In the latest episode of “The Walking Dead: Dead City,” two major deaths have occurred, which may be a troubling sign for future spinoffs of the popular series. The penultimate episode of the season drastically reduced the number of survivors, leaving only a small group remaining. Among the casualties were Tommaso and Amaia, who were Maggie and Negan’s crucial allies in the fight against the Croat and the rescue of Herschel.
While the spinoffs in “The Walking Dead” universe feature returning characters, they also introduce new casts of characters to interact with them. “Dead City” has followed this pattern by introducing new characters for Maggie and Negan’s story, and the upcoming spinoff featuring Daryl Dixon will likely do the same. It is anticipated that the spinoff focusing on Rick and Michonne will also introduce new characters, providing viewers with fresh faces in the Walking Dead universe.
“Dead City” was ruthless in its treatment of these new characters, as Tommaso and Amaia only existed to serve a specific purpose. Their knowledge of the Croat and Manhattan was essential to the story, but once their usefulness was fulfilled, the show swiftly disposed of them. Unfortunately, their deaths lacked meaningful impact, occurring shortly after it was revealed that Tommaso was a spy. They were unexpectedly bitten by zombies, suggesting that the franchise had no further use for them once the stage was set for Maggie’s confrontation with the Croat.
The fate of Tommaso and Amaia in “Dead City” raises concerns about the future of characters in other spinoffs. Killing off Maggie and Negan’s new group in the penultimate episode sets a precedent that the franchise may prioritize its existing stars over developing new heroes. While this aligns with the premise of the spinoff, as it was meant to revolve around Maggie and Negan, it prevents the expansion of the Walking Dead universe by excluding the potential for new and popular characters.
Despite these concerns, the finale of “Dead City” still holds possibilities for other supporting characters. The Croat could be defeated by Negan, Maggie, or a new mystery villain, while Ginny and Perlie may survive to feature in future episodes. Ginny’s survival is likely due to her potential as a representative of the new generation within the franchise, similar to characters like Judith and Mo from “Fear the Walking Dead.” As for Perlie, his fate remains uncertain, but he could potentially return in a second season of the spinoff or join Negan and Maggie wherever their paths lead them.
In summary, the deaths of Tommaso and Amaia in “The Walking Dead: Dead City” episode 5 raise concerns about the franchise’s willingness to create and preserve new characters. While it aligns with the spinoff’s focus on Maggie and Negan, it limits the growth of the Walking Dead universe. However, the finale still holds possibilities for other characters, and the survival of Ginny and Perlie remains uncertain.