a storm and a gang of former soldiers to take down our favorite survivors. The first two episodes of part two of the final season gives viewers a glimpse of what their new life is like in the Commonwealth. 

Here’s a quick rundown of where we left off: 

  • Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) have a truce, but they both know it won’t last. They led a small group to Meridian, but only Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari) actually made it with them.
  • Daryl (Norman Reedus) pretended to be with the Reapers to infiltrate their ranks. He found his ex-girlfriend Leah (Lynn Collins) among them.
  • Elijah is hurt and walk around very well
  • Gabriel is running around Meridian like he’s playing Halo
  • Maggie and Negan left Alden (Callan McAuliffe) in an abandoned church. Will he still be alive when the return for him?
  • Judith (Cailey Fleming) and Gracie (Anabelle Holloway) are in danger in Alexandria. The preteens fled to the basement to escape a group of walkers; only to have water pouring in, and filing the place up fast.
  • Aaron (Ross Marquand) and others left the house to put out a fire that ignited in a thunderstorm. 
  • Eugene (Josh McDermitt) was forced to tell Lance Hornsby (Josh Hamilton) about Alexandria, including where it’s located.
  • Ezekiel (Khary Peyton) has cancer. Yumiko’s (Eleanor Matsuura) brother Tomi (Ian Anthony Dale), is a brilliant doctor. Will he be the one save Ezekiel?
  • Leah killed the Reaper leader because … well, he was crazy. Now she’s the leader and is determined to kill both Daryl and Maggie with fireworks. 
  • And Connie (Lauren Ridloff) is back!

Minor spoilers ahead.

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Daryl settles into a new life on The Walking Dead

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 11 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Well, first of all, we know that Daryl, Maggie, Negan, Gabriel and Elijah survive the night. The question is, who doesn’t survive. There’s a whole company of former soldiers that are willing to die for no reason at all … and they do. Maggie has been ready to kill someone since she reappeared in our lives. Does this mean that Negan is still in danger? Of course! Her vengeance is making her a little difficult to watch. 

The only thing left to do is to go home with the food they set out to get. But peace will not last long because the Commonwealth shows up shortly after Maggie and Daryl’s arrival. That’s when the time jump happens. Fast forward to the Commonwealth. Some of Team Family have settled into the community. They’ve accepted their jobs and enjoy the safety and security of the community. But, as expected, things aren’t quite as awesome as they seem to be.

We got a taste of the dissension in the Commonwealth in part one. Lance Hornsby is a smooth talker, but he’s clearly after some sort of power. Which is weird because the Commonwealth is well managed. Everyone has their job and stays in their lane. But not everyone reaps the benefits of the community. It’s a whole new world for Team Family and of course there are new living threats to deal with. But the root of the problem is revealed to be classism. The have and the have-nots. It will be an issue in any large community, especially when resources become unavailable. But who is the big bad? Is there a big bad? Or is there a need for people to try and listen to others’ needs? 

One person who stands out in the first two episodes is Carol (Melissa McBride). We all know Carol is great at pretending to fit in. But she always has some kind of ulterior motive for the things she does. Usually it has to do with the safety of the community. What is it this time? And how far will Carol go to get what she wants? 

Will Maggie get her revenge on The Walking Dead?

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee – The Walking Dead _ Season 11 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Also notable is the fact that Maggie, Negan, and Aaron are not seen at the Commonwealth. Where are they? Are they alive? Will we see them again? And why did they chose to not go to the Commonwealth? Who else didn’t go?

Each part of TWD’s final season presents a new story. Part one was a test of resilience. I think part two will be a test of character. Can those who survived together stay together? Or will the elitism get the best of them? This is going to be an interesting eight episodes. Something we haven’t seen in this series yet. 

The Walking Dead returns Sunday February 20 on AMC. Catch up on the final season on AMC+

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This review was originally published on 2/11/22.

 

 

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