The Walking Dead: Dead City review: Lauren Cohan delivers in a fantastic series

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee - The Walking Dead: Dead City _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Peter Kramer/AMC
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee - The Walking Dead: Dead City _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Peter Kramer/AMC /

The Walking Dead franchise is adding another series under its belt with The Walking Dead: Dead City. The six-episode series is set to debut on AMC on June 18th. Is the new series worth checking out? Let’s dive in.

The Walking Dead: Dead City follows Maggie and Negan in the post-apocalyptic world of Manhattan, which is cut off from the mainland. The duo must overcome their past as they hunt to find Maggie’s kidnapped son, Hershel. It sees the return of Lauren Cohan as Maggie and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.

The series begins with Maggie lurking around the city, trying to find a way into the city to rescue her son. She finds herself in trouble, and once she gets out of it, we see her stumble across an old foe, Negan. Of course, she mentions their history, which she says he owes her. He is in a bit of a pickle because the Marshalls are after him, and this partnership is something that both of them could use.

Lauren Cohan is just a straight badass and someone you can’t help but love watching, no matter her role. She is perfect as Maggie and continues to thrive in a role that made her who she is today. Of course, she and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are playing these two characters that aren’t the biggest fans of one another, but they deliver some great back-and-forth dialogue, especially in some of the more profound moments of the series. Morgan can do no wrong, and this variation of Negan is still ruthless, but the more emotional moments are fantastic.

Manhattan/New York is hands down one of the most beautiful cities to film in, so to see it decimated in this post-apocalyptic world throughout this series was stunning. I’m in awe of this production team that put these sets together. Also must shout out Ian Hultquist’s incredible work on the score of the series. It truly sets the tone and never lets up.

Another smart thing the series creators did was make this short and sweet. It doesn’t attempt to overstay its welcome by stretching the series out. Instead, it tells the story they wanted to in six episodes, and as a result, you get a perfect tidy season.

Overall, The Walking Dead: Dead City is a well-made addition to the storied franchise. It sees the return of two of the best characters utilized to the best of their abilities. You have kick-ass action, fantastic acting by our two leads, and a story that keeps you invested, not much more you can ask for. I loved this.

The Walking Dead: Dead City debuts on AMC+ on June 15. 

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