The Commonwealth‘s Lance Hornsby is a person with a plan. A really devious plan. A plan that may very possible show deadly to others. However, above all, it’s a very, very foolish plan, and I’m right here for it.
Whereas The Strolling Lifeless has spent the previous few episodes displaying the numerous, many, ever-expanding cracks within the Commonwealth’s façade of paradise, it was solely the tail finish of final week’s “Rogue Aspect” that hinted Deputy Governor Lance Hornsby (Josh Hamilton) would be the closing season’s primary antagonist. And that is solely as a result of he broke poor Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) coronary heart by pairing him up with a faux Stephanie to extract details about Alexandria—however as he identified, it is info Hornsby used to ship assist and assets to rebuild Alexandria, which is objectively a more-than-fair commerce.
Nonetheless, it is a fairly dick transfer by Hornsby, particularly when it hurts somebody who’s (often) one in every of The Strolling Lifeless‘s extra lovable characters. In tonight’s episode, “The Fortunate Ones,” we study what Hornsby’s diabolical aim is… and he would not care what number of individuals he has to assist to realize it.
The episode begins with Governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins) making a tour of Alexandria, Oceanside, and even the very beginnings of Hilltop 2.0, accompanied by Hornsby, Basic Mercer (Michael James Shaw), Daryl (Norman Reedus), and a gaggle of Commontroopers. The primary cease is Alexandria, which appears nice—nearly the entire destruction from the Whisperer struggle, storms, and zombies has been cleaned up, the windmill is again in motion, and neat rows of crops fill the settlement. Once more, it appears like Eugene’s ache was completely definitely worth the profit it delivered to the colony.
Aaron (Ross Marquand), figuring out how important the Commonwealth’s assist has been and can proceed to be in rebuilding Alexandria, has teamed up with Hornsby to impress Pam in hopes that the colony can be a part of the Commonwealth’s uncomfortably imprecise “Mutual Safety Pact.” Sadly for each him and Hornsby, Pam is not significantly excited by buying the colony, particularly after she learns simply how usually it has been rebuilt through the years, since that additionally signifies what number of occasions it is fallen.
The subsequent cease is Oceanside (which we’ve not seen since season 10), the place Rachel (Avianna Mynhier, similar) tells Pam she’s excited by becoming a member of, however since they’ve at all times partnered with Hilltop, Oceanside will abide by no matter Maggie (Lauren) Cohan) decides. Hornsby is lower than happy on the rebuff, whereas Aaron worries it would have an effect on Alexandria’s burgeoning alliance with the Commonwealth.
The crux of “The Fortunate Ones” comes all the way down to the assembly of Pam and Maggie, who’re extra alike than Maggie would care to confess, at first. After Pamela’s convoy runs into Maggie combating zombies en path to Hilltop, the 2 pair off for a looking journey and bond over their roles as leaders, then the gThe overnor offers her pitch for partnering with the Commonwealth. The long run Pamela needs is a community of protected communities, the place individuals can journey and commerce freely, the place pre-apocalyptic society, know-how, and unity return—a life the place Maggie can drop off her son Hershel for his first day of faculty. It is a highly effective argument, and one which Maggie is clearly enticed by—much more so when the governor proves herself to be not only a bureaucratic politician, however simply as succesful at zombie-killing as Maggie is.
After they return to Hilltop, the colony’s wants versus the Commonwealth’s assistance is so stark as to be mildly ludicrous. Hilltop continues to be principally annihilated after the Whisperers’ assault, and it appears just a few former residents are excited by making an attempt to reserve it—actually lower than the platoon of Commontroopers doing the majority of the reconstruction. It is an ostentatious show of the whole lot the Commonwealth has to supply, not simply to Maggie and her individuals, however the viewers. Hornsby even asks Maggie, with a very straight face, “It’s okay if we hand out provides?” The Commonwealth couldn’t look extra benign and munificent if it tried (as a result of it’s already making an attempt very arduous). Truthfully, it is no surprise Maggie’s right-hand lady Dianne (Kerry Cahill) decides to go away. “It is more durable than it has ever been and it would not must be,” she tells Maggie. She’s proper.
Should you’ve lived by the Wolves, the Saviors, the Whisperers, and one million or so zombies, you’d suppose shifting to the protection of the Commonwealth have to be no resolution in any respect. However Maggie nonetheless resists, for 2 causes. First, she’s not thrilled that the Commonwealth is an autocracy dominated by Pamela, which occurs to additionally give her the best lifetime of luxurious the post-apocalypse has to supply. When Pam counters that Maggie has equal energy over her individuals, Maggie retorts she’d moderately these individuals acknowledge her authority by her deeds, not ostentatious shows of wealth.
The second cause is extra necessary, if apparent. Maggie would not belief the Commonwealth, and particularly not their provide of free support. Maggie’s been a deeply distrustful individual ever since Meridian was assaulted by the Reapers, however you do not have to be that jaded to surprise what the Commonwealth is getting out of serving to Hilltop and Alexandria. That is the world of The Strolling Lifelessin any case, and so they’re clearly not doing this out of the goodness of their collective hearts.
