The first thing they show at the start of the “Trust” episode (11×15) of The Walking Dead (since 2010), with an upward aerial shot and some bass string notes from the soundtrack composed by Bear McCreary himself from Foundation (since 2021), coincides with the images chosen to start “The Rotten Core” (11×14). But the person responsible for that violence, Toby Carlson wasted by Jason Butler Harner, has now joined the bloody heap.
With the interactions in this scene before the titles, it should be pretty clear to us that the threats facing the group of survivors who had led Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes, who better return in the third batch of this final season, They’re unlike any they’ve faced until. And the closest thing to them is in the sixth of Fear the living dead (since 2015) and in world beyond (2020-2021).
But neither of these two spin off had an ambiguous antagonist like the haunting Lance Hornsby by Josh Hamilton and its juicy presence is a plus for the series created by Frank Darabont, director of this immeasurable film that is Life imprisonment (1994), by The Majestic (2001) or the devastating Fog (2007), and his showrunner the current Californian Angela Kang. This character dazzles us as one of the best figures of The Walking Dead.
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Dive into the tribulations of someone as tough as Michael James Shaw’s Mercer, who started out as homeless in Thread (2002-2008) nothing less and that we would never identify in the role of Corvus Glaive during Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and end of Game (2019), constitutes a whole detail treat it with dramatic dignity. Because his loyalty to those who preside over the Commonwealth seems to be cracking, but not his sense of justice.
The ensuing dialogue between the great Carol Peletier and Ezekiel is almost unintentionally moving. A very different feeling from the one they want to provoke in us later about Lance Hornsby, thanks to a disturbing score the aforementioned Bear McCreary and a very close-up of Josh Hamilton that reminds us of the one with which the chapter “The Lucky Ones” ends (11×12). Will this guy be the new governor of The Walking Dead?
At last reveal the details specific to the dangerous situation presented to us in the flash forward with which “No Other Way” (11×09) ends, and we cannot say that it is a highlight of the AMC series, but neither that it does not develop in a reasonable and satisfactory way according to the script written by Kevin Deiboldt, who had only been in charge of episodes of Borgia (2011-2014), The copper (2012-2013) and Kevin (probably) saves the world (2017-2018).
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Director Lily MariyeFor its part, give us a good job confident.” She’s a seasoned working actress, whom we know from her nurse Lily Jarvik from the emergencies (1994-2009) above all, and engaged in directing since 2000 with episodes of Criminal minds (2005-2020) or Terror (2018-2019), but also some The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2020-2021), those entitled “Blood and Lies” (2×07) and “Returning Point” (2×08).
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Screenwriter Kevin Deiboldt and the American they know how to play well with expectations from the audience in a tense scene from the flash forward, combining the precise interpretation of Josh Hamilton and his confused smile with an effective low-angle shot and adapted editing. And it’s not the only one that forces us to change our position in our seats. But what really unsettles us comes in the end, a twist that shifts the dramatic parts to a dangerous cocktail.