The first thing they show at the start of the episode “Trust” (11×15) of The Walking Dead (since 2010), with an ascending overhead shot and some low 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 man responsible for that violence, Jason Butler Harner’s wasted Toby Carlson, has now joined the bloody heap.
With the interactions in this scene before the titles, it should be quite clear to us that the threats faced by the group of survivors who had led Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes, who had better return in the third round of this final season, They don’t look like any they’ve faced Until now. And the closest thing to them can be found in the sixth of Fear the Walking Dead (since 2015) and in WorldBeyond (2020-2021).
But neither of these two spin off had an ambiguous antagonist as the haunting Lance Hornsby by Josh Hamilton, and her juicy presence is a plus for the series created by Frank Darabont, director of that immeasurable film that is Life imprisonment (1994), from The Majestic (2001) or the devastating The fog (2007), and his showrunner current Californian Angela Kang. This character dazzles us as one of the best figures in The Walking Dead.
The most disturbing character of the last season of ‘The Walking Dead’
Delve into tribulations of someone as stony as Michael James Shaw’s Mercer, who started out as a homeless person in TheWire (2002-2008) no less and who we would never identify in the role of Corvus Glaive during Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and end game (2019), constitutes all a detail to 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 subsequent dialogue between the great Carol Peletier and Ezekiel is almost unintentionally moving. A very different feeling from the one they want to cause us later about Lance Hornsby, thanks to a disturbing score of the aforementioned Bear McCreary and of a very close-up of Josh Hamilton that reminds us of the one with which the chapter “The Lucky Ones” (11×12) ends. Will this guy be the new Governor of The Walking Dead?
Finally reveal the details specific to the dangerous situation presented to us at flash-forward with which “No Other Way” (11×09) ends, and we cannot say that it is a high point of the Serie of AMC, but also 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), Copper (2012-2013) and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (2017-2018).
The unexpected twist ending
The director Lily Mariyefor its part, offers us a good job in “Trust”. She is a veteran active actress, whom we know from her nurse Lily Jarvik from emergencies (1994-2009) above all, and involved in directing since 2000 with episodes of Criminal minds (2005-2020) or Terror (2018-2019), but also a couple of The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2020-2021), the ones titled “Blood and Lies” (2×07) and “Returning Point” (2×08).
The screenwriter Kevin Deiboldt and the American they know how to play well with expectations of the public in a tense scene from the flash-forward, combining the precise interpretation of Josh Hamilton and his confused smile with an effective low angle and an adequate editing. And she is not the only one who forces us to change our posture in our seats. But what really unsettles us happens at the end, a twist that moves the dramatic pieces towards a dangerous cocktail.