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Friday, November 18, 2022

[Episode 203] Season 11, Episodes 17 & 18 of The Walking Dead, "Lockdown" & "A New Deal" + The LAST WORD from Teo Rapp-Olsson!

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Originally Recorded: 2022/10/06
We packed a LOT of goodness in a little over two hours! First, we smuggled-in the last word from Teo Rapp-Olsson (saying bye-bye Lil' Sebastian Milton) in the beginning. Second, we do our absolute best to breakdown the first two episodes of The Walking Dead's 3rd trimester of Season 11. We are clearly happy to be back to breaking down episodes of The Walking Dead, but feeling its finality hastily approaching.
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  •  Before we dive into our breakdown of these two episodes, please check out our latest Dave Reacts for 11x18 here!
  • The Last Word With Teo Rapp-Olsson

  • The biggest of shoutouts to the one and only Teo Rapp-Olsson for both his support and friendship! In case you missed it, Teo shouted us out, not once, but TWICE on the official Instagram page for The Walking Dead (@amcthewalkingdead).
  • Dave also recently interviewed Teo and got his reaction to Living With The Walking Dead at Museum of the Moving Image.
  • Is Sebastian Milton truly that bad?
    How The Walking Dead is Setting Up its Own King Joffrey | Den of Geek
  • If Maxxine (Max) Mercer and Eugene Porter did not press play on that recording, what would a future for Sebastian look like?
    THE WALKING DEAD Season 11 Episode 18 Photos A New Deal | Seat42F
  • Is The Commonwealth worth fighting for at this point?
    The Walking Dead Commonwealth set is built where the Sanctuary used to be |  EW.com
  • In a callback to a conversation between John Dorie and Virginia in Fear the Walking Dead's 6th Season, Rachael asks whether the people of The Commonwealth are truly safe or are they made to feel safe?
    Fear The Walking Dead': Which Way Is Up? (RECAP)
  • Was Sebastian Milton killed off too soon?
    Why That Major 'Walking Dead' Twist Matters for the Show's Ending
  • Teo brings up specific examples where the show deviated from the comic book: killing off Sophia Peletier in season 2, having Carol Peletier survive past the prison arc, and how they modified Glenn Rhee's death by including the death of Abraham Ford.
    The Walking Dead looking back at the barn scene with Madison LintzThe Walking Dead: Is Carol fulfilling her comic book role?The Walking Dead: Steven Yeun explains Glenn's final words | EW.com
  • Teo encourages fans of the show to check out the graphic novels!
    The Walking Dead Comic: Best Moments | Den of Geek
  • Rachael asks the question we have all been wondering: Who would Sebastian have killed in place of Rick Grimes in the television adaptation? He says he believes it would have been Aaron or Ezekiel Sutton.
    Does Aaron die in The Walking Dead?The Commonwealth Can Save King Ezekiel on The Walking Dead
  • Aidan's Aside: I thought Sebastian may have killed Connie due to her investigation and publishing of the article that exposed his family.
    Walking Dead: Why Governor Milton suspects Connie
  • Teo believes if Max had hadn't pushed the button, Sebastian probably would have thanked her for the advice she gave him the night before (or whatever thanking someone looks like for Sebastian).
    the Walking Dead': Cast Reacts to Sebastian Twist
  • Could Sebastian have been a better leader than his mother, Pamela Milton given the opportunity?
  • Teo reveals that there isn't an official backstory for Sebastian's brother: he and Laila Robins (AKA Pamela Milton) came up with this to further fill out a backstory for their family.
    the Walking Dead': Cast Reacts to Sebastian Twist
  • On out SQUAWKING DEAD Discord, Sherrandy asks what Teo learned from taking on the role of Sebastian Milton. He says he learned to trust his gut.
    the Walking Dead': Sebastian Twist Surprises Comic Readers
  • Teo watched one of the Austin Powers films while he was getting ready for his death scene in the makeup trailer.
    Mike Myers on Austin Powers' Fat Bastard, Mini-Me, Dr. Evil | EW.com
  • Teo compares working on a television show to team sports, where everyone has to pull their weight and do their part to achieve the desired outcome.
    10 details you may have missed on Sunday's 'The Walking Dead'
  • He then points out how rare Sebastian's death is in the TWDU: there are so many people around, yet no one tries to help.
    the Walking Dead': Sebastian Twist Surprises Comic Readers
  • Teo likes to think he would help save someone in a similar situation as Sebastian, but definitely running away if there are witches involved.
    Ryan Murphy Says Coven Will Return to American Horror Story
  • The Loss of Leah Shaw

