The first pictures of “Warlords” chapter (11×13) of The Walking Deadthe series created by Frank Darabont for AMC in 2010 based on the homonymous comic by screenwriter Robert Kirkman and cartoonists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard (2003-2019) and which has Angela Kang as showrunner since “A New Beginning” (9×01), they are quite common in their beginnings: those of a zombie limping towards nowhere and their melodic guttural sounds.
And we’re also used to what happens to this walking corpse, but director Loren Yaconelli plans it with cocooning and a much appreciated detail. It’s about showing the routine drudgeries of the apocalypse that the characters trivialize. On this occasion, in a way reminiscent of a certain scene from dawn of the deadthe remake by Zack Snyder (2004), with a similar spirit but without the impudence of writer James Gunn.
But the routine is broken with a new threat and the mystery rigged before the titles, and there is no choice but the episode to launch to unravel it. And the consequences of the decisions made in “The Lucky Ones” (11×12) linger, as well as the clear tendency to remember the distant past protagonists. Maybe a side effect, looking over your shoulder in the last bars of The Walking Deadknowing that they are.
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When the material becomes a little rarer because of the dance elements, we discover that they have structured the chapter with a lot backtrack in which Gabriel Stokes by Seth Gilliam participates, with whom we are shown a very different attitude to the disturbing drift he had shown in “Hunted” (11×03) or “No Other Way” (11×09). Which could be disappointing if we didn’t trust the future.
Interaction with unknown groups in this violent world, on the other hand, is still used in The Walking Dead for make us nervous for what may happen to our survivors. And all the audiovisual apparatus that composes Loren Yaconelli and the interpretation of those who join the cast, such as Jenique Hendrix and Michael Biehn in the role of Hart and Ian, support this objective.
But they don’t just make us uncomfortable, they all come out with a scene where the tension explodes and which, to top it off, stirs with a playful touch the most unexpected. And then they offer us another one backtrack which explains much of what happens, including the diversion, and throws us back to the unpredictable machinations of Josh Hamilton’s Lance Hornsby.
Plus, we love that screenwriters Jim Barnes and Erik Mountain, who penned seven and three episodes of The Walking Dead since “Ghosts” (10×03) and “One More” (10×19) respectively, made an acquisition as Jason Butler Harner’s Toby Carlson. The skillful and deadly characters able to baffle viewers with their ethical miasma they can play a lot.
We already see the unacceptable seams in the Commonwealth
so come over flashbacks with the explanations necessary to understand the whole, and which transform the “Warlords” into a puzzle to which Angela Kang and company add the parts until the plot is well understood, and talks unexpected which give it greater dramatic substance, they present us with more people and, in short, they see each other with satisfaction for the reunion.
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In this plot under the orders of Loren Yaconelli, who was in charge of five other The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2020-2021), between “The Sky Is a Graveyard” (1×08) and “The Last Night” (2×10), and some Shameless (2011-2021) or Animal Kingdom (2016-2022), we see unacceptable seams in the commonwealth; even less evil than the Military Civic Republic, anyway.
Such a statement seems difficult because of the murderous practices that exist here, behaviors one thinks of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan Smith from the Saviors era or, damn it, Colman Domingo’s Victor Strand from “The Beacon” chapter. (7×01) by Fear the living dead (since 2015). But genocides are big words. And even there is a lot of fabric to cut.