The Walking Dead season 11, episode 21 recap – “Outpost 22”

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: October 30, 2022 (Last updated: January 26, 2024)
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The Walking Dead season 11, episode 21 recap - "Outpost 22"


The Walking Dead takes a much more action-oriented approach in reuniting several key characters, while also setting the stage for a big showdown to come.

This recap of The Walking Dead season 11, episode 21, “Outpost 22”, contains spoilers.

Aside from the few who are still lingering at the Commonwealth, almost all of The Walking Dead’s main characters have been reunited at this point. “Outpost 22”, a much more action-oriented instalment than usual, plays this up for maximum family drama while also laying the foundations for a big siege in the next episode that will, in some ways, bring everything back to where it started – or, at the very least, where it spent a lot of time.

The Walking Dead season 11, episode 21 recap

“Outpost 22” really benefits from its simple setup. Following Hornsby’s revelations about a train in The Walking Dead season 11, episode 20, Carol and Daryl are attempting to track both it and the convoy containing their friends, but they’re forced into hijacking the locomotive when they see Connie being forced inside and hear her referred to over the radio as a “Designation 2”.

Meanwhile, the rest of the gang is taken in convoy to a labour camp. Maggie, Gabriel, and Rosita are able to escape from the truck they’re being transported in thanks to the guard falling asleep, but they’re split up during the escape and Maggie finds herself alone. Ezekiel, Negan, Kelly, and Annie are all being transported on a bus further along, but no opportunities to escape present themselves. However, Annie is randomly removed and taken to a different destination, presumably another camp.

The labour camps expose a sinister underside of the Commonwealth’s front-facing illusion of an organized society. Exiles and lawbreakers are sentenced to hard labour; it’s on their backs that the so-called utopia is built. Ezekiel, Kelly, and Negan try to settle in, but they quickly discover how the place is designed to keep them isolated and break them psychologically. Nobody is allowed to be called by their name. They must only stop working to eat and sleep, and they’re not allowed to communicate with one another. This depiction of a prison system isn’t as intelligent and psychologically complex as the one in Andor episode 8, but it works on the same lines, the difficulty of escaping only exacerbated by the fact that Negan and Ezekiel have a long and difficult history. The former has a plan for escape, but it’ll mean he won’t survive.

What does “Designation 2” mean?

Elsewhere, the noise of the train manages to bring Maggie – who is forced to deal with a child walker that reminds her of Hershel and won’t stop following her – together with Daryl, Carol, Gabriel, and Rosita. To figure out what’s going on with Connie, Daryl interrogates a Commonwealth soldier about the meaning of Designation 2, but it’s Gabriel who is able to get through to him, since the man is religious, and is worried about forgiveness at his end. He can’t be specific about what Designation 2 means, but he does reveal that those given that classification are taken far away, never to be seen again.

Where is Outpost 22?

With that news, and advice to follow the tracks to find their friends, Daryl and the others hijack the train, save Connie, and plot their next attack on the titular Outpost 22. When Rosita uses the long-range radio to impersonate a Commonwealth soldier, she’s given directions to it – and they lead right to Alexandria. Pamela Milton has taken the place over and turned Alexandria into Outpost 22.

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