In the midseason finale of The Walking Dead’s extended final season, the Commonwealth had taken over the communities of Alexandria, Hilltop, and Oceanside, leaving our survivors without homes. Many of them had moved to the Commonwealth prior to the takeover, but what will happen to the ones who stayed back in these communities?
Lance Hornsby (Josh Hamilton) is a power-hungry man who can never get ahead where Governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins) is concerned. It seems no matter what he does, it is never good enough for her. In the season finale, we saw he was leading the takeover of the communities, but we have yet to learn if he has done this with or without Milton’s consent or knowledge.
Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and her group took up residence at Hilltop, but it didn’t appear there were many living there as it needed massive repairs. She declined Hornsby’s offer of help, a fact he was not pleased about. On the other hand, Alexandria had several people in residence as it needed repairs but still had many livable homes. Aaron (Ross Marquand) had taken charge of Alexandria and tried his best to play nice with Hornsby and his plan for revitalizing the community.
By the end of the episode, Maggie, Aaron, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Gabe (Seth Gilliam) had all taken up arms against the Commonwealth.
The Walking Dead – Oceanside
Viewers had seen nothing of Oceanside unit the end of part 2 of season 11. They had been absent from the storyline since season 10. Hornsby tried to make them an offer, the same one Aaron took, but they wanted to side with Maggie and wait until she made her decision. When she declined, Oceanside responded in kind.
Hornsby doesn’t seem to be the type of person who gets told no often, and he was none too pleased by his offer being rejected by these communities. He saw an opportunity to be in charge of the three locations, something he could never achieve at the Commonwealth as the Miltons would never share in the leadership.
When the episode was closing, we saw Commonwealth flags and signs up at all three communities, and Hornsby was at Oceanside, watching the residents there being rounded up. He was also seen flipping his treasured coin, an act that showrunner Angela Kang confirmed was to decide the fate of the people living there.
The Walking Dead – Oceanside
Oceanside became an afterthought after that cliffhanging coin toss. Nothing was mentioned of the community until episode 18, “A New Deal,” when Aaron (Ross Marquand), Lydia (Cassady McClincy), Jerry (Cooper Andrews), and Elijah (Oke Eme-Akwari) embark on a journey to that community inform them of the deal with the Commonwealth. In episode 22, “Faith,” they way they encounter Luke (Dan Fogler) and Jules (Alex Sgambati), who haven’t been heard of in ages. This is when they learn that Oceanside has been engaging in an altercation with the Commonwealth for power of the community. Instead of heading that way to help, they head to Alexandria.
And, Oceanside isn’t heard of again.
Showrunner Angela Kang did respond to a tweet asking the fate of Cyndie (Sydney Park) and Rachel (Avianna Mynhier) and the others at Oceanside. Kang stated that a scene was supposed to be filmed at Oceanside but had to be cut. She believes that Cyndie was on a fishing expedition during the skirmish, so she did survive. Rachel was leading the charge against the Commonwealth. Many have translated that into, Oceanside survived and is thriving. (this writer isn’t so positive).
In season 1, episode 2 of Dead City, Oceanside is brought up again. Ginny (Mahina Napoleon) a young girl who Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is caring for after the loss of her father, is said to be from Oceanside. That is all that was said so only time will tell if more will be revealed in this series.