During the most recent episode of The Walking Dead, “What’s Been Lost,” a lot went down. Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) took a stand against the Commonwealth, Lance Hornsby (Josh Hamilton) met his maker, and viewers were treated to more Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) action.
Only four episodes remain of The Walking Dead series, three if you watch via AMC+. This is a sobering thought as reality slaps us in the face with the fact that this is the end. Episodes featured in season 11, part 3, have been action-packed, full of nostalgia, emotions, and death.
In a shocking move, Yumiko went against Governor Pamela Milton’s wishes (Laila Robins) and announced that she would be defending Eugene (Josh McDermitt). Milton, who wants Eugene’s head for the death of her son Sebastian (Teo Rapp-Olsson), ordered Yumiko to read a speech announcing her intentions to prosecute Eugene. After some soul searching and heart-to-heart talks, she went rogue and will now defend Eugene, despite the threats against her brother Tomi (Ian Anthony Dale) and her friends.
On the heels of Sebastian’s death came another surprise death. Deputy Governor Lance Hornsby accompanied Carol and Daryl in their search for their family members, who were forcibly escorted out of the Commonwealth to an unknown location. Viewers knew this character would likely die before the end, but it was surprising to see it so soon.
The Walking Dead – Carol Peletier and Daryl Dixon
This week Ezekiel (Khary Payton) pays Carol a visit offering supplies for the planned exodus from the Commonwealth. Ezekiel had opted to stay, feeling he needed to help the people there. Carol begins to thank him, and suddenly he is gone. Two thugs enter the bakery in an attempt to apprehend Carol.
We soon learn that the kids and everyone, save Carol and Daryl, has been taken away. Viewers also learn that Dog is alive and he has also been removed. Daryl believes they need to talk with Mercer but Carol, thinking he will turn them in, thinks of someone who knows “all the dark shit that goes on here,” referring to Hornsby.
They go to the prison where Hornsby’s being held and find a broken man. He had been locked up with a reanimated Sebastian and the corpse of his henchman Calhoun (Michael Tourek). When they arrived, Sebastian’s walker, still chained to the wall, was rolling around in the remains of Calhoun, which wasn’t a pretty site.
After a quick round of good cop/bad cop with Hornsby, they escape the prison, and Daryl is separated from them. During this time, Hornsby tries to sway Carol to his side. She listens to him, as he won’t shut up, but Carol fans know she isn’t buying anything he is selling.
Just when it appears Commonwealth soldiers will kill Carol, Daryl comes to the rescue. Then we see this duo in action as they team up against Hornsby, who continues to compliment them, believing that Carol is coming to his side.
Carol and Daryl shined throughout the episode as they maneuvered anything in their way. But, the episode’s final moments remind fans how dynamic they are together. What seems to be simple questions of Hornsby was their way of getting what they needed from him, knowing he would then be disposable.
Hornsby has done terrible things to our survivor’s communities and Commonwealth residents. Carol and Daryl weren’t going to forgive and forget where he was concerned. It was a fantastic scene as the duo didn’t need words to know what the other was thinking as they continued to quiz Hornsby about the plan; when he revealed where their family members would be taken and the news about the train, he was no longer needed.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC this Sunday, October 30.