The Strolling Useless Season 11 Episode 22 Recap: Religion

Eugene looks sad and tired during his trial, just like I did while watching the episode.

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Have you ever ever felt tense watching The Strolling Useless extra? Is the TV present ever actually surprise you extra? I am certain it has been some time since TWD made me really feel like a personality was in real danger or did one thing that made me wondering what was going to happen Subsequent. Tonight’s episode, “Religion,” was a fairly blatant instance of The Strolling Uselessproceed to not do both.

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what? I admit I used to be barely stunned by tonight’s episode after I realized that the “chain gang” working to clear the prepare tracks was stationed in a single day in Alexandria. When the group was cut up into two, I assumed one went to the chain gang, and the different in Alexandria. Nonetheless, my large lesson was, “Effectively, at the least they will free everybody early to allow them to maintain preventing the Commonwealth.”

On the chain gang, Ezekiel and Negan and some others (we see Magna, Princess and Annie additionally working there this time) observe the actions of the guards on a makeshift map. It’s virtually instantly discovered, and the wArden hangs out at Negan to get a “chief” vibe. Negan finds it laughable, given what number of of his supposed folks hate him, however he would not discover it humorous when the wArden says determine what their plan is or say goodbye to his spouse.

We’re clearly meant to imagine that Negan will betray Ezekiel or somebody for his spouse’s sake, and the episode hammers that residence into Ezekiel getting one other likelihood to inform Negan how a lot he hates him. However the present has gone out of its manner repeatedly to painting Negan as a modified man. It might be ridiculous for the present to immediately give him a heel kick at this level. (Not that TWD did not even make its “heroic” characters do dastardly issues with out penalties, so a heel flip would not be shocking both, simply obnoxious.)

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As a substitute, Negan says he is the ringleader or one thing – it is off-screen – so the Commontroopers drag him to the Alexandria Windmill to face a firing squad. Negan appears so good with the state of affairs that the foreman drags Annie to be executed with him. As Negan performs the “we each have households!” card with atrooper the fOreman foolishly mentioned he wasn’t allowed to see his sick brother, Ezekiel stands in entrance of the firing squad weapons and is adopted by a lot of the different characters with names. Ezekiel offers an inspirational speech about doing the correct factor or some shit, and the fOreman orders all of them to be shot.

This is what sucks so badly about it: Final episode, Negan promised Ezekiel that he would do one thing to offer a “spark” that Ezekiel might use to get the opposite prisoners to defeat their captors. That is precisely what occurs, and even (most) guards decrease their weapons, however none of this was supposed. Nearly no part has ever been below the management of Negan or Ezekiel. The cardboard was discovered by likelihood. The Foreman grabbed Negan due to his chief vibe. They could not have identified that Annie would immediately have been added to the execution. Nor has anybody spoken to anybody about how one can deal with the state of affairs. And the truth that the one guard was so delicate to household conversations that he switched sides was pure luck. That is very lazy writing.

The FOreman grabs and holds Kelly hostage, solely to be stabbed within the again by Daryl, as a result of he and Connie snuck into Alexandria by means of the sewers, whereas Maggie and Carol snuck away elsewhere to search for the kids who have been taken away. In a really handy coincidence, hishel is discovered alone, however all the opposite youngsters are lacking. A distraught Rosita feeds the dying foreman to a zombie when he refuses to say the place they’ve been moved.

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In the meantime, again within the Commonwealth, Eugene has his trial. As you, me, and everybody on the present anticipated, it is rigged and Eugene is doomed to be executed himself. However though it’s a fatality, it engulfs a plot of screentime so Pam can fake to cry, Yumiko can ask Mercer to testify towards Pam, which he after all refuses to do, and Eugene can provide a shifting speech about how one particular person can change the world, a message that has completely no relevance to his essay. On his technique to the electrical chair (I feel it is a secure guess the Commonwealth has an electrical chair) he’s intercepted and freed by Mercer, who has determined sure he want to assist save the person whose his sister is in love, liberating the Commonwealth from Pam’s tyrannical rule and making it a greater place. All these many occasions earlier than he mentioned he did not? It is simply extra display screen time, child.

A minimum of Mercer’s final line offers me hope that one thing fascinating will occur subsequent week: “Let’s do some shit.” Sure, please, Mercer. I want you’ll do some shit. Even just a bit shit! I urge you right here. As a result of shit has been utterly unfucked for what seems like without end.

Though the title of the episode is “Religion”, it ought to absolutely be interpreted as a message from the showmakers to themselves, as in “Let’s have religion, we inform an excellent story”. Possibly they’ve one thing they are going to launch within the final two episodes of the present that is not going to make all the pieces that is occurred up to now retroactively fascinating, however might make what’s to return fascinating. However believing this requires religion in The Strolling Uselessand that is one thing I haven’t got anymore.

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Assorted Daydreams:

  • Aaron’s group randomly encounters Luke (Dan Fogler) and Jules (Alex Sgambati) who have been final seen within the Season 10 finale, which aired in October 2020. Thankfully, they inform the others that Oceanside was conquered by the Commonwealth, and Aaron both realizes one thing has modified, or she had no intention of liberating the communities within the first place.
  • One more Commontrooper patrol pulls up and almost finds the group, so that they use the “smear on your self to stroll safely amongst zombies” shtick to cover. Three issues about it: 1) Nobody acquired blood on his face, which was very silly for the reason that Troopers have been scanning lights within the crowd of zombies. 2) Why the hell did the Troopers imagine that anybody alive would stroll round with zombies? We now have no indication that they know the heart factor or have ever encountered Whisperers. 3) This scene lasted so lengthy that I assumed I used to be going to lose my thoughts.
  • What occurred to trigger the Commontroopers to separate hisremoted him from different youngsters, tied him to a chair and positioned him in armed custody?

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