So, the only real surprise was in the last few minutes. An unsubtle link to the Walking Dead films. I appreciate that the survivors are, by their very nature of surviving, dangerous, lethal and very capable fighters, possibly mentally unstable, and trigger happy. However, after so long, they would be longing for home comforts, safety, a quality meal, an undisturbed night's sleep. I don't see the need for what we saw. Negotiation would work far better. They were only armed with knives in any case; not even throwing knives. It makes little sense because these survivors are 'the Last Best Hope of Earth', to quote Abraham Lincoln, and their orders cannot involve shooting at them, so why point live weapons at them?
Not one person holds a grudge for the killing of Glen? What, not even Maggie? Totally unbelievable, but there it is.
The walkers here seemed to exhibit more of a mental presence than I remember. Were they actually chanting under Beta's leadership? He even appeared to exert something like telepathic control over his minions.
Beta's demise was anticlimactic. The fight with Negan was disappointingly brief. As Beta sank blissfully into his followers, I couldn't tell if they were eating him or rendering first aid.
I guess old Beta picked a bad time to lead the final battle.
In the final minutes of the episode titled A Certain Doom, Eugene's group met some new soldiers which were previously only known to comic book fans. The soldiers are heavily armed and decked out in white, Stormtrooper-like armor. This group is from the Commonwealth, a thriving bunch set in Ohio in the books, but presumably in West Virginia for the TV show.
"First and foremost, the bulk of my work on The Walking Dead for 10 years has been zombies and gags and killing and murdering walkers and disembowelments," Nicotero, who directoed Episode 10x16, explained. "Then we got Shiva and that was a lot of fun because that was different. And then all of a sudden, when we started designing the Commonwealth armor, I think the thing that was challenging was taking Robert and Charlie's artwork and adapting it. Because there are certain aspects of a human body that have to be able to move, but the way the armor was designed and drawn, we had to sort of adapt it to something that was three-dimensional and real. I was really, really excited about getting to make something different for the show. Something that KNB is really good at, but doesn't get the opportunity to do it on the show."
Some extra behind-the-camera movie magic came into play during production because there were not as many soldiers in suits on the set as there appeared to be on the series.
"Interestingly enough, about that scene, we only made eight of suits armor and what we did was we cast somebody up at KNB, and then we sent the measurements to our casting people in Georgia and said, 'You have to cast people that are this body size because it's kind of a one size fits all scenario,'" Nicotero says. "So, we actually designed the armor to fit a certain body size and we 3D printed it and we sculpted a lot of it and then we molded it. We made it out of the same material that we use when we did Predator's and a Alita: Battle Angle and something that is flexible, that looks painted and the gloss can be added to it. But when we shot that scene, we only had eight suits, but I wanted to make it feel like there was more, so we would lock the camera off and then have a couple of guys run in from one direction and then we cut and then we put the same eight guys come in from another direction. And when you put all those pieces together in one frame, it looks like there's like 18 or 20 of them running at the group."
The Whisperer War more or less ended when Alpha was killed but the aftermath feels a bit like an epilogue as the remaining Whisperers lead by Beta came crashing down on Team Family. Now, the dust has officially settled, as the group's former second-in-command was killed off when Daryl shoved two giant knives into his eyes and Beta became one with his horde. As it turns out, part of Beta's sendoff being carried out in such a fashion was the idea of none other than Daryl actor Norman Reedus.
"Well, that was a big kill for Daryl in the episode," Nicotero says. "Norman had pitched that idea. Norman had said, 'Oh, I just should come up with both of my knives and stab him in the eyes. Part of the story arc there is that Beta can't die from those stab wounds. Norman's knives are f-cking 12 inches long. We sort of justified it in our heads that because he stabbed straight down it's like the knives go down, they don't go back into his brain, they go straight down. We made a dummy head of Ryan with pullouts. So he did that straight shot where you see the knives being pulled out."
The Walking Dead ends the Whisperer War without significant casualties from the survivors in its Season 10 finale, where a last-minute rescue from Maggie (Lauren Cohan) spares Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) from his grisly comic book fate. In "A Certain Doom," the priest prepares to meet his maker when Beta (Ryan Hurst) descends upon the group's hospital tower hideout with a zombie horde of biblical proportions. As Daryl (Norman Reedus) and a troop of heroes wage war with Beta's army outside, Gabriel is overpowered and nearly gutted by invading Whisperers on the top floors of the hospital tower when a bolt-shooting Maggie arrives with a metal-masked fighter.
In The Walking Dead issue #158, Gabriel acts as lookout atop a water tower when he spots the Whisperer horde advancing towards the survivors' position. Descending the tower ladder in a quickened panic, Gabriel slips and is left dangling helplessly with a snapped ankle. Beta steps out of the horde with a blade and guts Gabriel, warning he "should have whispered." A mob of walkers eats Gabriel alive, leaving him a husk of picked-over bones.
I think now that I was harsh in my comments. I agree with the closure to story lines, the better pacing, the personal redemptions. As I said, this episode suffers more because it was been awaited so long, but was never meant to be a stand alone. I still don't understand the need for the Stormtroopers, or why Maggie doesn't stab Negan in the back (but I don't think Negan will never be able to relax among this group, and should have left whenever he had a chance). Lydia will eventually be accepted (she was just a child and cannot be held responsible for the sins of the Mother)..I for one really enjoyed this episode. There was closure on a number of story lines. The Whisperers, Carol and Daryl making peace, Lydia proving here worth and finally deciding upon her place in this world, Negan completing his redemption(loved the line about Beta and Daryl's response). There was a lot to like here. For the first time in years the writers in this series managed to inject pace into the story.
A few seasons back this episode would have taking a whole season to tell.
Lydia will eventually be accepted (she was just a child and cannot be held responsible for the sins of the Mother)..
I still don't understand the need for the Stormtroopers,
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