The Walking Dead: Dead City – Season 1 (2023)
Written by: Eli Jorné (eps. 1-2, 4, 6); Keith Staskiewicz (ep.3); Brenna Kouf (ep. 5)
Directed by: Loren Yaconelli (eps. 1-2); Kevin Dowling (eps. 3-4); Gandja Monteiro (eps. 5-6)
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Gaius Charles, Mahina Napoleon, Zeljko Ivanek, Logan Kim, Jonathan Higginbotham, Karina Ortiz, Michael Anthony, David Chen and Lisa Emery
Tagline: Keep Your Enemies Close
Maggie’s son, Hershel, has been taken hostage by a sadist known as “The Croat”. The Croat was an enforcer for Negan, when Negan led The Saviors. So Maggie recruits Negan to go with her to Manhattan to rescue Hershel. Negan agrees on the condition that Maggie’s group give Ginny, a young orphaned girl, refuge.
Maggie and Negan head to Manhattan unaware that three Marshalls are tracking Negan who is wanted for murder. Because of their past history, Maggie and Negan’s partnership is uneasy at best. Add in the complications of the Marshalls, New York City full of zombies, dangerous survivalist groups, plus the sadistic Croat with plans of his own… let the fun begin!
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
The Walking Dead: Dead City – Season 1 clocks in with just six episodes, which is a smart move. I think all of the Walking Dead spin-offs should come up with a story to tell and get to it,
I wasn’t too sure about the pairing of Negan and Maggie. Maggie’s hate for Negan should override every reason for her to be around, much less work with him for a common goal. Then the writer’s came up with a plausible reason… to save her son. I liked how Negan put his murdering her husband back on Maggie when he asked her “How many husbands have you killed?” Maggie also got to see how Negan using over-the-top “theatrics” when murdering a person kept a group from attacking them. Well played, writers.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Laura Cohen are two of the most popular Walking Dead characters. They have the star power to carry the series. Zeljko Ivanek plays The Croat with zeal. Gaius Charles as the Marshall is an interesting character that I believe will be come more important in season two. Lisa (Ozark) Emery is a welcome addition to the cast. She was mean in Ozark and now she’s mean and creepy.
Bring on Season 2.
The Walking Dead: Dead City – Season 1 (2023) earns 4 of 5 stars.