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Outpost 22The Walking Dead : Season 11 Episode 21

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Outpost 22The Walking Dead : Season 11 Episode 21


Warning: spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead season 11, episode 21.The Commonwealth has given Alexandria a sinister renovation - this is what The Walking Dead season 11, episode 21's ending means. The Walking Dead season 11 has mostly ignored Alexandria of late, focusing instead upon the Commonwealth and its imminent downfall. When The Walking Dead viewers last saw the protagonist community, Lance Hornsby had proclaimed Alexandria as Commonwealth territory and raised his flags upon the walls as part of an aggressive invasion of The Walking Dead's Virginia settlements. Lance was then reigned in by an irked Pamela Milton, and viewers were led to believe all was well back home in Alexandria.

Evidently not, as The Walking Dead season 11, episode 21's ending shockingly reveals Alexandria has now become a Commonwealth territory dubbed "Outpost 22." Lance Hornsby cannot be blamed on this occasion either, since Pamela Milton's Commonwealth "fixer" was last seen gurgling blood after Carol shot an arrow through his neck. As such, The Walking Dead season 11's "Outpost 22" ending raises several big questions - some concerning what happened to Alexandria in the past, some concerning what happens next.

The immediate question posed when Alexandria's redesigned gate pulls into view and Yvette Nicole Brown's Commonwealth dispatcher tells Rosita the facility was once home to the prisoners being transported there is exactly when Alexandria became Outpost 22. In The Walking Dead season 11's "Acts of God," Lance Hornsby seized Alexandria by hanging Commonwealth flags outside. By the end of subsequent episode, "Lockdown," Pamela Milton had struck a deal with Carol - Lance takes the fall for Sebastian's crimes, while the Commonwealth relinquishes the invaded communities and helps rebuild them. Aaron's group are then seen packing supplies and heading back to Alexandria. One possibility is that Pamela betrayed Carol here, and ordered her soldiers to make Alexandria a processing outpost.

Another possibility is that the deal Carol made with Pamela Milton was absolutely genuine, but after Eugene killed Sebastian and triggered Commonwealth unrest, Pamela reneged on their agreement and gave the order to seize Alexandria from the folks responsible for her son's death. This is perhaps the more logical explanation, as not only did Pamela have no reason to double-cross Carol, it makes little sense for the Governor to risk her son's crimes being exposed just to claim a community that, to her, is small post-apocalyptic potatoes. Having said that, it is amazing that the Commonwealth turned Alexandria into Outpost 22 so rapidly between The Walking Dead season 11, episode 18 and episode 21.

Alexandria comes as a package deal in The Walking Dead, with Hilltop, Oceanside, and the remnants of Negan's Riverbend all lumped in together. The Walking Dead season 11 has mixed and merged those four communities with the Commonwealth, but viewers can probably assume any survivors who stayed to help rebuild Alexandria (and who survived Lance's takeover) are now either dead, missing, or captured by the Commonwealth. Hilltop's status remains a mystery as The Walking Dead's final episode looms. Maggie's community was all but destroyed by Leah and Lance, and any residents who did return could now be dead, scattered, or imprisoned. It's also possible Pamela would simply ignore Hilltop since it lacks the strength to mount any serious resistance.

Oceanside is the real wildcard for the final episodes of The Walking Dead season 11. The sandy community was overtaken during Lance Hornsby's brief reign of terror, and presumably freed after Pamela intervened. Aaron mentions Cyndie and Rachel shortly before departing the Commonwealth in "A New Deal," so Oceanside was clearly both still standing and still populated when Alexandria turned into Outpost 22. The important question now is whether Pamela Milton assaulted Oceanside as well as Alexandria (Outpost 22b, perhaps?) or whether Oceanside is preparing to help defend its friends.

Another big question coming out of The Walking Dead season 11, episode 21 is whether Aaron's group ever reached Alexandria. The quartet of Aaron, Jerry, Lydia and Elijah began their journey from the Commonwealth in episode 18 (meeting a new zombie variant on the way), but The Walking Dead season 11 is yet to confirm whether they actually arrived. Aaron's group likely either got captured during the Outpost 22 conversion, or arrived outside Alexandria, spotted the Commonwealth Stormtroopers, then beat a hasty retreat. As Rosita's team formulates a plan from outside Alexandria, and Negan's team formulates a plan within, both could feasibly encounter assistance from Aaron's currently-missing group.

According to the Commonwealth dispatcher Rosita speaks with, Outpost 22 is used for "colonial processing." Given the punishments Negan, Ezekiel and Kelly are subjected to in The Walking Dead season 11, episode 21, it seems anyone unlucky enough to be exiled from the Commonwealth gets sentenced to hard labor at sites far away from the main community. Outpost 22 could be somewhere these prisoners are logged, sorted, and divided - perhaps even kept overnight between grueling shifts clearing railway tracks. Through the list of names Connie received, The Walking Dead already proved Commonwealth citizens were disappearing long before the Alexandrians arrived. This detail, combined with the "22" part of "Outpost 22," implies Alexandria is just one of many Commonwealth concentration camps.

"Outpost 22" is the twenty-first episode of the eleventh season of AMC's The Walking Dead. It is the one-hundred and seventy-fourth episode of the series overall. It premiered on October 30, 2022. It was written by Jim Barnes and directed by Tawnia McKiernan.

Carol, Maggie, Gabriel and Rosita lead Wilson into the building where he refuses to help, stating that he's dead if he helps them. Wilson is shocked to see Nelson's dead body and Maggie warns the man that he's dead if he doesn't help them. Wilson explains that his family lives at a nearby outpost and if the Warden finds out that he helped them, Wilson will end up just like their friends. Rosita explains that the Commonwealth took their children and asks about the family that Wilson had mentioned before suggesting that Nelson had a family too. After a moment, Wilson tells them that there's a map in the train's engine room. Maggie and Carol take Wilson to get the map. Daryl returns and reunites with Connie, admitting in sign language that he was afraid that he wasn't going to see her again. Connie reassures Daryl that she's not going anywhere, causing Daryl to chuckle.

The Commonwealth is clearly a massive operation and now we're seeing all these outposts and labor camps. It seems almost impossible the CRM would not be aware of them at all. Are there any connections to the CRM we are going to see in these last few episodes?

Follow @CameronBonomolo and @NewsOfTheDead on Twitter for TWD Universe coverage all season long. New episodes of The Walking Dead's final season premiere Sundays on AMC and AMC+.

Carol is in the bakery hurriedly preparing herself for her evacuation. There, she flirts warmly with Ezekiel (Khary Payton), proving that they still have romantic chemistry seasons after their breakup. He leaves her with some medical supplies and promptly becomes another victim of the goon squad that kidnapped Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) during the last episode. But Carol battles her way to freedom. Managing to find the rendezvous site Daryl set up for them at a warehouse, she arrives just in time to save Daryl from the losing end of a battle with two mercenaries. They quickly realize the only person who can lead them to their friends is Lance Hornsby (Josh Hamilton), who both knows everything about the Commonwealth's inner workings and is in a vulnerable enough position to agree to help them.

Thank you for joining Gary and Nicole for TWD S11 E21 podcast. Finally we have action! This episode didn't disappoint. We find out what Pamela has in store for our group and how twisted the Commonwealth really underneath the glitz and glitter. And the biggest surprise of the season is happening right now at Alexandria! This may have been the best episode of the season. 041b061a72


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