Milton’s Paradise Lost

- Will Salmon

UK Disney+ streaming now

US AMC, streaming now

Showrunner Angela Kang

Cast Norman Reedus, Melissa Mcbride, Lauren Cohan, Josh Mcdermitt

EPISODES 11.01-11.24 And so we come to the end of a long and bumpy road. The Walking Dead has been on air for 12 years and 177 episodes. That’s an astonishin­g achievemen­t for any TV show, let alone one that has endured multiple showrunner changes and – let’s be honest – some creative wobbles along the way. Happily, season 11 continues the series’ Angela Kang-driven second wind, delivering some pleasingly full-blooded drama.

The survivors must reckon with the threat posed by the murderous, cult-like Reapers and a smarter, stronger variant of Walker. But their biggest challenge comes in the form of the Commonweal­th and its ruthless governor, Pamela Milton (Laila Robins). The glimpses we get into the workings of this apparent paradise are believably murky (including labour camps and a corrupt justice system), with Milton making for a suitably bureaucrat­ic final villain.

As ever with late-period Walking Dead, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is the most compelling character. The tension between him and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) – the wife of Glenn, whom he murdered, let’s not forget – rumbles beneath the surface of the season. It’s to the show’s credit that, while Negan is sincere in his desire to make amends, the show never forces an unlikely reconcilia­tion. Instead, it lingers on the awkward pain both characters are feeling while being forced to live and work together.

Final episode “Rest In Peace” wraps things up largely satisfacto­rily. There are main character deaths, big explosions, and closure for some of the characters. For a show that has lived so long in the darkness, there’s a genuine catharsis in learning that at least some of these poor bastards get something close to a happy ending.

An alternativ­e ending scene – set many years into the future – was shot but not used. Something for the Blu-ray!

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“I’ll be honest with you, I’m a bit tired now.”

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