    • Aidan asks, via video message, if our hosts were satisfied with how they handled the mentioning of Leah Shaw in this episode during Daryl Dixon's conversation with Maggie Rhee about their deceased significant others. Did it give you more closure on the situation?
      TWD: A Heartbreaking Scene Was Norman Reedus' Idea
    • Will they ever mention Leah again?
      The Walking Dead: Maggie Rhee and Leah Shaw fight to the death during  midseason finale of AMC series | Daily Mail Online
    • Bridget mentions that Daryl has already had to mourn Leah a few times, after the events of 10x18 and the events of 11x09.
      The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus pays emotional farewell to series on final  day | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV | Express.co.ukthe Walking Dead': Lynn Collins Is 'Scared' of What Leah May Do Next
    • Aidan's Aside: Bridget theorizes that Daryl will have an emotional reaction later in the season where he realizes that he must move on from his guilt of what happened with Glenn Rhee. This immediately reminded me of the Season 2 finale, after Rick killed Shane Walsh, "I killed my best friend for you people for Christ's sake."
      Could Daryl have a similar moment where having to kill Leah catches up with him, emotionally?
      THE WALKING DEAD Season 2 Finale Recap
    • What do you think about Dave's theory that Daryl's anger towards Lance Hornsby was partially due to him weaponizing Leah?
      The Walking Dead Season 11 Review - 3 Downs & 5 Ups From "A New Deal"
    • Dave then compares Daryl's arc to Michael Mercer's. They are both incredibly frustrated that they felt the future could have been brighter without Lance meddling in it.
      The Walking Dead S11E12 Scene: Mercer's Advice Could Save Daryl's Life
    • Sherrandy says Daryl is using Glenn's death to shield himself from feeling emotion.
    • Do you blame Daryl for the death of Glenn Rhee?
      Glenn Will Haunt Daryl In The Walking Dead Season 8
    • Did the announcement of The Walking Dead: Dead City (previously Isle of the Dead) ruin the tension during Leah's fight with Maggie (knowing that Maggie would survive the encounter)?
      The Walking Dead' Reveals'Dead City' Spinoff First Look At NY Comic-Con –  Deadline
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    Obligations and Opportunities

    • What are your thoughts on the changes to the title sequence (music & visuals)?Watch: The Walking Dead Debuts New Opening Credits for Final Episodes
    • Aidan's Aside: Sherrandy mentions that the title sequence had more credits: They added all the series regulars, save for Margot Bingham. Why do you think they left her out?
      Who is Max on The Walking Dead series played by Margot Bingham?
    • Sherrandy asks how these characters are traveling to these communities so quickly. It reminds her of the fast-travel that occurred during the final season of Game of Thrones.
      Emilia Clarke Is Already Saying “Goodbye” to Game of Thrones | Vanity Fair
    • What happened to The Oceanside after Lance flipped that coin  at the end of the 2nd trimester of Season 11?
      The Walking Dead showrunner shares season 11 midseason finale insight |  EW.com
    • What is happening during all of these time skips?
      VIDEO] 'The Walking Dead' Season 11C Premiere Date and Trailer | TVLine
    • Bridget points out that they specifically mention Cyndie who we have been asking about for some time on this podcast.
      The Walking Dead Showrunners Drops Oceanside Return Intel
    • Will Judith Grimes ever be able to have the safe life that she desires?
      The Walking Dead: Judith Grimes takes a stand
    • Dave compares Judith's personal obligation to build a better world to similar obligations expected of Sebastian Milton (and the difference between the two).
      The Walking Dead's Sebastian Milton Would Have Liked to Take Out Rick  Grimes | Den of Geek
    • He then mentions how Judith has a secluded spot to be alone, just like Daryl once did.
      The Walking Dead: Find Me - fans react on social media
    • Is Sebastian a victim of circumstance?
      The Walking Dead: Sebastian Milton actor would like to see his character  kill Rick Grimes
    • Is Pamela more worried about her image as a parent rather than the actual responsibilities becoming of a parent?
      Laila Robins Interview: Pamela Milton on The Walking Dead
    • Does Pamela truly believe in what she is doing or is her only desire to live a comfortable lifestyle?
      Who plays Pamela Milton on The Walking Dead?
    • In what was is/isn't The Commonwealth representative of the world we live in, currently?The Walking Dead' Heads to the Commonwealth — Here's What the Cast Has to  Say
    • Is our group truly doing the right thing by shaking things up at the Commonwealth? Despite their best intentions, will they doom the residents of The Commonwealth as a result?
      A Look at The Walking Dead- Season 11, Episode 16: “Acts of God” | What  Else is on Now?
    • Will Annie Smith survive the series?
      The Walking Dead's New Star Medina Senghore on Joining as Negan's Wife

