Do the walking Dead Need another show? This may be the first question people think of beforehand The Walking Dead: Dead City. After all, he was there Fear the Walking Dead, A World Beyond, Tales of the Walking Deadand the original series, which ended less than a year ago, into its eleventh season (with what some might call diminishing returns). Let’s be honest, there are a lot of zombie TV shows out there.

but the walking Dead You were never about zombies, were you? It could be a zombie, a pandemic, a natural disaster – whatever the case, the franchise is a study of humanity ‘after the fall’, a meditation on the politics of societies, and an exploration of the human condition in crisis situations. It’s about people – the real antagonists – not zombies.

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That’s what makes dead zone And two more upcoming series, Rick and Michonne And Daryl Dixonarguably more interesting than anything since the first few seasons of the walking Dead. These new shows focus squarely on individual characters who get plenty of intimacy (and not a bit of fanservice).

dead zone It mainly focuses on Negan and Maggie, who actually had one of the most passionate relationships in the original series. Yes, dead zone He suffers from many of the same problems that plague me the walking DeadAnd, yes, it can be silly and inconsequential (really, what else would anyone expect?), but it’s probably the best thing to come out of this franchise in years.

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If you are not used to the walking DeadThis new series may not be the best starting point. Even if the six episode dead zone Introducing us to a host of new characters, there’s simply so much history between the two main characters that newcomers likely won’t receive the brunt of the show’s emotional impact. But for fans of the series, and fans of the adorable character Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan), dead zone It would be a great sequel, even if the original show created a very complete arc for it.

Look, we all have bad in us, but Negan had more. He was a cult-like leader whose intimidation and threat created an empire and kept hundreds of people alive after the zombie apocalypse, while harming and killing countless others. The original series does a great job of detailing Negan’s evils, his downfall, his dawning self-awareness, and his attempts at some sort of redemption. He killed Maggie’s husband, but with an end the walking DeadHe cries and apologizes to her for the monster he was.

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dead zone He finds Maggie looking for Negan’s help – oddly enough Seven samurai As the situation unfolds, her farming community is raided with the threat of frequent raids, and her son, Hershel, is taken hostage. She needs Negan, and Negan needs to evade frenzied law enforcement that’s on his tail. Maybe he feels guilty, maybe he has a death motive, or maybe it’s just a convenient plot twist, but he accompanies Maggie and heads to Manhattan to find “the Croats” (the delectable Željko Ivanek, the highlight of the series).

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Negan and Maggie clash in Dead City

Complications ensue and not everything is as it seems, of course. belatedly by the powerful Field Marshal Burley Armstrong (Friday night lightsGaius Charles), Negan and Maggie navigate an infested Manhattan, which appears to be harboring the WarriorsStyle bands. One thing leads to another, and they are part of one group and hunted down by another.

There’s an abundance of new characters entering here, as Amaia (Karina Ortiz) and Tommaso (Jonathan Higginbotham), the amiable gang leaders Negan and Maggie find themselves working alongside. Unfortunately, none of them are terribly interesting, and no matter how many clumsy monologues the new characters deliver, it’s hard to relate to any of them, really, except for Croats. He’s annoying and vile, sure, but he’s pathetic, a little pathetic, and wonderfully fleshed out, thanks mostly to Ivanik, who is unbelievable.

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Lauren Cohan returns as Maggie Rhee and the camera is smitten with her. Countless shots that simply linger on her reflexes, suspicious eyes, and listening face as she takes in what’s happening off screen go a long way in making this character even more charming than she should be. Cohan is a great actor, but he’s not great at Southern accents, and it gets a little awkward here. Simply put, it’s more interesting to watch them react silently rather than command the room with words and gestures.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan replaces Negan

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Dean Morgan is also back as Negan Smith, and arguably better than ever. He can’t help but dominate nearly every scene he’s in, even if the dialogue is visibly worse than the first few seasons of the original series. dead zone In the end it feels like his own story, using the Croats and his Manhattan operation as a counterpart to Negan’s worst character. Now that he’s evolved and changed for the better, can Negan see the damage the Croats are doing? Can he recognize himself in the villain? Will he succumb to his old nature and stronger demons?

Through the six quick loops that we can pass easily, dead zone A moral maze, and Negan is at the center. Of course the show will be about him and Maggie – Maggie is the final rest, the remaining proof that Negan was a terrible person, and that his quest with her is like Orpheus trying to escape Hell with Eurydice.

The ending is a bit anticlimactic in terms of the fun action pieces the series pulls off in every other episode, but thematically, it’s just about perfect. It probably should have ended there solidly, but that’s how it is the walking Dead; if dead zone It does so well, viewers should probably get eight more seasons. It’s not needed, and it would have been nice to see this spin-off come to an end with some ending, but instead, it explicitly suggests a second season. It’s kind of annoying, and if it’s not symbolically perfect, it’s annoying.

As it is, we have the best items the walking Dead in this new show, but also a few of the worst (too many characters, confusing editing, and comic violence that’s more laughable than annoying). With just six episodes, he’s not over welcoming and uses his time wisely. The odds are good for this.

The Walking Dead: Dead City It will premiere Sunday, June 18 at 9:00 PM ET on AMC and AMC+, with five more episodes airing each subsequent Sunday. You can check out the trailer below:


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