On September 26, 2021, the sixth episode of season 11 of The Walking Dead, “On the Inside,” aired on AMC. This episode was written by Kevin Deiboldt and directed by Greg Nicotero and was a fantastic horror episode that primarily takes place inside a haunted house.
This episode saw Daryl (Norman Reedus) prove himself loyal to the Reapers in the torturing of Frost (Glenn Stanton). Daryl would then signal Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to save her group from the Reapers, proving he is, once again, doing what needs to be done. Kelly (Angel Theory), Magna (Nadia Hilker), Rosita (Christan Serratos) and Carol (Melissa McBride) to charge of the quest to find Connie.
One of the best storylines for this episode starred Connie (Lauren Ridloff) and Virgil (Kevin Carroll), who were trying to get Connie back to her family. She had been missing since Magna lost track of her after the cave-in Carol accidentally caused in Alpha’s (Samantha Morton) walker cave. Magna made it safely back only to report that she lost Connie in the confusion.
Virgil, trying to pay forward the kindness Michonne (Danai Gurira) granted him, made it his mission to get Connie home again. When a storm breaks out, they head to what appears to be an abandoned house, but they would soon find it is inhabited by something worse than what was outside.
The promo for this episode was an excellent teaser for what was to come.
The Walking Dead season 11 episode 6 – On the Inside
Fans caught on immediately to the comparisons of this horror segment to Night of the Living Dead. Writer Deiboldt shared that the locations department found the house for this story, and the Art Department then transformed it into the “home of my dreams (nightmares?).”
Connie, being deaf, had a hard time with things in this episode. She couldn’t tell when someone or something was sneaking up on her, and it was difficult for her to communicate with Virgil. But, they made a great team and were able to save each other and make it out alive.
This led to a beautiful reunion with sisters Connie and Kelly. Interestingly, this scene was shot after Ridloff and Theory had been apart for quite some time, so the reactions you see aren’t acted; they are genuine. They waited for their real reunion to be caught on camera.
This is one of my favorite episodes of The Walking Dead series. Overall, it was full of great moments, and the horror elements made this an outstanding episode.
This episode was full of visual and special effects, and Deiboldt went into great detail via Twitter on the night of the episode. You can read it here: Walking Dead writer Kevin Deiboldt BTS look at On the Inside.