    Here Lies Sebastian Milton

    • Are you happy that the show is going a different route with Sebastian's comic storyline?
      What Happens to Sebastian Milton in The Walking Dead Comics?
    • Bridget cites a quote from The Boondocks Saints, starring Norman Reedus (AKA Daryl Dixon), "Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another type of evil we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men."
      More Boston Irish Catholic Vigilante Action - The New York Times
    • Rachael wanted to make sure we mentioned the Freddy Krueger walker!
      The Walking Dead: Greg Nicotero's Freddy Krueger walker
    • Who is, err was, a bigger threat to the Commonwealth? Lance or Sebastian?
      the Walking Dead': Cast Reacts to Sebastian Twist
    • Is turning a moral leaf a death sentence in this franchise?
      The Walking Dead's' Merle Returns — But is He Friend or Foe? – The  Hollywood Reporter
    • What does it say about Rosita Espinosa that she feels more comfortable taking out flesh-eating monsters than she does dealing with the politics and people of The Commonwealth?
      The Walking Dead 11x17 Mercer & Rosita Fend Off Walkers Ending Scene Season  11 Episode 17 [HD] - YouTube
    • The cinematography and effects were phenomenal in this episode. Dave specifically notes the head of The Commonwealth soldier early in the episode and the shot of the church where Gabriel Stokes practices his final sermon before Rosita walks in with Coco.
    • Dave mentions the significance of both Galatians 5:22-26, discussing The Fruit of the Spirit, and Deuteronomy 31:5-6, the census taking of the tribes of Israel. Dave was upset at Max's actions and says that she hasn't accepted the fruit of the spirit. The significance of Father Gabriel Stokes' words from Devarim, "You shall do to them according to the whole commandment that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them for it is the Lord your God who goes with you ... he will not leave you or forsake you," is that this was around the time where all the tribes were gathering to take the census. When they are assembled in unity, under God's commandment, there is peace amongst them. The only true king of Israel is God and his words, which could be a commentary on the renouncement of false Gods like Pamela Milton.
    • Does Pamela feel that SHE is The Commonwealth?
      Who is The Walking Dead actress Laila Robins that plays Pamela Milton?
    • Who will pay for the death of Sebastian Milton?
      The Walking Dead' Cast Teases Going Up Against the Commonwealth in 11C
    • Who are these allies that Lance refers to? It would be weird to introduce a line like that so late if it doesn't mean anything. Could this be a way to bring Warrant Officer Anne "Jadis" Stokes into the story? Could it have anything to do with Primrose?
      Should 'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' Have Gotten a Third Season?
    • Special shout-out to Teo Rapp-Olsson again for joining us and for his amazing work as Sebastian Milton on this series. You will be missed!
      Who Is Teo Rapp Olsson From The Walking Dead? Sebastian Character Growth,  Wikipedia

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