The Walking Dead has had its ups and downs over the past few years but the most recent episode was one of their best in years. Ironically, they took a page from iconic director Quentin Tarantino for Episode 10’s “The Lost and the Plunderers.”
First, they decided to run with the idea to split up the episode into different character stories. After fan outrage from single character episodes like the one with Heath and Tara, the writers are now trying to include more characters per show.
Mainly, they’re trying to include Rick and Daryl every episode. But like writer-director Quentin Tarantino, they also decided to label the different parts.
Crafting A Story Like Quentin Tarantino
In Season 8, Episode 10, the show was split up into different sections. The episode began with Michonne, then moved on to Negan, Enid, Simon, Jadis, and Rick. At first, these named seemed like people Carl had written letters for, but it’s unlikely he would write to Simon and Jadis.
Similarly, Quentin Tarantino always breaks up his films into different chapters and sometimes he even presents them out of order. This allows for him to balance the action with the storyline, specifically in the Kill Bill films.
Tarantino has been doing this since the very beginning, notably in his movies like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown.
Making The Decision To Kill Off A Group
In addition to the chapter titles, The Walking Dead also used Tarantino’s mindset when killing off an entire group of survivors. In the latest episode (and in epic fashion), Simon’s Saviors killed off the Heapsters. Then, Jadis had to kill her own when they reanimated as walkers.
Tarantino has never made a zombie movie, but films like Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained have their own enemies. Hateful slave owners and Nazi war criminals are two groups that can die with no remorse. This is also true for the Saviors, which is why we pull for Rick and company.
In the end, it was surprising to see the series take out a full group. But it is interesting how they split up the stories. Hopefully, we’ll know more details in the near future. Or else, this could just be a way to balance the non-linear storyline.
What did you think about this latest episode of The Walking Dead?