The Walking Dead, Season 9 DVD
Season 9 of the walking dead premieres on AMC October 7, 2018 and ends March 31, 2019. Frank Darabont’s adaptation is based on Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard’s comic-book series of the same name. Executive producers are Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott m. Gimple, Angela Kang, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, Denise Huth and Gale Anne Hurd, while Kang will take over as producer from Gimple. This season, based on material from comic book series nos. 127-144, focuses on the aftermath of total war. Eighteen months after rick grimes’s (Andrew Lincoln) community-led coalition defeated negan (Jeffrey dean Morgan), this season’s focus is on uniting communities that face obstacles and dangers both inside and outside the league, and the looming threat of a mysterious informant.
Actors: Andrew Lincoln,Jon Bernthal
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, PAL
Region: Region 4 for Australia
Number of discs: 5
DVD Release in: 2019
This season has been a surprisingly successful one for “The Walking Dead,” though it has plenty of narrative stops and starts to accommodate a variety of “new beginnings” (both storylines and The idea of a new producer, Angela Kang) and The departures of its two main characters. When you have a three season time, things were obviously woke up with a start, although the initial jump premiere tried to put some distance between the forward (terrible), frankly, season 7 and 8, Andrew Lincoln left means open season 9 are committed to establish a rick sent off, only to see him turned to leave one or two movies, rather than a catastrophic death audience’s expectations. Then came the whisperers, the market-place people, the heads on the spears, and all the deuce. Now, in a little while, we’ll see the season 9 finale.
What’s most surprising is that this year’s game of CARDS has remained stable despite the drama’s twists and turns. There are, of course, bumps in the road, such as the unnecessary obfuscations of mihun’s newfound isolationism and the absurdity of the ultimate explanation, but through the masterful engineering of alpha and the immense physical threat of beta, the whistleblowers have become a satisfyingly serious threat. “Bounty” and “Chokepoint” have kept the show going with exciting action scenes, and while the shock ending of “the Calm Before” was a big shock, that’s what I think, and there’s no denying the power of the episode’s grim Revelations. In fact, the season’s odd cadence may be a good thing, as the show doesn’t have as much time to go around as usual.
A trace of human nature
That brings us to The final episode of season 9, “The Storm,” which is Calm by last week’s standards, but not surprising given The extent of The killing in “The Calm Before.” The episode’s a-level plotline — the displaced kingdom residents must cross the border of alpha to reach the top of the mountain before being engulfed by a fierce snowstorm — is largely intended to focus attention on the characters who are still mourning their loved ones.
Henry’s death especially tormented Lydia, carol, and Ezekiel. For Lydia, Henry is her only real connection to the new community, and with him gone, Lydia alone bears the scorn of others for the informer’s actions. Carol and Ezekiel have lost a son and now their kingdom, so they are both adrift. Ezekiel hopes to bring Carol closer when they reach the top, but she has other ideas.
Lydia considers suicide throughout the episode, first in an effective, wordless scene in which she finds a zombie chest deep, shaking her bare arm into its teeth, and is interrupted by carol. Later, when carol catches up with her again, Lydia tearfully begs carol to kill her. “Do it for Henry. I’m sorry it’s just you, but I’m too weak. Like my mom said. Carol knows a frightened child, and when she sees one (also a hopeless child), she refuses. These scenes are by far the best of cassady McClenchy’s Lydia, and McBride is as starry as ever.
Carol may wish to spare Lydia, but she could not stay with the king any longer. Their separation was heartbreaking, but it was understandable that Ezekiel had chosen to blame daryl for carol’s guilt over Henry’s death, which was not entirely unreasonable. He refused to take the ring back from carol, telling her he would always love her. I hope these two guys can work this out, but I’m sure Carol/Daryl’s clients won’t agree.
Back in Alexandria, the arc of negan’s redemption continues, with Judith lost in the storm and negan saving her. As Michonne thanks him, he thinks of a common enemy that brings the community together. Michonne prefers to think of it as good people standing against evil, but negan points out that no one thinks they are evil.
A brief introduction to the winter storm scene in this episode, which may be the first time we see snow in this episode. “The walking dead” seems set on a perpetually hot summer, so this is completely unusual. The episode also makes the most of it, with zombies frozen solid or emerging from the snow at the feet of our heroes. Season 9 of the walking dead is way too long, and if the show is going to stay alive in season 10, it’s going to have to keep finding new ways to change that. The good news is that the show has surprises.