In a way, The Walking Dead: Season 2’s “The Last Stand” is a prequel to the first game, in that it sees the undead returning to their homeland of Tyria.
However, unlike Season 1, which saw a group of survivors return to Tyria to help rebuild, Season 2 sees a group that have been trapped for centuries as they attempt to reclaim their land from the undead.
It’s a strange juxtaposition, but the “The Walking Down the Road” episode of Season 2, “Tale of Two Cities,” has plenty to talk about.
“We started writing the story in season one and it was all about survival, about getting food and shelter, but I think we also kind of started to understand that we need a larger structure, we need to do things a little bit differently, and that was a good start,” co-creator and director Neil Druckmann told IGN in an interview.
“I think we just really wanted to get to that place where you could sort of see the world as we see it now.”
Season 2 sees the return of the main characters, the survivors of Season 1 and the survivors who were trapped in Tyria before it was destroyed by the undead, as well as a group led by the leader of the undead known as The Governor, who has his own agendas.
It all ties into the season finale, “The Day of the Gun,” which sees the zombie apocalypse start to get out of control, but The Governor has the survivors locked down in his base.
The Governor is a character that has been a central part of the show since Season 1’s finale, in which he is able to control the infected with a small force of undead.
He also comes across as a ruthless and dangerous figure.
“The Governor had a lot of people who wanted to come back and fight him, but they weren’t able to do it because of the Governor,” Druckman said.
“We knew that there was a lot more going on and we wanted to make sure that everyone knew what was going on.”
Season 1’s ending was also set in the same setting.
While The Governor’s base is located in a building, Tyria is not, and Tyria as a whole is still reeling from the apocalypse, with the residents of Tyrian City being hunted down and destroyed by The Governor.
“It was a really tough time to write the finale because we knew that this was a big place,” Drullmann said.
“[The Governor] really wants to get rid of people.
He doesn’t want any of them left.
We know that he’s got this army, he has this force, and he has a lot in his mind.””
The Day Of The Gun” is the first episode of the third season of The Walking Down The Road, which Druckmans’ first show as the director.
As such, the finale is set in Tyrian and introduces new characters and storylines that tie into the previous episodes.
“This finale is a bit different, it’s a little different story, it doesn’t have a lot to do with what happened in Season 1,” Druckerman said, adding that “The Governor” is not a direct antagonist, but a central character who is constantly looking to take over Tyria and get rid for himself.
“So we want to show a little more of the world, we want a little less of the [survivors] and more of what’s going on in the world.
It takes a little longer, but it’s more interesting, because you get to see a little of the city from their perspective, and we want people to understand, that the Governor has a plan, and it’s about more than just the people in Tyrians’ town.”
The Walking, ” The Last Stand,” and “The Treadmill” are available now on Netflix and Hulu.