With the expansion of Star on Disney+ and the closure of many Fox channels internationally, the latest and final season of “The Walking Dead” is coming to Disney+ in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom as a Star Exclusive from Monday 23rd August.
In the final season, it’s being broken up into three batches of 8 episodes, with the first batch is coming this Fall, while the next two batches will arrive next year.
“The Walking Dead” has been a show that’s alluded me for years. Friends and family have spoken about it, but generally, I’m not much of a horror fan, and so other than watching the pilot episode a few years ago with my wife, (who didn’t enjoy it), I never returned.
Then earlier this year, when Disney announced it was closing the Fox channel in the UK, it was revealed that season 11 would be coming later this summer, and I decided to give the series another bash. Over the past 4 months, I’ve ploughed through 10 seasons of the show. I became hooked and have been binge-watching multiple episodes a day for months. So while I’ve not had as long to wait for season 11 as long as most fans, I’m fully caught up and ready to dive into the final season.
The first two episodes are focused on two storylines. The show kicks off with a fantastic opening scene involving the gang raiding a supply depot to gain supplies. Though upon their return, we discover that supplies are running low, and so a group from the community, including Maggie, Daryl, Neegan, Gabriel and others, head out on a supply run for Alexandra. They end up heading into an underground tube line and are soon surrounded by the Walking Dead.
Both episodes spend a lot of time underground, in dark and enclosed spaces, making you feel claustrophobic and terrified. There is plenty of action and Zombie action, which is a perfect way to kick off the final season. Though the never-ending battle for food, shelter and taking out the endless hordes of Zombies, continues.
While somewhere else, Eugene, Ezekiel, Yumiko and Princess are with a new group, called the Commonwealth, which features armed guards dressed up like Stormtroopers from Star Wars. Everything feels weird during their encounters, and slowly they peel back the layers on who this new community are and why they are putting the four through their paces. After meeting with a variety of different groups over the years like the Whispers, Saviours and Terminus, this group are very different, and it’s refreshing.
After hundreds of episodes, these two episodes feel like they’ve gone right back to the basics, and I think that works well. Lots of running away and fighting zombies, with lots of blood and guts flying around everywhere. While also teasing us with a new group that is acting like nothing we’ve seen so far.
If you love “The Walking Dead”, then the first two episodes feel extremely similar to everything we’ve seen before. There aren’t that many big surprises in these opening two episodes, but that’s not a bad thing. It brings you back into the crazy world and brings you more of the characters you love, but with them likely to be killed at any point. I really enjoyed both episodes and can’t wait to get a brand new episode each week.
Rating 4.5 out of 5
Episode 1 of “The Walking Dead” is coming to Star On Disney+ in the UK on Monday 23rd August, with new episodes dropping weekly.