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Rest in Peace s11 ep24

Daryl and Carol sit on a stone bench overlooking a small, peaceful lake.

Photo: Jace Downs/AMC

Friends, zombies, compatriots, lend me your ears! I have come to bury The living Dead, not to praise it. I didn’t really come to downplay it either. But it feels important to note that the zombified version of TWD who has been shuffling around our TV screens for years, whose skull has been crushed and brains pulverized. You know, figuratively speaking.

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I have frighteningly little to say about “Rest in Peace,” as it was a super-sized episode intended to cap off an 11-season run of what was once TV’s most popular show. Everything the season has been supposedly leading up to, i.e. war with the Commonwealth is so dutifully abolished; it’s like the show was embarrassed by the storyline. Though shot, Judith is fine. Mercer was arrested, but he is rescued immediately and makes amends. Although everyone was stuck in the middle of a Commonwealth street with a horde of zombies, they are fine. Rosita finds her child, who is fine, but Rosita is bitten along the way and refuses to let anyone know to minimize the drama.

Overthrowing Governor Pam Milton is even easier. She is locked in her gated community with her semi-loyal faction of soldiers, all staring at the giant gate where her lower-income constituents beg to be let in lest they be eaten by the zombies that have poured in. the city. There’s plenty of room inside and enough time to let everyone in safely, but Pam has become so one-dimensionally evil that she just stares at them instead. That is, until all the protagonists arrive, Daryl gives an emotionally stirring speech (“They deserve better than this. We’re not the walking dead.”) precisely what the Commontroopers needed to hear in order to disobey Pam and not stand by as dozens and dozens of their friends and neighbors were unnecessarily eaten alive. The people are let in, Pam is arrested and Pam thinks Real She has a hard time letting herself be eaten by Hornsby’s zombie, who comes along, but Maggie saves her so she can rot in jail.

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Photo: Jace Downs/AMC

So in the end all the Commonwealth needed was for a mean old lady to be arrested, and she did. As for the action-packed finals, that’s not much, so The living Dead comes up with a really silly sequence where they lure all the zombies into the gated community, fill it with gas tanks, and arrange for a Wile E. Coyote-esque turntable to set fire to the place when it finishes playing Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality “. The resulting explosion looks like a cutscene from a PlayStation 2 game.

If I was invested at all The living DeadI imagine I would have been disappointed with how the Commonwealth storyline ended, especially since the only main character who bought it was Rosita (no, Luke doesn’t count, and shame on you TWD to pretend he does). The finale felt anemic, which is a weird thing to say about a show that used to revel in the misery it could heap its characters on. Perhaps it makes sense that the show ends with Our Heroes beating a bad guy in any way other than with incredible violence, but it doesn’t feel meaningful – it just felt too easy.

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Photo: Jace Downs/AMC

The second half of “Rest in Peace” is a long epilogue that I can best summarize as “The living Dead were the friends we made along the way. It works much better, especially since we’ve been watching these characters for over a decade. When The living Dead started, what set it apart from other zombie infestation is that the story continued when a zombie movie would have ended. To see these characters finally reach that end – or see them survive to the end – is meaningful in its own right, even if the endings are a little dippy. But how good was it to hear Negan tell Maggie that he really knows what he took from her, and give her a genuine apology? Or that Carol and Daryl tell each other platonically that they love each other? Or to see Rick and Michonne one last time, because that’s all anyone still watching the show wanted to see, right?

Yes, Rick and Michonne have come back The living Dead for a post-credits scene that was so big it had to be pasted before the credits. They appear separately and Rick deposits the diary, boots and iPhone which Michonne later finds “What We Become”, while Michonne is shown reading it in the present/future/some point later. Rick inexplicably goes barefoot and wears a CRM jacket (it’s bad guys out The world beyond spin-off, apparently), and wielding a very strange zombie trepanning trident. He was apparently on the run, as a helicopter tracks him down, someone inside shouting “you have been located and have been ordered to surrender. Stay in place with your hands up.”

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Although I’ve spent enough of my life watching The living Dead that I will have to look at the Rick and Michonne miniseries to put my mind at ease, I strangely have no questions or interest in speculating what the hell is going on with Rick. However, I’m intensely interested in learning where Michonne got some kind of samurai armor for both her and a horse, and why she decided it was a good idea to gallop into a horde of thousands of zombies with sword drawn. It’s pure Walking dead bullshit in its way, and I really appreciated it — but it also saddened me to realize that the best, most entertaining moment in the entire finale was actually a trailer for another show.

And that’s that, I think. I’ll have some more thoughts later on summarizing a full decade of my life The living Dead for io9, but in terms of the series finale – the final episode of a show that ran 11 seasons, 177 episodes, 12 years and was at one point the hottest TV series on the air – I have no more musings, if anything not sorted.

The living Dead is dead. Somehow that feels like all that needs to be said.

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