'all of us are dead' episode 11 recap: bombs away

     
It’s getting bleaker. That’s the unmistakable trajectory All of Us Are Dead is taking in its final episodes, at least from where I’m sitting. There’s every possibility, of course, that the finale will take things in a more optimistic direction—but the casualties that began piling up in the previous episode have only mounted, & the thành phố that surrounds them has been destroyed. It’s hard not lớn think that the show may well live up khổng lồ its ominous title.

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Things get off to a bad start almost immediately, when only a few scant minutes after reuniting with his daughter On-jo, So-ju sacrifices himself lớn save the children he’d just rescued from the zombie hordes. Lớn reinforce just how completely the zombie transformation eliminates the humanity from the people it infects, the episode shows the zombiefied So-ju brushing right past Cheong-san’s equally zombiefied mother—lifelong neighbors, each now incapable even of noticing that the other exists.

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The kids wind up stranded on scaffolding at a nearby construction site, và they’re grim about their prospects for the future. Wu-jin wonders if surviving can even be called living, given all the friends & family they’ve lost already. On-jo insists that no one else should sacrifice themselves; she và Cheong-san promise khổng lồ talk tomorrow, or next week, or whenever they’re clean and fed và safe once again.

But thanks to lớn Gwi-nam, that won’t be anytime soon. The unstoppable bully tracks them khổng lồ their hiding place & a fight ensues, in which Cheong-san gets bit. After pushing Gwi-nam down to the ground below, he kisses On-jo goodbye, then sacrifices himself—after screaming to lớn the heavens that he’s the happiest kid in the school—to lure the zombies down a shaft và away from the rest of the kids, who manage to escape to lớn the nearby mountainside.

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None of this stops Gwi-nam, the Energizer Bunny of half-zombies. After first killing the archer Min-jae, who turns into a full zombie, Gwi-nam tracks Cheong-san down again and, finally, pokes out his eye. Promises made, promises kept.

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This gruesome display—long teased by the show and finally delivered in true horror fashion—does not mean that Gwi-nam is victorious. On the contrary, Cheong-san grabs the bully & ensures they both get consumed by the bomb blast that follows. The commander of Hyosan’s martial law has given the order to lớn lure zombies to lớn four locations using drones broadcasting high-volume noise, then blast them all into kingdom come. Hyosan High is one of the targets, & the fireball that destroys it kills Gwi-nam và Cheong-san, our hero, as well.

In the end, the commander can’t bear the responsibility for the innocent lives he’s just ended. (Unlike Mr. Lee, who found himself unable lớn burn his infected child and wife to death, the commander is a soldier, and went through with it despite his reservations.) After first telling Assemblywoman Park khổng lồ address the survivors in the quarantine camp, then recording a mea culpa, then speaking with his wife on the phone, he shoots himself to lớn death. It’s a development that’s easy to lớn see coming if you have any familiarity whatsoever with apocalyptic horror—not for the first time am I reminded of The Stand—but regardless, it’s another sad note the show has chosen khổng lồ play as it arrives at its final destination.

There’s only one episode of All of Us Are Dead remaining now, & as always, it’s entirely possible the show will collapse at the one-yard line. But the apparent killing of Cheong-san—or at the very least his transformation into a half-zombie lượt thích Gwi-nam, Nam-ra, & Eun-ji, currently being held as a guinea pig by the military—indicates that this is a show that isn’t pulling its punches. This may not be what an audience primed for chills, thrills, laughs, and action galore is looking for. But as the parade of familiar faces led to their deaths by the drones indicates—we see the zombie versions of Gyeong-su, So-ju, Min-jae, Na-yeon, Cheong-san’s mother, Joon-yeong, & probably others I missed—no one here gets out unscathed.

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Sean T. Collins (
theseantcollins) writes about TV for Rolling Stone, Vulture, The new york Times, and anyplace that will have him, really. He and his family live on Long Island.


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