Say hello to another new community! The world of The Walking Dead has greatly expanded over the last year and a half, as the move to Washington has introduced us to clusters of survivors from all over the place: in addition to the Alexandria Safe Zone, we've now got the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and of course the Sanctuary, each with their own people, both good and bad. The latest is a place known in the comics as "Oceanside." As the name suggests, it's a coastal town where people live in stranger-free isolation and customarily shoot intruders on sight. These people are well-armed, combat-ready, and merciless. They fend for themselves and have no interest in alliances of any kind. Even their youngest are handy with a semi-automatic, and much more than the Hilltop or even Alexandria, they seem to have the supplies and sense to survive on their own indefinitely.
Oh, and there are no men. As Tara soon learns, Oceanside is an all-female community — not out of some Mad Max-esque postapocalyptic ethos, they explain, but because the men once among them were wiped out systematically -- boys over 10 included. And whoever could be responsible for such a brutal and drastic measure?
That’s right, our boy Negan, who devised this form of gendered genocide after the Oceanside people refused to bend the knee. The women who remained were forced to continue working for the Saviors, à la the Alexandrians -- until they got understandably fed up, gathered their belongings, and split overnight for the coast. They've been living hidden and pessimistic with their huts and their guns ever since, as they make clear. They're certain they'll get by just fine forever, so long as word of their far-flung home never lands on Negan's ears.