The Walking Dead Talk Through

Hosted ByBrian Meloche & Kyle McAdams & Laurence Todd

The Walking Dead Talk Through is an episode by episode discussion about all of the TV shows and movies within The Walking Dead Universe, based on the hit shows by AMC. In each episode, we talk about the character arcs and their interactions with other characters, the plot, and action of the episode, and make predictions on what will happen. Our listeners are very important to us, and your feedback is an essential part of this podcast. Hosts Brian Meloche, Kyle McAdams, and Laurence Todd want to thank you for listening!

TWDTT 128 – Out of the Ashes (S11E5)

The Walking Dead Talk Through
The Walking Dead Talk Through
TWDTT 128 - Out of the Ashes (S11E5)

The Commonwealth is not all that it’s cracked up to be and a return to Hilltop is bittersweet.

For episode 128 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Kyle, Brian and LT talk through The Walking Dead Season 11 Episode 5 titled Out of the Ashes. It was written by LaToya Morgan and directed by Greg Nicotero.

Kids, why are they so stupid, Hilltop surprise and Commonwealth of Information.

So, in this episode, we get to see more of the Commonwealth and there are definitely secrets behind the curtain. What, we don’t know, but it’s all very suspect. Eugene gets some help from Stephanie to access the town radio to contact the group, Princess is flirting around with the red stormtrooper, and Yumiko is reconnected with her brother Tomi who has a sweet tooth instead of a scalpel. Again, from the start, we see the propaganda that the Commonwealth is using to either hide its underbelly or keep control of its citizens and all those that seek asylum. Maggie and Negan hit it off again, and by hit it off she throws a knife at his head (well a walker behind him but still). Negan tries to influence Maggie with commonsense about their situation but in the end, her decision won with the return of Father Gabriel and Elijah to the safe house. Aaron, Carol, and more go back to the ruins of Hillside only to find some whispering squatters that start to push Aaron over to the dark side. Like really dark. There was so much pain and anger behind his eyes that I wonder if he’s going to go all Rick Grimes and do whatever it takes, good or bad, to protect the ones around him. And yes, by the end we get some good news about Connie. That was the icing on the cake for this episode. 

We again have great feedback from our listeners and overall I think most enjoyed this episode more than what we have already been given so let’s hope that continues.


00:00:00​ Intro
00:01:46​ Before Episode Discussion
00:14:24 Episode Discussion
00:16:41 Ratings
00:18:13 Awesome Sauce
00:34:42 Weak Sauce
00:48:06​ What Sauce
00:54:33 Sad Sauce
01:01:56 Feedback
01:56:01 News, Ratings and Info
01:59:22 Interact/Support to End

Ratings were down, again.

Ratings for S11E5 Out of the Ashes are up. Out of the Ashes got a 0.51 in the 18-49 demographic, with 1.914 million viewers, up from last episode S11E4 Rendition, which got a 0.46 in the 18-49 demographic and 1.884 million viewers. Talking Dead got a 0.14 in the 18-49 with 657,000 viewers, up in rating but down in the target demo from 0.12 and 700,000 viewers.

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