“You have that feeling of being in Woodbury, that feeling that you had at the beginning when you disembarked in Alexandria …”
We are finally in. The Commonwealth opened in season 11 of The Walking Dead, during episode 5. And the least we can say is that the change of atmosphere is spectacular! Here is a true modern and civilized city, installed in the heart of the Apocalypse.
“The seat of government and operations is modeled after an old vintage railway station”, recount Angela Kang in EW. “It’s part of this idea that we feel good in this kind of city. A city where there is a Grande Rue, with all that that entails, an atmosphere of life and shops. I think it’s very faithful to what the comic does while having a very specific interpretation for our series “, analyzes the showrunner after this episode 5.
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She specifies that it was necessary “many months to build this during the pandemic, so everyone’s been working incredibly hard. You build a city, a lot of facades, but not only (…) We want it to look like a normal world. You have a bit of that feeling of being in Woodbury, that feeling that you had at the beginning when you disembarked in Alexandria. But this time it’s the top step. We’re talking about a place where people can shop, go to work, get dressed. There are lawyers and doctors and all these things that we’ve never had on this scale. So, for our characters, it’s a surreal experience. They just didn’t think a place like this could still exist. They never imagined that a real city could be up and running and be so successful. “
That being said, beneath its appearance of a radiant city, the Commonwealth hides a few disturbing quirks: “The Commonwealth runs on a cash economy and you are in debt“, continues Kang. By the way, Stephanie tells Eugene:”No, there is nothing free here. If the city does something for you, you’re going to have to pay it back somehow. Whether it’s massive or minor consequences or whatever, it’s just that it’s not a place where people are doing you a favor to be nice … “
But at the same time, it’s a place that ensures the survival of humanity … Season 11 of Walking dead will continue on Sunday evening on AMC and in France on OCS in US + 24.