Maggie bluntly asks Hornsby the identical query, and he instantly dodges it by declaring how unhealthy off Hilltop is. When she calls him on it, he replies one thing imprecise about creating a greater world for everyone (resulting in the aforementioned “Hershel goes to varsity” pitch)… which is not actually a solution both, however the dialog will get interrupted by a zombie assault . The Hilltoppers use their hand-to-hand weapons, struggling as traditional, however then the Commontroopers march over with their assault rifles and mow down the zombies straight away. It is simply one other oh-so-obvious signal of all the advantages becoming a member of the Commonwealth would convey.
However Maggie’s nonetheless not going to signal away Hilltop’s potential freedom for an unknown value, no matter how a lot assist it may convey. “Every thing prices one thing,” she says, echoing a line Pam says earlier within the episode. the governor principally shrugs and prepares to move residence, however Hornsby runs after her, claiming he can persuade Maggie finally. Pam wryly however totally accuses him of making an attempt to convey Hilltop and the opposite two colonies into the fold in order that he might be appointed to run them. Sure, Hornby needs energy,
That is completely hilarious to me. It is simply… nonsense, Say he does get management of Hilltop, Alexandria, and Oceanside. How a lot “energy” does this give him? What may he presumably do with all of the “mighty” assets of those three busted settlements who presently have nearly no assets besides those the Commonwealth is presently giving them? What does that degree of authority within the zombie apocalypse even imply, aside from the flexibility to throw lavish, decadent dinner events, As a result of that is just about all Pam’s acquired occurring for her.
And Hornsby is working so arduous for this! He has a secret particular ops group within the Commonwealth, whose solely identified achievement is seducing Eugene. As Mercer says to Daryl, Daryl did not put on his Commontrooper armor to go to the colonies due to the optics. Hornsby is making an attempt to finesse the hell out of a state of affairs that does not appear to warrant any of it. He is making an attempt to play three-dimensional chess when nobody else even owns a full set of checkers. I am fairly optimistic he is instantly or not directly behind the Commonwealth’s fomenting revolution, when each different villain in The Strolling Lifeless would simply shoot Pam and seize the governor’s workplace. My dude, you’ve gotten the flexibility to repair Alexandria’s windmill; it could not matter much less what Daryl’s carrying.
Truthfully, Hornby’s scheming is so overelaborate he could have a deeper aim in thoughts, as a result of he additionally will get a delightfully unnerving scene to finish the episode. After assembly with the governor, who tells him she’ll solely settle for the three colonies as a bundle deal (for some cause), Hornsby marches straight into the woods, fires his gun within the air to draw zombies, after which methodically picks them off with headshots. It is not the weirdest strategy to blow off some steam within the zombie apocalypse—actually, a number of characters have tried to exorcize their demons by decimating the undead—however Hornsby managed to make it extra-creepy. When Aaron involves examine inHornsby lies, says Pamela nonetheless needs to accomplice with Alexandriaand so they’ll be bringing even extra individuals in, all whereas a zombie shuffles towards him. “We will remake the world,” he says, a manic gleam in his eyes, proper earlier than he whips round and shoots the zombie, point-blank, within the face, in order that the episode’s closing picture is of Hornsby pointing his gun instantly into the digital camera.
It is a pure supervillain second, and after 10-and-a-third seasons of varied lunatics because the unhealthy guys, I could not be happier that The Strolling Lifeless is ending the sequence with a really totally different type of battle led by a really distinctive sort of lunatic. I am certain Hornsby will finally do one thing so reprehensible the present stops being enjoyable once more, however till then, he has my vote.
- I’ve little or no to say concerning the Eugene and Max (Margo Bingham) state of affairs, aside from 1) Josh McDermitt killed it this episode, and a pair of) it is extraordinarily bizarre. Max randomly sees Eugene within the Commonwealth, with one other lady calling herself Stephanie, and would not say something, And after Eugene will get fairly fairly upset on the revelation that the “actual” Stephanie additionally wasn’t actual, she needs him to apologize for being impolite to her? Lower him some slack! I’ll like it if Hornsby is behind this, too.
- Ezekiel (Khary Payton) learns he is been moved to the entrance of the surgical procedure ready listing. Eugene is conflicted about being moved to the entrance of the surgical procedure ready listing. Eugene has the surgical procedure anyway. The tip.
- The zombie that managed to sneak into Alexandria and the zombies that attacked Hilltop appear a bit handy, did not they?
- I like that Pam knew Deanna (the at all times fantastic Tovah Feldshuh), the ex-Congresswoman who led Alexandria method again earlier than she was killed in season six, It is a good callback.
- Hornsby tells Maggie how his dad gave him a golden coin that Hornsby later found was simply gold-plated and principally worthless. Delicate, TWD, Actual refined.
- Weren’t Rick, Ezekiel, and even Maggie herself the autocrats of their respective colonies? They had been (principally) benign, however in the long run they nonetheless made nearly all the choices. Talk about. Present your work.
- Max asks Eugene the arduous query about his guide: “Was a sepulcher concerned? Eugene: “After all there was.”
- Nicely, not less than Pam is aware of her son fucking sucks,
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