Times, they are a-changing in Alexandria, and we finally get to see what the citizens of this tribe are capable of. There are walkers all around the city walls but Rick back, and he is ready to lead the town to victory–which only means they live, not that they necessarily get to keep the town. To do that, he needs the help of his Tribe, Deanna and the rest of Alexandria. This week, I’m recapping two episodes in one post, people, so keep up.
While we are gaining insight into the intimate moments of our characters’ lives, time is moving very slowly in the Walking Dead universe and it seems as if we are looking at the quarry herd parade from numerous angles, our only reprieve from that story, an insightful peek into Morgan’s history. This week, I’m recapping two episodes in one post, people, so keep up.
The Tribe has survived multiple attacks from the living and dead, rotating out the weak, with the core members remaining vigilant to the integrity of the group. When they found Alexandria, the fortified walls and welcoming nature of the group solidified the Tribe’s desire to remain. Recent events, including the repeated violent actions of Rick, have caused Alexandrians to not only question the tactics but the loyalty of the Tribe to the rest of Alexandria. Still, the question that continues to rise in this post-apocalyptic setting is, what does one have to do to survive? In the case of Alexandria, survival depends on Rick and his group, because regardless of the morality behind their tactics, the Tribe has survived outside of Alexandrian walls long enough to know that it isn’t always the dead who are the threat. More often than not, it is imperative to fear the living, as well.
The season 6 opener of The Walking Dead is both a flashback and flashforward. The time jump is framed in color for present and black and white for past, with the black and white story taking us to the Alexandria after the death of Reg Monroe and the execution of Pete Anderson, at the hands of Rick Grimes. This complex situation brings us to the story in color; Alexandria a few months (weeks?) down the line. The juxtaposition allows for a quick and dirty transition for audiences to the new Tribe, who are ultimately trying to build a community during the apocalypse while fighting for their lives from both the living and the dead.
Summer is a great time to catch up on good television. Last summer, I binge watched Supernatural and found myself in a fandom (for better or worse). A few years ago, I did the same with Dexter and True Blood, then Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy. My normal schedule demands I chose my weekly shows carefully, as I don’t have enough hours in my day to watch everything I want to. So each summer, I get to watch off-season shows that I missed during the rest of the year. It’s always a difficult decision, but I knew at least two shows I really wanted to see in time to catch up for their second seasons, one I was compelled to watch (I blame the Collectress) and one I just sort of fell into.
I started with the one show I was dying to watch; Sleepy Hollow. It is an old tale, but an American classic. This interpretation of Washington Irving’s short story is exciting, terrifying and even a little funny (Ichabod Crane cracks me up). As a close and personal Twitter acquaintance to Mr. Trollando Jones and, after seeing the #SuperSleepy antics during SPN S09, I knew this show would be worth the wait. There are only 13 episodes in the first season and I was hooked at the pilot. Each episode is fairly intense and connects to a larger narrative that audiences are not quite yet privy to. This is a show I deliberately left out of my earlier piece this summer on FOX dropping the ball on sci-fi, because I hadn’t started the season and couldn’t comment quite yet. Let me say, this is an excellent television show, complete with a diverse cast, intelligent writing, an interesting set and effects. When the network announced they planned to renew for a second season, I am not ashamed to admit I did a happy dance.
And yes, I am definitely a cheerleader for team #SuperSleepy. MAKE IT HAPPEN Robbie Thompson!
In a dystopic world, in which food, shelter and kindness are rarities, our factions are looking for stability. This includes, not only health, safety and companionship but also a sense of home. An environment in which occupants are able to rest and reflect is essential to the mental and physical health of our tribe members. This is why Rick was able to heal his mind after Lori’s death–he had work to keep him busy(Farmer Rick!) and a place to recuperate safely. After the confrontation with the Governor, the destruction of the prison and ultimately, the tribe rupture, factions are not only searching for each other, but meaning and purpose in a very violent and changed world.
The factions are swiftly moving, whether toward each other and a utopian existence or death, no one can be sure. Without any sort of media or communication system, finding friends or even knowing what happens outside of the Georgia wilds is impossible. In a post-apocalypse world, the best way to know where a person will be at any given time is to KNOW that person, their habits and, as simple as it sounds, have FAITH. This isn’t faith it God or a higher power, but faith in humanity, in each other and the choices made. With the breakdown of government, media and all of society, tribe members each have uniquely personal reasons for the decisions they make. Maggie is determined to find Glen; Sasha is afraid of the truth about Tyrese; Bob doesn’t want to be alone; Daryl is protective and maybe even a bit smitten with Beth, who simply wants to hope again, while Rick, Carl, and Michonne struggle to develop and retain some sort of semblance of self.While the biters are the physical threat, the mental breakdown of the tribe seems eminent. Each faction member is being forced to restructure value systems that have been in place since before the turn. There is no question that the factions are stronger as a unified tribe, but will they find each other any time soon or will they die trying?
Those who made it thus far during the zombie apocalypse continue to work toward survival as well as some sort of unification with other, friendly tribes. In a world in which the dead walk the earth and the living are vicious and unkind, individual survivors are at a disadvantage, to say the least. In this world, a lone survivor is one who, not only becomes an easy target for the masses of undead walkers and violent living, but also has experienced devastating loss. In previous posts, we have discussed the mental health issues that accompany a post-apocalyptic society; exploring the murderous tendencies of the Governor and Carol’s sociopathic break, but we have yet to see the weight of the world explained through the eyes of the good-hearted survivor. As time and circumstance wear down on these individuals, sometimes even the strong ones break.