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The Walking Dead Reveals What Happened to Oceanside

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The following contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 11, Episode 22, “Faith,” which debuted Sunday, Nov. 6 on AMC.

The Walking Dead Season 11, Episode 22, “Faith” affirms that there are four communities left standing: the Commonwealth, Alexandria, Hilltop and the cruelly forgotten Oceanside. It’s been confirmed that Alexandria and Hilltop were taken over by the Commonwealth as outposts, but nothing has been heard of Oceanside. Finally, “Faith” provides the long-awaited answer to the fate of Oceanside, but it’s revealed in the poorest way possible.

Since its debut in Season 7, Episode 6, “Swear,” Oceanside has been on a rough journey on The Walking Dead. Initially introduced as a community of mainly women after their male members were executed by the Saviors, the community by the sea is one of the most secretive groups on the show — even on the CRM’s level. Their secretive nature seems to be an odd creative choice by the writers, who are tight-lipped on mentioning the community, even failing to follow up on the status of its members since the Commonwealth’s Lance Hornsby ominously visited Oceanside.

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What Really Happened at Oceanside

After being notably absent for two episodes, Aaron’s group is finally back in action in “Faith.” Aaron, Jerry, Lydia, and Elijah are still reeling from the discovery of the new variant of walkers when they come across Luke and Jules. Luke’s lack of screen time has also been an enigma, but actor Dan Fogler has been busy with other projects since joining The Walking Dead. The last time Luke and Jules were seen was in Oceanside, but not even during the cliffhanger where Lance flips a coin to determine the community’s fate. Luke and Jules explain they were out scouting while Lance was at Oceanside, and returned to find that the Commonwealth took over.

But no one from Oceanside has been seen since that cliffhanger. The biggest names from Oceanside are Rachel and Cyndie, the former having taken over as leader since Cyndie mysteriously disappeared from the series without any mention or explanation — yet another reason why Oceanside has become the least important community of the series. The Walking Dead doesn’t give a straight answer about what exactly happened to the members of Oceanside, but TV rules say if it wasn’t seen on screen, then it didn’t occur. There’s a very likely chance that most people from Oceanside escaped from Lance’s brutal assassination attempt and are on the run.

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Oceanside’s Fate Doesn’t Matter to The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead took way too long to get a simple answer for a community that has no real lasting impact on the show’s main conflict. Sure, Oceanside always stepped up at the last second to remind the audience that they still matter (e.g. coming in clutch with flaming molotovs as Hilltop was about to be slaughtered during the Savior War), but at the end of the day they’re essentially a back-up plan, for both the other characters and the writers. Rarely is anyone’s first instinct to go to Oceanside for help or a place to lie low, as the community is so far away and excludes itself from the rest of the communities.

When Aaron’s group learns Oceanside was potentially wiped out, they essentially say “Oh well,” and head to Alexandria. In no way does Aaron suggest that they look for Rachel or Cyndie, whom Luke and Jules never claimed were dead. It’s because at the end of the day, Oceanside adds nothing to the story. The cliffhanger involving Lance and Oceanside was a spectacular way to hype viewers up for the final episodes, but was ultimately just a cheap cop-out even worse than the infamous Season 6 cliffhanger. There are still two episodes left and Oceanside deserves justice with at least a shout-out or check-in that even actor Ross Marquand said there wasn’t any time for.

New episodes of The Walking Dead air Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on AMC and stream a week early on AMC+.

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