Information on the origin and intentions of the Reapers was provided to us by episode 4 of the final season of “The Walking Dead”, offered exclusively for US + 24 on OCS Choc.
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This week, the final season of The Walking Dead gave us an episode rich in revelations. Isolated and on his own in the forest, Daryl has been trapped by the Reapers, those masked individuals who have been stalking Maggie and her companions since returning to the series at the end of Season 10.
What a surprise for the hero to discover that Leah, his former love discovered earlier this year on the occasion of a special episode, among the members of this new bloodthirsty community! A tense reunion due to the circumstances of their previous separation (Daryl having suddenly left to resume his research of the body of Rick Grimes).
Held prisoner of the Reapers, Daryl attempted to protect his family by denying belonging to a group of survivors. Tortured by his jailers, the latter nevertheless took advantage of his confinement to reconnect with Leah, who had become a devoted believer in the service of a leader named Pope.
After a tense conversation against a backdrop of reproach, Leah tried to plead Daryl’s cause with his allies, pointing out that the latter would be a recruit of choice for the community which has only fifteen members. But the recruitment of a new Reaper requires the setting up of a very particular test: to survive a fire in a barricaded room.
Pope, the new Negan?
After having taken up this first test as best he could, Daryl was then able to meet the famous Pope; Bald and bearded, a sort of substitute for Sean Connery, the leader of the Reapers is a believing man and an extremist determined to convert Daryl. During their exchange, the latter also reveals to have ceased to believe in the existence of god because of the horrors that have taken place before his eyes since the beginning of the series.
As a good guru, Pope seemed at first to make some interesting arguments, enough in any case to arouse Daryl’s interest. But the last scene of the episode has above all made it possible to reveal his true face: unhappy that one of his men has been cowardly, Pope has decided to reassert his authority over his clan by burning him alive.
Methods that are not unlike those of Negan, who had not hesitated, for example, to burn half of Dwight’s face (now in the cast of the spin-off Fear the Walking Dead) at the time he was at the head of the Saviors. We also remember that Daryl was also held prisoner, and severely tortured, by the latter during the eighth season.
Confronted with the horror of a community with members adepts of sadism and extreme violence, Daryl will therefore have to find the right method to annihilate the Reapers, while ensuring that Leah is not the collateral victim of this new conflict. .
The episodes of The Walking Dead season 11 airs every Monday in US + 24 on OCS Choc!