SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for tonight’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” as well as the Image Comics series.
It had already been wildly speculated that season seven of “The Walking Dead” would introduce fans to a brand-new community known as Oceanside, and tonight’s episode, “Swear,” confirms it. Like Alexandria, Hilltop Colony and The Sanctuary before it, it comes with its own set of rules and traits, as seen through the eyes of Tara.
Most notably, Oceanside is made up entirely of women, with no outsiders allowed. Ever. This is because the community was founded by people who escaped The Saviors after Negan had every male over 10 years of age killed. To stay safe, they keep themselves hidden in a forest near the beach, protected by a bridge barricaded by a horde of walkers embedded in a sand dune. The seclusion allows (or forces) the Oceansiders to live off the land even more so than other survivors in the post-apocalyptic world. They take shelter among the trees and live primarily off fish.
But the most interesting thing about the AMC series depicting Oceanside is that it does so before the comic. On the page, all we know is that Michonne has spent some time there, and that they cooperate with the other neighboring communities via regular ship visits. But readers have never actually seen the place.
Does that mean, for once, the comic will have to be influenced by the show, and not vice versa? Is this the “Walking Dead” equivalent to “Game of Thrones” showing something before the books? Or will Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard’s comic book series depiction of Oceanside (if it ever happens at all) be completely different from the show’s? Stay tuned for thoughts on this and more in our full recap and review later tonight.
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