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Nick Romano·4 min read
The Walking Dead mid-season finale recap: New world order

The problem with The Walking Deadseason 11's mid-season finale (second mid-season finale? Part B finale? Whatever we're calling it) — and it's a lingering problem in general that, at this point, can't be fixed — is that there are no stakes. This used to be a drama where anything could happen. Main characters could be killed off any time, any place. Cataclysmic events or formidable foes would emerge. Each shift would fundamentally alter the survivors in some way.

It's unclear how the Commonwealth is doing that, if at all. They are kind of like Woodbury, but are more militarized and more privileged in their view of the world. It's as if the Alexandrians are changing the Commonwealth instead of the other way around. But so far it's all playing out rather predictably.

There was a moment in "Acts of God" when it looked like Leah, who was hired by Lance to kill Maggie, might actually do the deed. But then you remember Lauren Cohan is getting her own Walking Deadseries with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and the tension instantly dissolves.

Even if Cohan didn't have that spin-off, however, she wasn't going to be killed. There was a sense that this tussle was just for show. Something happened earlier in The Walking Dead's tenure when suddenly those main characters stopped being killed. Maybe some of the actors got too popular. Maybe after Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, and Cohan (briefly) left, the powers that be decided they couldn't afford to lose anyone else. Who knows what the real reason was? But it affected the storytelling where these moments meant to be filled with tension are just deflated — because, again, there are no stakes. It always ends how you expect it.

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Jace Downs/AMC Commonwealth soldiers on 'The Walking Dead'

Then, sure enough, Leah is shot and killed before she does Maggie in. By whom? By Daryl of all people. Now, here was a moment that felt rather pivotal. Daryl comes across this scene where the woman he loved — and perhaps still does — whose life he helped ruin is now wrestling with someone he considers to be his family. Does he choose his love or does he choose his family?

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