The horrific consequences of violence are the first thing viewers see in the episode “The Rotten Core” (11×14) of The Walking Dead. The apocalyptic world of the famous AMC zombie series, directed by Frank Darabont before he argued with the producer and went out throwing mistos because of this euphemism of creative differences, has not changed one iota in this regard. .
Director Marcus Stokes picks up the plot where Loren Yaconelli left off in “Warlords” (11×13), and with the same screenwriters, Jim Barnes and Erik Mountain, who already have twelve chapters of this terrifying adaptation since “Ghosts” ( 10×03) and “One more” (10×19). But without the welcome puzzle structure above and just a few backtrackand with more of a dramatic accent this time, since the other characters also need attention.
In the same spirit in any case, that of the purpose of continuing to open the seams of the Commonwealth and destroy hopes of finding a new paradise in this country devastated by corpses which continue to walk and bite. Until their rot buries them in the undergrowth as we saw in The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2020-2021); or a survivor short-circuits their decaying brain, of course.
When ‘The Walking Dead’ knows how to squeeze our hearts
The old and dangerous ambitions of yesteryear they come back with different variants, adapted to the context because it could not be otherwise; and the deals made, using the eager interest of the skills learned at this end of the world, provide plotlines like “The Rotten Core” for Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon and Christian Serratos’ Rosita Espinosa.
But the twist we’re most excited about is the one that makes us think about how much we’ve missed Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan Smith, and how unbelievable it seems that he’s been so unbearable in the past of The Walking Dead. Especially, considering that his personality is the same but with a great evolution. AND there are dialogues that really touch us for your situation.
Or do we feel an irrepressible weakness for stories of redemption and hurt that can forgive the horrors of someone infamous, so long as their development is incremental and not implausible. But Marcus Stokes, with the lines written by Jim Barnes and Erik Mountain out of the former villain’s mouth, even makes us meet on the verge of tears.
The last season is going very well
The other part of this episode of The Walking Dead offers us other significant moments of real tension, seasoned with clear illumination and sound details. Thus, despite some god ex machina which, in any case, is credibly prepared. And the horror of what happens reminds us of a similar one, but more intense and cruel, of the chapter “No Way Out” (6×09).
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On the other hand, one of the narrative drifts thrown at us in “The Rotten Core”, and which resolves the particular situation with Jason Butler Harner’s Toby Carlson, generates contradictory ideas. The waste of a character who could give more of himself, as with Emile LaRoux of Demetrius Grosse in Fear the living dead (since 2015), and such a fitting decision as to his fate.
The fun also comes from realizing how fitting it is that Melissa McBride’s Ladino Carol Peletier, one of the most interestingly transformed protagonists throughout these eleven seasons, is the one in a position to play Josh Lance Hornsby Hamilton’s racketeer. And the last turn is to launch more fuel to the fire of conflict spectacular. We are well.