The Walking Dead premiered in episode 17, which is the beginning of the final segment of episodes for the series. The eleventh and final season of the series was broken up into three parts, the third of which premiered on AMC on October 2. The episode hit the ground running with action, new plans, and unrest in the Commonwealth.
The episode is titled “Lockdown” for the plan that the Commonwealth used to keep its citizens inside the walls as a massive horde of walkers heads toward the community. Governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins) finds herself in hot water as the crimes of her son Sebastian (Teo Rapp-Olsson) have been revealed to the residents. They are holding protests, demanding justice, and the parents of April (Wynn Everett) believe Sebastian killed their daughter.
During this episode, the Commonwealth deals with two significant problems, the protesters and a horde of walkers descending on the community.
The Walking Dead – Lockdown
Soon after, the protesters confront Milton, and she sees and hears all the things people are saying and radios to an unknown person, “B14. Do it right away.” The music during this scene is rather ominous, making viewers feel this is something vital.
Immediately following this, it is announced that the community is on lockdown, informing everyone to remain inside until further notice. This appears to be a way to control the protesters. But, when this information is conveyed to the protesters, it is said that the lockdown is being enforced because of a swarm detected five miles outside the community’s walls.
This has led many viewers to believe that B14 is much worse than a lockdown, but it is the Commonwealth’s scare tactic where they lure walkers towards the community to keep the residents in line.
If that is the case, Milton is much worse than we feared. To not only lure walkers but send out Commonwealth troops to be killed while trying to take down the threat that she created. This shows how self-serving she is, as she will go to any lengths to ensure her position. She is risking the lives of her military and the population of 50,000 people.
When I first watched the episode, I thought that perhaps the walker noises heard in the evening when Henderson (Freddy Boyd) was trying to get the protesters to obey the lockdown were recorded, again, as a scare tactic.
What do you think? Is B14 something worse than just a lockdown?
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday, October 9.