The 6th and final episode of the first season of Tales of the Walking Dead tells the story of a young couple who find themselves in a house of horrors. But do they deserve what’s happening to them?
Warning! This review contains major spoilers for Tales of the Walking Dead Episode 6: La Doña
The name of this episode refers to a Spanish colloquial meaning “lady of the house.” La Doña is a term that usually denotes a respectful title, such as Madam or Lady. With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at what this episode is all about.
This one starts out with a young couple, Eric and Idalia (played by Danny Ramirez and Daniella Pineda), desperately trying to escape screaming voices in the dark woods. Idalia suggests that they head to a house of a nearby “witch” for safety.
When they get to the house, it’s mostly empty, but the lights are still on. Soon enough, Doña Alma appears. The old woman is reluctant to let the couple stay, but when Dali tells her that she heard about the house from a woman she met named Maria, Doña Alma lets them stay — but only for one night!
Ok umm idk wtf happened in 1×6 but it was fucking good let me say Daniella Pineda and Danny Ramirez acted they’re asses off I’m still very confused but haven’t been this scared and a TWDU episode ever overall this was a 10/10 #TalesOfTWD
— Steven The Number One Father Gabriel Stan 🎃🍂🍁🍭 (@Gabriel_Aaron28) September 12, 2022
Dali describes the undead as sleepwalkers, or sonámbulos, many times in this episode. It’s a great term for the shambling undead, but it also speaks to the subconscious affect La Doña and the house have on the couple.
During dinner, la Doña reminds them that they must be on their way in the morning and she’s happy to provide blankets for their trip. But Eric isn’t having it. He doesn’t understand why they can’t just stay there with her because going back out there would mean certain death.
Eric gets a bit pushy with Doña Alma as they argue and the woman suffers some sort of heart attack and falls to the floor, smashing her head on the way down.
So Dali and Eric decide to stay in the house after all, but the transfer of ownership doesn’t go as smoothly as they’d hoped. Dali begins hearing voices and seeing horrifying images of La Doña’s spirit haunting her at every turn. Even the long-dead Maria comes back to haunt Dali and eventually Eric, too.
MEET La Doña! I will be on Tales of the Walking Dead on @AMCPlus September 11th and @AMC_TV on September 18th. #ladoña #juliecarmen #TOTWD Directed by Deborah Kampmeier Written by Lindsey Villarreal #SaveTheDate pic.twitter.com/qxk6MiQIEM
— Julie Carmen (@JulieCarmen3) September 2, 2022
“Esta es mi casa,” Doña Alma’s spirit whispers over and over again, making Dali lose her mind. Later, when Dali is outside, La Doña reminds her that “Esta es mi tierra” (this is my land), which proves that Doña Alma’s spirit reaches beyond the house itself.
One of my favorite scenes of this episode happened when an army of small metal Jesus figurines on Doña Alma’s wall crawled off of their crucifixes and climbed all over Dali. Talk about creepy!
Soon enough, the house drives both Eric and Dali crazy to the point that they’re fighting each other. Eric blames Dali for the hallucinations while Dali blames Eric for the death of the woman (and her parrot!). It seems like Dali is taking the side of the old woman and she turns her anger toward Eric.
Maria even makes another appearance to Eric to order him to “get” Dali, but Dali snaps him out of it. This is the point where we get some more backstory on the couple’s travels after the zombie apocalypse started. We learn that the old woman may not be the first person whom Eric killed, and they seem to have quite a few skeletons in their closet, so to speak.
In the end, the house captures the couple with a wall of vines and they join the bodies of the others they’ve wronged throughout their travels.
Final Thoughts on the Episode and Series
Overall, I really enjoyed this episode quite a bit. It has some great scary and creepy moments, and the pace was perfect. I often intend to watch these shows piece by piece throughout my day, but I just couldn’t bring myself to pause this one.
And now that the first season of Tales of the Walking Dead is in the bag, I must say that I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I wasn’t entirely sold on the show after the first two episodes, but the third one (Dee) really hooked me in. And I feel like it kept a steady pace throughout episodes 4, 5, and 6.
Of course, not every one felt that way.
The last episode of Tales Of The Walking Dead was so boring and nonsensical. I don’t understand why some episodes have paranormal stuff like ghosts that has no place in this universe.
— Άρτεμις (@InsomniaAhypnia) September 11, 2022
So now I’m curious to know how you liked it. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, was this anthology series what you expected? Let us know in the comments, and watch for the main TWD series to return to AMC and AMC+ on October 2.