The Walking Dead – Lockdown & A New Deal (Season 11/ Episodes 17-18 Review)

The Walking Dead – Lockdown & A New Deal (Season 11/ Episodes 17-18 Review)

AMC’s The Walking Dead is inching closer to concluding after an amazing eleven season run. At one time one of the most popular series on of all television, in more recent years, The Walking Dead has seen a dip in viewership and undergone many changes. With several main characters killed off, including some of which just vanished with little resolve, the eleventh and final season has been interesting to watch. A season which has been ongoing for two years and broken into three parts, part one initially ran from August to October of 2021, part two from February to April of 2022, with part three launching on October 2, 2022. 

Michael James Shaw as Mercer – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 17 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

A return that will include the final eight episodes of The Walking Dead, episode 17, Lockdown, picks up with a brief introduction narrated by Judith (Cailey Fleming: Better Things series, Peppermint 2018). In this Judith explains how things once were and we are given some history of the series through a video montage. A nice little recap of key moments in The Walking Dead, the episode then kicks into high gear with some much-needed action scenes; this includes a car chase between Daryl and Negan with Commonwealth soldiers. From here the episode moves at a decent pace as we watch the fabricate of the Commonwealth slowly start to unravel. All in all, Lockdown is probably one of the better episodes of The Walking Dead in recent memory…perhaps because Greg Nicotero was in the director’s chair. 

Which leads us into episode 18, A New Deal, which premieres on AMC Sunday, October 9, 2022. Directed by Jeffrey F. January, it picks up after Lockdown abruptly concludes with the capture of Lance Hornsby. Lance, a less than model citizen of any society, is imprisoned, but still arrogant and unwilling to be intimidated. Outside of this Max and Eugene put a risky plan into action to entrap and incriminate another less than likable individual, Commonwealth Governor Pamela Milton’s son, Sebastian (Teo Rapp-Olsson: Blue Bloods series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit series). As always Sebastian is a weasel-like character who is near impossible to feel any empathy for. However, after you hear his unknowingly recorded rant, if you are at all cynical about the hypocrisy of societal structures in general, you might at least respect his honesty. If the recording is revealed, will this be the final nail in the coffin of the façade of community that is the Commonwealth?

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Josh Hamilton as Lance Hornsby – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 17 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

The Walking Dead has always managed to interject current social cues into the storylines; which is odd because in The Walking Dead universe was eclipsed by a zombie apocalypse over a decade ago… so how would they know what were the hot topics in a culture that already fell? Anyway, this topical approach is something they have done quite a bit of in recent seasons, and thus far, Season 11 is no different. That said, this dramatic reflection is quite telling of reality in many ways. 

We can only hope that in the fictional world that is The Walking Dead that our heroes are triumphant in defeating the evil figures running the Commonwealth. But what then? It seems that every structured civilization our main characters come across have all been smoke and mirrors; Woodbury, Terminus, and to a lesser extent because of their weaknesses, Alexandria. 

All this in mind, it might not matter though because there are only six more episodes left of The Walking Dead so there has to be some sort of conclusion coming. Until then, Cryptic Rock patiently awaits and gives Lockdown and A New Deal 4 out of 5 stars.

Teo Rapp-Olsson as Sebastian, Laila Robins as Pamela Milton – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 18 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

 

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