The Walking Dead premiered season 11, part 3, on October 2. This episode picked up soon after events from the midseason finale “Acts of God.” Lance Hornsby (Josh Hamilton) and his Commonwealth army took over Alexandria, Hilltop and Oceanside. Now our survivors must regroup and decide how to proceed as the evil underbelly of the Commonwealth (CW) is being exposed.
The opening credits have been expanded to include more cast members and beautifully animated versions of many iconic TWD locations. Bear McCreary has outdone himself with the variation on the theme song for the final eight episodes.
This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season 11, episode 17, “Lockdown.”
When the episode begins, we hear Judith (Cailey Fleming) talk about how things used to be and how they are now. After a beautiful montage of previous seasons, we see Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) fighting off some walkers in an abandoned building. They are being pursued by Hornsby, who Daryl shot in episode 1116 and Maggie has been opposed to since being introduced to him.
Negan and his wife Annie (Medina Senghore) offered to do whatever they can to help. And, he feels he still has more to prove where our survivors are concerned. The car chase scene was amazing and so much fun to watch. Since no one at the CW has seen him, he was the best to send there to figure out what is going on and ensure their family is safe. His meeting with Mercer (Michael James Shaw) was outstanding. In true Negan form, he didn’t let this leader of the CW army intimidate him.
Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) and Max (Margot Bingham) try to calm the Governor. They both work for the Governor but are also involved in the outing of Sebastian for his crimes with Connie (Lauren Ridloff) and the others. Yumiko meets with Magna (Nadia Hilker) to discuss what has transpired and the possibility that our survivors may need to leave the CW.
While Daryl and Aaron are gone, Carol (Melissa McBride) is taking care of the kids. She is doing sleuthing of her own as she knows that Hornsby has spies in the form of Calhoun (Michael Tourek) and Shira (Chelle Ramos). She quickly avoids a confrontation with them to keep the kids safe. She is genuinely shocked to see Negan at the CW.
She sends Jerry (Cooper Andrews) off with the children to take them to a secret safe space they have created. Carol and Negan proceed to find Sebastian, the governor’s son, who the residents of the CW are demanding justice for his crimes.
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Rosita (Christan Serratos) and Mercer are a dynatimc duo. They are both outstanding at their jobs, and it is an impressive sight when they are teamed up. They both stick to their principles and have strong opinions they keep to themselves. Mercer trusts and respects her, and she feels the same about him. They and other CW soldiers try to control a massive horde of walkers heading to the CW. Showrunners have teased that this is a horde of variant walkers, seen in the trailer.
Maggie, Daryl, Annie, Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) are still trying to kill Hornsby. At one point, Maggie brings up Leah and how it must have been hard for Daryl to kill her as she knows Leah meant something to him. And she apologizes. Daryl tells Maggie, “Glenn (Steven Yeun) would have wanted me to look after you. You don’t ever have to say sorry, not to me” This shows he still feels major guilt about Glenn’s death.
Maggie and the group eventually capture Hornsby. And the show ends!
After the episode during Inside the Episode, showrunner Angela Kang talked about Hornsby underestimating our group. She believes he is used to being the most intelligent person in the room, and he is completely fed up with our group not following his instructions. The Commonwealth is a powerful community full of powerful people who are used to getting what they want and haven’t had a group push back at them.
The following seven episodes will be pretty interesting as things with the CW come to a head.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday, October 9, with episode 18, “A New Deal.”