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I Have One Main Concern About ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 11

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 16, 2021

This weekend, The Walking Dead put its season 11 premiere online early for AMC Plus subscribers, and I’m able to talk about my review screeners I saw a while back. Well, the first one anyway.

In short, I really do like the premiere, both parts one and two, and I think it’s well-done zombie horror in a way we haven’t seen for a while as half the crew is trapped in an underground subway station surrounded by hordes and tracked by killers.

But I can already see what I think will be the problem with season 11 of The Walking Dead. In short, I’m concerned about the Commonwealth storyline.

The Commonwealth is the final main storyline in Robert Kirkman’s original graphic novels, which is why the show is ended at season 11 before turning into a collection of spin-offs. But the problem? A) I never thought the comic storyline was very good to start with, at least not compared to the big Governor/Negan arcs that preceded it. And B) The Walking Dead season 11 is now doing it without every main cast member that was key to the storyline, namely, Rick, Carl, Dwight and Michonne.

We already know our stand-in for Michonne, which would be Yumiko. Yumiko is fine, but as such a new member of the cast, she lacks the same impact that we would have had if Michonne was still around. I have no idea who subs in for Rick and Carl now. Daryl and Lydia? Maggie and Judith? And we know for a fact Dwight is not coming back to TWD for this, so he’s replaced by…Magda? I have no idea.

My problem is that I am finding half the story here extremely interesting and the other half not really that at all. I really am enjoying this storyline with Maggie, Negan and Daryl as they face this terrifying new group of hunters, the Reapers, who are not from the comics. I am less interested in seeing the pristine streets of the Commonwealth and their stadium football games and such. The Walking Dead thrives when its cast is hungry and desperate, and the Commonwealth storyline, despite some major deaths, is just too “clean.”

It’s also too heavy handed with its messaging. The society there is built on who you were before the fall and still uses actual money. It’s a very ham-handed allegory for the rich subjugating the poor, and while I agree with the message, it’s delivered in a very clunky fashion, and I don’t think the show will be able to change that from the comics.

Part of me hoped that with every major Commonwealth cast member off the show, they might just skip it and do something else. But that isn’t the case, and now I’m worried about how this is going to play out. I don’t think it’s starting out particularly well (the interrogation sequences are the lowlights of the premiere) and once the whole group gets wrapped up in this storyline, I will miss these dark subway tunnels and creepy mask wearing bad guys. I guess we’ll see how it goes.

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