One realizes that there is something strange about the opening scene of the episode “Out of the Ashes” (11×05) of The walking dead (Frank Darabont and Angela Kang, since 2010). And, when we see various ghosts of fearsome enemies from the past appear, it confirms their easy suspicion that what we see is a simple but violent nightmare. The coloring of the wooded background, on the other hand, has a surreal tone that is somewhat reminiscent of the greenery from the chapter “In Dreams” (6×12) of Fear the Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, from 2015), so it helps enough to admit it.
However, the goal of screenwriter LaToya Morgan, seasoned in Parenthood (Jason Katims, 2010-2015), Shameless (Paul Abbott and John Wells, 2011-2021) or Into the Badlands (Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, 2015-2019) , and Greg Nicotero (Creepshow), the series’ most prolific director after thirty-four episodes, with this dark dream start It consists of revealing Aaron’s (Ross Marquand) concerns to us. That they materialize very soon in a new threat to their community.
The ‘The Walking Dead’ conflict we long to know about
It is not possible, on the other hand, that the orientation video that they put after the usual titles does not bring to mind those of the DHARMA Initiative with Dr. Pierre Chang (François Chau) in Lost (JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber, 2004-2010). In fact, it produces the same surreal ridiculous feeling of something that is out of place in dangerously abnormal circumstances. Like the ones from The Walking Dead.
But we don’t have too many minutes to think about this occurrence. The narration of “Out of the Ashes” focusing on three spotlights that turn into four it lengthens the chapter until not far from the hour and, in addition, it reduces the duration of the scenes because it is necessary to take care not to damage the dramatic development in any of them; which they comply with with a very conscious rigor.
However, although we are naturally curious about the Commonwealth social organization and want to be shown it as soon as possible, the situation of The Walking Dead that truly worries us and in the one we want the most attention from is Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), two very badly matched fellow travelers and with difficult pending accounts that it is not known if they will be settled at some point. And just as “Hunted” (11×03) ends, with that bloody shot so that we do not forget an old fundamental trauma that concerns both of them, we are a little anxious about this matter.
The Usefulness of Carol Peletier’s Last Dramatic Arc
Despite our hopes, surprise arises on the Hilltop stage, and it turns out that some of those nightmarish ghosts are not as nightmarish as they seemed. Thus, it is a pleasure that the plots related to specific hostilities, such as those of the Whisperers of Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Beta (Ryan Hurst) or, as we said, the Saviors of Negan, are not isolated in watertight compartments. , but rather queue after they are supposed to be finished. By verisimilitude in the purpose of offering a mirror with the complexity of life and intention to flee from simple stories.
And not only does this narrative thread give us the unexpected from “Out of the Ashes”, but also the greatest emotional intensity, which connects with the dream of the first scene, and an eloquent resolution that uses the arc of Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) in the tenth season of The Walking Dead to get where it is going. Something that Angela Kang (Terriers), LaToya Morgan and Greg Nicotero finish off with another swerve about a survival that, anyway, we already knew.