We’re just a few months out from the primary of the post-Walking Dead Walking Dead spin-offs: Useless Metropolis, during which Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) search the zombie-filled ruins of New York Metropolis in search of Maggie’s kidnapped son Hershel. Given how low The Strolling Useless finale’s scores have been, your want to observe Dead City could also be contingent on how you’re in zombies falling out of skyscrapers… as a result of I’m undecided what else Useless Metropolis has to supply.
My qualms, apart from that I watched the entirety of TWD, stem from a sequence of quotes in regards to the sequence from showrunner Eli Jorne. Right here’s Jorne, talking at a WonderCon panel, on the crux of Useless Metropolis: “That is the subsequent chapter on this story about Maggie and Negan. One other piece of it for me was what’s on the core of Maggie and Negan’s relationship—the grief, and loss, and trauma. How do you navigate one thing like that? To me, that was all the time the middle of the present. That’s on the core right here.”
ComicBook reviews that Jorne additionally mentioned the unique present did “a tremendous job” exploring Maggie and Negan’s advanced relationship, however that the brand new present will “actually zero in and peel away all these layers and go deeper and deeper and problem the characters.”
Uh-huh. I received’t dig into whether or not TWD did “a tremendous job” exploring their relationship, however I’ll say the unique sequence spent loads of time exploring it. Maggie and Negan spent nearly everything of their screentime throughout seasons Sep 11 with one another; over time, Negan grew more and more penitent, and Maggie stayed uniformly livid and distrustful of him regardless of how typically he saved Maggie or Hershel. It often would appear like they’d attain some form of truce or understanding, however then Maggie would revert again by the subsequent episode.
And that’s okay. Regardless of what number of brutally trustworthy heart-to-hearts you may have with somebody, if that somebody beat your husband to loss of life with a baseball bat in entrance of you seven years in the past, you’d have a tendency to carry a grudge! In addition to, the second AMC introduced that Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan can be reprising their roles for the spin-off, it was apparent that the 2 would proceed their battle as a result of that’s how TV exhibits work.
However what I’ll take umbrage with is Jorne’s assertion that there are any layers left to peel away. The one factor The Strolling Useless would do with these characters is to peel again a layer and uncover one other layer precisely like the primary beneath. TWD exhaustively explored their relationship to repeatedly reveal there was nothing underneath the layers however extra of the identical. It was not nice.
So once I hear Jorne say “We get to essentially zero in and peel away all these layers and go deeper and deeper,” I think what he means is that Maggie’s going to be livid at Negan for killing her husband and Negan goes to repeatedly attempt to show he’s a modified man, which is to say a rehash of TWD seasons 9, 10, and 11. I might simply be pessimistic after watching the principle sequence, and I don’t have any schadenfreude right here; if Useless Metropolis finally ends up being good, then good for it. But when it comes right down to watching Maggie and Negan’s relationship not evolving, then I’d somewhat have extra zombies falling from the skies.
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